Foundation to name award as Parsons tribute

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Instrumental in radiology advances at Rockwood hospital

The ASRT Education and Research Foundation Board of Trustees has named its newest scholarship the Parsons Degree Achievement Scholarship in memory of Catherine Parsons.

Parsons, of Rockwood, died Oct. 4 in Chattanooga. She was 55.

The ASRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the world’s largest radiologic science organization.

The society represents more than 147,000 medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.
Parsons was active in the radiologic technology community.

She worked as administrative director of medical imaging at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville for many years.

Parsons began her career in 1976 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, where she helped to establish the first mammography department.

While at Chamberlain for more than 20 years, Parsons also established the hospital’s first ultrasound department.

She was a member of the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists and the ASRT, where she served as the 1998 national president.

She served the ASRT on several committees and task forces.

Parsons was a mammography delegate in the house of delegates for eight years and served three years on the board of directors.

She also was the only radiologic technologist to serve on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Reauthorization of mammography Quality Standards’ Act.

She was the first ASRT president to receive fellow status at the 1998 national conference. Fellow status is bestowed on members who have made significant contributions to the ASRT by serving in leadership positions, authoring articles, lecturing at meetings and helping to advance the radiologic science profession.

Her volunteer efforts included serving as chairwoman of the ASRT Foundation and two terms as president of the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists.