Steve Clevenger, the radiology manager at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, has received Fellow designation by the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA).
The AHRA Fellow designation recognizes the significant contributions of AHRA members to the association, as well as their professional experience and educational accomplishments. It is recognition of those members who participate, serve, and lead within their profession. Clevenger was one of two members to receive Fellow designation this year.
Clevenger has been with Emory Healthcare since October, 1981, and currently serves as the manager of radiology at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. He has been an AHRA member since 1995 and was elected to the AHRA Board of Directors in 2002, and was re-elected to the Board in 2004.
Clevenger came to field of radiology by way of the U.S. Air Force. "I was an aircraft maintenance specialist and one night I was standing in the dark, inhaling jet fumes - cold and wet thinking about my future," he recalls. "I began thinking about a friend of my wife's who happened to be a CT tech. I didn't really know anything about radiology at the time, but she seemed to really enjoy her work. My only exposure no pun intended to X-ray was when the planes I worked on were being examined for cracks in the wings. I remember they used really big pieces of film."
Soon after, Clevenger began taking radiologic technology classes in Oakland, CA, and shortly after graduation moved his family to Atlanta and began working at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.
"I started as a radiologic technologist, but shortly moved to the CT lab. I guess I was doing something right as I moved from CT tech to supervisor for a number of years, then to QA coordinator and then assistant director and I finally settled into my present role as radiology manager," says Clevenger.
"I like working at Crawford Long because it feels like home to me. It's a large facility with a high-tech touch that has a small town feel to it - the staff truly care about our patients and each other," he says.
"Steve is an asset to Emory Crawford Long Hospital and deserves this fellowship designation," says Al Blackwelder, chief operating office of Emory Crawford Long Hospital. "He played a vital role in the re-design of the radiology department in Crawford Long's $270 million redevelopment project. We now have a state-of-the-art facility that has improved access for our patients and work flow for our medical and hospital staffs."