This post is sponsored by Radisphere National Radiology Group.
Wooster Community Hospital’s (WCH) Radiology Medical Director Gabriele Pedicelli, MD talks about his interest in radiology and why he joined WCH in 2009. Along with his onsite Medical Director role at WCH, he also is part of Radisphere National Radiology Group, whose delivery model is anchored by local radiologists who manage important hospital-based activities of radiology – interventional radiology, general interpretations, live consultations and participation in clinical leadership of the hospital.
Why did you decide to go into radiology?
“It’s a specialty where you never get bored. You’re not doing the same thing all the time, even though it can look that way. People think radiology is just sitting in a room reading images all day. That’s not the case.”
What’s your favorite part of practicing radiology?
“I like to do interventional radiology where you interact with patients – biopsies or drainages post-op. If it’s a biopsy, you find out if it’s cancer or not. If it’s a drainage, you help the patient without having them go back into an operating room and they’re happy with that. You see the result quickly, and I like that.”
Why did you choose to join Radisphere and to work onsite at WCH?
“The opportunity was great since I live in Columbus. I also like the fact that when I am onsite, I have support from the remote network of Radisphere radiologists during the day. I can just contact Radisphere’s Operations Center and they have another radiologist cover for me.”
How do you see it evolving?
“Subspecialty is becoming much more of a 24/7 priority for hospitals. When I ran a radiology group in Chillicothe, we had a contract with a hospital that was twice the size of WCH, and we were a group of six radiologist partners. One day, the hospital said their medical staff wanted subspecialty reads. But in a group of six radiologists, you can’t have subspecialty readers because you lack sufficient imaging volumes. So we had to merge with another group.
“The days of small radiology groups doing everything for a community hospital are numbered. More and more, community and rural hospitals will want subspecialty coverage, and I believe Radisphere’s delivery model is the model that will become the standard, with the need for 24/7/365 availability of radiology.”