“When you’ve been in one place this long, you have the opportunity to get to know your patients – that’s what I love most about my job!”
If you’re a woman over 40 in Iroquois County who has had a mammogram, you might already know Sue Frye. If not, you’re in for a treat! This radiologic technologist has been a member of the IMH family for 20 years this November. While every radiologic technologist in IMH Medical Imaging performs standard x-rays, most of them have a specialty. Sue’s specialties are mammograms and bone density tests. When Sue’s oldest daughter was very young she had medical complications. Naturally the tests that were being performed on her daughter were difficult to understand. Thus, she made the decision to go back to school to be a radiologic technologist, so that she would be able to understand the testing that her daughter was having done. Sue graduated from Kankakee Community College and worked as a mammography tech for a short while at another hospital before joining the IMH family.
Over the years she has seen many changes to the way mammography is read and performed. When Sue started, she the images that were created for a mammogram were imprinted using xerography (blue and white flat images). She has since seen the era of film, 2D, and now 3D mammography. Each advancement has allowed the doctors to gain a clearer view. While bone density testing hasn’t changed much, she has also seen significant changes in basic radiology – from film x-rays to digital. But one thing remains constant, Sue is there for the patients. She is well liked and often requested by name.
When Sue is not working, she can typically be found at her other job – in the fields farming with her husband Tom or tending to the farm animals. There have been many days that Sue has come to IMH after delivering/pulling calves! She spends as much time as she can with her 3 children and 7 grandchildren – luckily they all live fairly close. Tom and Sue have been married for 41 years in November and have grown to love traveling. They often take nature trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and camp for several days.
When we asked Sue why she enjoyed working at IMH she said, “I love the people I work with – we have a great team here! I especially love the one on one care I’m able to give my patients because IMH is a small community hospital. I feel like getting to know my patients is the most rewarding part of my job!” Sue has been described as hardworking, helpful, and knowledgeable.
From all of us, Thank you Sue for your years of dedication and hard work at IMH! You are a true Superstar in Healthcare!