Washington DC VA Medical Center
Health Care Heroes: Radiology Team
The Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Radiology Team has been hard at work throughout the pandemic providing inpatient and outpatient Veterans with general x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, nuclear medicine and interventional services.
Like many specialists working through the pandemic, they have taken extra precautions to keep themselves and Veterans safe while fulfilling their vital mission. The team members have altered their appointment schedules and staggered shifts to allow adherence to physical distancing and safety guidelines.
According to the Chief of Radiology, Dr. Deepak Takhtani, the Radiology Team has been on the front lines of the pandemic almost daily.
“Our technologists are called upon to perform portable X-Rays or CT scans on COVID positive patients.”
Dr. Takhtani adds that he is honored to lead such a committed team. He is proud of how the team is performing and working together through the pandemic. “Members of the Radiology Department are like an extended family and have never hesitated to extend a helping hand to anyone who needs it,” he said.
He credits the positive attitudes and determination of individual staff members for seeing them through tough times.
“Our team is dedicated, experienced and spirited. There is a great sense of personal responsibility. Each member understands the important role he or she plays in Veterans’ health care,” Dr. Takhtani said.
Although he has led the team for the past two years, he is continually impressed by the team. “We have been making steady progress on improving the quality and timeliness of service.”
Dr. Takhtani says, “The Radiology Team is honored to provide critical radiology services to Veterans. They have given their best to our country and now it is our time to do our best for the Veterans we serve.”
As the medical center works through the phased approach of resuming services which were put on hold during the pandemic, it is also on a journey to become a High Reliability Organization (HRO) led by teams such as Radiology who are continually learning, improving and putting the safety of Veterans at the forefront.