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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern BC has two new ultrasound technicians thanks to an innovative new program created by Northern Health.

The program is called Sonography Training at Rural Sites (STARS). This program saw the training of two x-ray technologists that are already currently employed by Northern Health and cross educating them into ultrasound technology.

Prince Rupert, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek are the locations that will see the work of the new technicians.

MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says it is great to have two more technicians come in and help.

“This program is an example of some of the innovative solutions underway across the province to provide improved access to services such as ultrasound for patients living in rural communities. Adding two ultrasound techs to support northern B.C. residents will not only help increase access to this service, but enhance quality of care for the region.”

Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North, also echoed Bernier’s comments.

“We’re proud to welcome the two new stars of the STARS program, providing enhanced training like ultrasound through cross-training has allowed our communities to benefit from skilled, committed employees who are a great asset to our health system.”

Filling these two roles will help decrease wait times for those in the listed communities. The two techs agreed to stay in Northern BC for two years, in exchange for the cost of the program being covered.

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