By John Wallace
University Hospitals Director of Radiology Informatics Beverly Rosipko, RT (R), CIIP, MS, is responsible for the radiology operations team and the image library teams. They are an extension of the informatics team as they provide support to the radiology department. She says she is fortunate to work in radiology.
When asked how she came upon her current career Rosipko said, “By sheer luck, in 2003, I was asked if I wanted to be the super user for the Radiology PACS for CMC. The plan was to transition from film to PACS, 100% digital. And 19 years later here we are!” Almost two decades later she still gets excited about going to work.
“I love my job because I get to help make things better for our patients! The patient is the number one driving force for me,” she explained. “I have always enjoyed helping others, sometimes to a fault. In my job, I love the opportunities to help others grow into their potential. I get to participate in designing solutions to improve efficiencies, lead and enable change, each day is different, and I get to learn something new almost every day!”
Among her many accomplishments, Rosipko has a thoughtful answer when asked about her top achievement.
“Leading the conversion of five hospitals onto the UH Radiology Applications to enable one patient radiology record for the radiologists to provide best care! Leading UH to enterprise image management system, which is comprised of radiology, cardiology, ophthalmology, camera capture, point of care ultrasound, digital pathology and driving electronic image exchange with more than 25 locations connected,” she said.
Rosipko’s fondness for helping patients is matched by her desire to help coworkers.
She explains her leadership style as “servant leadership.”
“I do not expect my team to do anything I would not do,” Rosipko said.
She has an open-door policy and welcomes conversations so she can get to know her team members on an individual basis.
“I like to be in the know and available to my team – personal or professional,” Rosipko said. “I have helped guide some team members when they came to me with personal health problems or other.”
When asked about individuals who have mentored her along the way she named Dr. Donna Plecha as someone who has helped by being encouraging, supportive and uplifting during difficult situations.
“She saw potential in me that I did not see in myself,” Rosipko said about Plecha. “Jennifer Carpenter has been a mentor over the years, she is a strong leader and she has provided me guidance along the way anytime I needed input in the IT realm. She has taught me inadvertently and intentionally over the years, she has a lot of experience and knowledge to share from business planning and financials to vendor relations.”
Dr. Jeffrey Sunshine has been a mentor the longest.
“We have worked together for over 15 years indirectly and then directly,” Rosipko said. “He helped me in the radiology informatics realm, contracting, communication, ‘Crawl, walk, run’ motto, proactive approach to system issues – ‘How can we monitor it?’ ‘Why is the end user notifying us?’ and too many other things to list.”
Her mentors taught her many things through the years including, “Patients first above all else” and that relationships are key, understanding the end users and their perspective is detrimental, communicate 7 ways 7 times and to know her worth.”
Rosipko is paying it forward by serving as a mentor to Tonisa Bermudez and Danielle Caovan.
“They teach and guide me too and I like to think I have small impact on each of my team members, to help them in their career,” she added.
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with family including her husband of 29 years and her three children, two of which are in the health care field as registered nurses. The youngest is a junior in high school. She said she also enjoys her six grandsons who range in age from 2 to 10 years old.