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Gay Calloway loves her job with IU Health University Hospital. She has worked at a CT technologist for more nearly four decades.
By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes, email@example.com
Her co-workers in radiology look up to Gay Calloway like she’s a rock star. She is one of the veterans on the force that cares for patients behind-the-scenes.
A native of Indianapolis Callaway was one of six children of a strong Catholic family. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and enrolled at IUPUI thinking she might study computer science.
“My sister was a med tech at Methodist and they were having a science fair for allied health fields. I was introduced to radiology and thought it was a good fit for me,” said Calloway. She started at IU Health in 1983.
“I love meeting interesting people. Everyone has their own story,” said Calloway. “I’m always hearing something new, like one patient who shared he was a pilot in Vietnam.”
She’s also seen technology change during the past three decades. Scanners are getting faster, making it easier to complete more exams.
“I have known Gay for the past 30 years. Gay is compassionate with patients and is also friendly, easy to talk to, and has an uplifting positive attitude even on the busiest of days,” said Michelle Alting, radiology manager. “In Radiology, we work with students and Gay is one of the best at teaching. Gay’s patience and passion for her career in CT and details in explaining CT are reasons for her excellence in teaching. She is also a pleasure to work with and creates a welcoming environment for patients, co-workers and visitors.”
When a patient is undergoing a scan, Calloway is positioned at the control panel making sure the patient is doing well and the scan is going according to plan. A majority of patients are diagnosed with cancer and are getting follow up scans. Sometimes she sees repeat patients.
“I try to help calm their nerves. Sometimes I act like it’s not a big deal. I’ve had a few gentlemen ask if I’ve ever been in the Army because I’m very direct but you don’t treat everyone the same. Some people are chatty and others just want to get it over with and move on,” said Calloway. “Most of my patients are fortunate to be at IU Health and they let you know that.”
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