Have you ever wanted to study or even work as a sonographer on a lush tropical island in Hawaii? That possibility may be on the way to becoming a reality, thanks to what turned out be a very fruitful recent visit to the islands by WCUI’s team of leadership, Myra Chason, CEO, Andrew High, COO, and Jessica Marx, Vice President. The team’s goals were primarily to explore the ultrasound markets in Kauai and O’ahua by meeting with leading sonographers from the areas, and even a couple WCUI alumni, while exploring the opportunities for the placement of new schools, clinics, and/or externship and job placement sites.
Pali Momi hospital – Honolulu
The team first met with Royden Pascal, the lead pediatric echo sonographer at Pali Momi hospital in Honolulu, who helped them lay the foundation for making the hospital a possible externship site, as well as a place for future employment of WCUI graduates.
Myra Chason, CEO, and Royden Pascual, Lead Pediatric Echo Sonographer at Pali Momi Hospital
Wilcox Memorial Hospital – Kauai
Another alumnus, Zane Ramos met with the WCUI higher-ups at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Kauai, where he is a lead sonographer. Zane introduced the WCUI team to some of his coworkers, including Dr. Roger Netzer and Violet Ramos, a well-established nurse, who discussed with them the possibility of creating an externship program at the hospital, as well as the logistics and market factors involved with placing a new school and/or clinic in Hawaii.
Zane Ramos, Lead Sonographer, Myra Chason, CEO, Susan Pascual, and Andrew High, COO
The findings from the meetings and trip established that O’ahu would be the best island for WCUI expansion for many reasons, including its high population of around one million people, its more commercial and business-minded communities, and its lack of a medical imaging school. Furthermore, the island is considered a medical hub for Hawaii and draws people for medical care from all of the other islands. Kauai, on the other hand, would not be a candidate for placing a new ultrasound school due to its much smaller population size. However, the lush so-called “garden island” would be a great place to introduce a new clinic because of the existence of only 2-3 ultrasound machines and 3-4 medical centers on the entire island. With these aforementioned facts in mind, WCUI ‘s leadership is confident that Hawaii, and especially its islands of O’ahua and Kauia are wonderful resources for training and putting our graduates to work, as well as beautiful places whose medical infrastructure leaves ample room and golden opportunities for WCUI’s expansion.
“Engaging in some eco-tourism activities with the help of some locals”