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Rising Star: Jill Jones

By Erin Register

Rising Star: Jill JonesFrom the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas, Jill Jones, RT (R) (CT), is a site manager at Banner Imaging in Gilbert, Arizona. She received an associate degree in radiology from Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas.

“I decided to pursue X-ray my senior year of high school after a pretty bad bicycle accident,” said Jones. “I had to have multiple X-rays taken after the incident to ensure that nothing was broken, and the technologist who was performing the exams was so into her job. As I began asking her questions and getting answers, it intrigued me, so I decided to pursue it. I’m so glad I did.”

Beth Allen, RT (CT), CRA, director of clinical operations at Banner Imaging said, “Jill Jones is a very talented site manager on our team, and I see her doing great things in the next few years.”

ICE learned more about this Rising Star in an interview.

Q: What do you like most about your position?

A: As a current imaging manager, I enjoy that I am learning more than just the clinical side of the business. I am interested in seeing how it all comes together and what impacts I have on improving processes to make them better for the communities that we serve. I also love that I am able to continue to keep up my skills as a technologist by assisting in the areas that I know how to and onboarding new staff. Technology changes constantly, so keeping up with that changing technology and staying in the know with the changes is important.

Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?

A: What interests me the most is the patient care perspective. I love the daily interaction with the patients. Although I have been in the field for 25 years, I still wake up and look forward to what the day has in store. You learn something new every day by just listening to the patients and staff. At the end of the day, it creates a better version of myself.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?

A: I have had the opportunity to be a part of many startup companies and organizations. Being a leader during the recent transition to Banner Imaging has by far exceeded my expectations in myself and others to be able to visualize the impact that we have on a community. Working together as a team, we brought several imaging companies together to form one. This brought about many changes and processes that all had to be aligned. The support that senior leadership has provided has been phenomenal and is what continues to inspire me to push myself harder so that I can have that impact on future leaders.

Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?

A: I am currently studying to sit for my Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) license. I would love to continue to grow within Banner Imaging into a senior leadership role. The growth potential in leadership is vast, and I would like to continue to grow within our organization to push my comfort zone.

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