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The mission of the Institute for Technology in Health Care (ITHC) is to support projects designed to identify, investigate, and apply new and existing technologies to the solution of health care problems.
To that end, the Institute will provide small grants that enable individuals and institutions to devise technologic applications that perform with more efficiency and greater accuracy.
The ITHC wishes to stimulate others to realize that technologies from any field can be refocused to benefit needs in health care problem-solving.
The Institute for Technology in Health Care has established awards in memory of W. Raymond Mize, Jr., M.D., first President of the Institute.
Dr. Mize was born in Arkansas in 1932. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1954. He subsequently received his M.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and interned in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital in Boston. He then entered the Navy and was assigned to the Marine Corps in Okinawa after which he returned to Washington, D.C., to study and practice Radiology, for his entire career, with the firm of Grover, Christie and Merritt, which operated the Radiology Department for the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. During Dr. Mize's tenure as President of the Institute it focused on technological approaches to assist in the clinical care of patients during the newly discovered crisis of HIV/AIDS.
He was interested as well in the rapid expansion of Radiology through Computerized Imaging, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, and the utilization of Radiology in performance of Angiography and other procedures resulting in more rapid diagnosis and actual clinical care of patients.
Presentation or publication of papers regarding work or projects by which students and practitioners receive stimulus to utilize technology in clinical care are eligible for the awards through accredited entities.
Additionally, Dr. Mize was particularly interested in the essential work and advancement of Radiology Technicians, who through their accredited organizations or schools are also eligible for these awards. He was the medical director of the School of Radiologic Technology from 1981 onward at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Mize passed away in 2004.