My name is Ronald Urquhart. I am from Ramer, Alabama, where I attended Montgomery County High School. After high school, I joined the army and completed three years of active duty service. I retired from the National Guard with 24 years of military service. I have been married for over 30 years and have two children, a son and a daughter, and I have a six-year-old grandson.
What is your title and what do you do at CARO?
I am a radiation therapist, part of a larger oncology team that cares for and treats cancer patients. I operate equipment, called a linear accelerator, that delivers concentrated high energy radiation to a patient’s tumor or cancer cells, shrinking or eliminating the cancer cells over time.
How did you become a part of CARO?
While working as a transporter at Baptist South Medical Center, I completed x-ray school offered through Baptist Hospital and became an x-ray technician, specializing in CT. Montgomery Cancer Center offered me a position doing CT simulations in their radiation oncology department. While doing CT simulations I received additional on-the-job training using the linear accelerator. This led to my attending radiation therapy school at Chattanooga State Technical College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I then received certification as a registered Radiation Therapist.
What do you like most about working at CARO?
I enjoy meeting and talking to our patients, offering emotional support before, during, and after treatment. I encourage them to stay positive throughout their treatment. I also enjoy being a part of the CARO family.
When you’re not at work, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
In my spare time, I enjoy sports, working on my classic truck, and spending time with family and friends, especially my grandson.