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Hospital, institute partner on sonography program

Hospital, institute partner on sonography program

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Elaine Nichols

Elaine Nichols is the new diagnostic medical sonography program director at Sovah Health-Danville. She was previously the diagnostic medical sonography program director at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Bedford. 

Sovah Health-Martinsville and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research are launching the region’s first sonography training program.

The new accelerated 12-month program will fill a regional workforce shortage for registered sonographers, according to a news release from Sovah Health and the Institute.

Sovah Health and other heath care providers have pointed to limited access to registered sonographers, which has resulted in unfilled positions and dependence on temporary and traveling talent services, according to the news release.

The Virginia Tobacco Commission will provide a $238,775 grant — matched by Sovah Health and the Institute — for the program’s start.

Sovah Health will develop and carry out the program and the Institute will serve as its fiscal agent. The Institute will work with the Dan River Region Collaborative to explore opportunities for what would be the state’s second registered health care apprenticeship with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Qualified candidates for the program will include students who have already earned a two-year associate’s health degree or a degree in another discipline include radiologic technology, registered nursing or registered respiratory therapy. Also, students with a bachelor’s degree and course work in physics and anatomy are qualified.

Anyone interested in applying for the sonography training program should complete an application on Sovah Health’s website. For more information, call 434-799-2271 and ask for the school of Health Professions program director or sonography program director.

Deadline for applications is Dec. 15, 2021. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Sovah Health-Danville also has a new diagnostic medical sonography program director, Elaine Nichols.

Nichols will meet virtually with potential students who have questions. The first session is at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Nichols at elaine.nichols@lpnt.net.

John Crane is a reporter for the Danville Register & Bee. He can be reached at jcrane@registerbee.com or 434-791-7987.

John Crane is a reporter for the Danville Register & Bee. He can be reached at jcrane@registerbee.com or 434-791-7987.

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