OISI Staff Spotlight- Darren Parker

Posted October 2, 2020

Darren Parker

This week’s OISI  Staff Spotlight features Darren Parker, Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor.

1. How long have you been with OISI and what do you do here/ title?

I have been with OISI for 13 years. I am the Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor.

2. Proudest moment here at OISI or Favorite part of your job?

I would have to say problem-solving is the favorite part of my job. Most of the patients that come to the clinic are in some sort of discomfort/pain. As an orthopaedic x-ray tech, we are challenged with obtaining the most accurate images possible. In many instances, this involves thinking outside of the box to find a way to manipulate the equipment and/or patient to obtain the best images possible.

3. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Usually my bladder. No, seriously, this is going to sound cliché but the saying “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life.” I truly love what I do. I never feel like I’m getting up in the morning to go to “work”. I never dread coming to work and I attribute that to the team I have around me. I am very fortunate to have the best radiology team in So. Ill.

 4. People would be surprised if they knew what about you?

I don’t feel that there is anything about me that people would find surprising. After all, in high school, I was voted “Most likely to…”. So I will give you this interesting little bit of info, according to my mom I was the last baby delivered at Massac Memorial Hospital. I guess the doctors figured that it would never get any better and sent everyone else to Paducah.

5. What is your favorite thing to do in Southern IL?

Anything sports-related. I enjoy going to SIU football, basketball, and soccer games as well a Miners baseball. I enjoy taking the top off the Jeep and just driving and enjoying the weather and beautiful scenery of the Shawnee National Forest.

COVID-19 Precautions

We at Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality and safest orthopaedic care to the people of Southern Illinois.

In the interest of protecting our patients and employees, we have instituted the following procedures:

In following the CDC guidelines, while inside our facilities, all employees, patients, and visitors over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

With the exception of a single parent accompanying a minor or a designated caregiver accompanying an impaired adult, we will limiting the number of visitors accompanying patients to ensure safe social distancing wtihin our facilities. .

At this time, we will continue to provide full physician services in the office as well as physical and occupational therapy, imaging, pain management, and walkin clinic services for your immediate, acute orthopaedic needs.

We are working closely with our hospital partners for the continued provision of urgent and emergent orthopaedic care.

Please remember to stay calm, stay smart, and if you are feeling ill, stay home.

Thank you,
The Physicians and Staff of Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois.