Rad Doctor DickersonPosted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in It’s not every day that a broken arm leads to a lifelong career, but that’s exactly what happened to Dr. Tom Dickerson ’00 MA as a high school junior. His trip to a radiologist for x-rays of his broken arm, and later a kidney, initiated a fascination that has paid off for the past 30 years. He currently serves as the chief executive officer for Clinical Radiologists, S.C. of Springfield, Illinois.
After earning an associate’s degree and becoming a registered radiology technologist, Dickerson completed his B.S. in Advanced Technical Studies and Management from Southern Illinois University. He went on to earn his M.A. in Human Resources from Ottawa University with a 4.0 GPA, and, in October 2014, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at Creighton University to earn his Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership, also with a 4.0. Rad, indeed.
Those are just the credentials behind his name, however. Dickerson’s actual work is equally impressive. For the past 16 years, he has managed the day-to-day business operations of a corporation with annual revenues of more than $50 million, and he manages 80 physicians and 50 support staff in the clinical component of the business. As if that wasn’t a big enough job, Dickerson is also the president of a separate company, Professional Business Services of Central Illinois, Inc. (PBSCI), which provides billing services for Clinical Radiologists and other clients.
Dickerson’s current position is an appropriate upward progression from his career’s increasingly demanding management roles. He first served as administrative director for Magnetic Imaging Center of Quincy (IL), where he increased market share and revenue each of his eight years using highly effective marketing and business development strategies, including the development of a free-standing imaging center. Dickerson then became the director of radiology and radiation therapy services at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, where he administered a staff of over 80 employees, successfully consolidated two merged health system departments, and appreciably expanded services and market share over a five-year period. In 1998, he moved into his current role as Clinical Radiologists CEO and later took the reins of PBSCI as president.
While his success in management has made for a very satisfying career, Dickerson’s professional accomplishments and his contributions within his local and professional communities are also very impressive. He has earned the designation as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is registered in both Radiology and Nuclear Medicine by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, is certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, and is a member and leader in multiple professional organizations, including the Radiology Business Managers Association. Within the community, Dickerson served on the Quincy School Board for 10 years, four as president and two as vice president; is currently on the Board of the Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and has served on a variety of local organizational and church boards, including his current role as elder and finance chairman at Faith Presbyterian Church of Quincy.
Dickerson himself would tell you that, while his career and community service are extremely important to him (he is a self-admitted borderline workaholic), they are, like his education, peripheral when compared to his most important and rewarding role. “I think the best job I’ve ever had is that of being a husband, father, and now grandfather,” says Dickerson. “My wife, Kerry, and children have been incredibly supportive of my career and educational pursuits, even at the expense of spending valuable time with them. I must share my master’s and doctoral efforts with them because, without their support, I would have struggled to complete them.”
He shared his educational efforts with his family in another way when his daughter, Kory, made the difficult decision to earn her bachelor’s degree, and now her master’s, as a single mom. Dickerson recommended she look into Ottawa, and Kory eventually chose to follow in her father’s footsteps by earning her B.A. in Psychology online in 2011. She is now enrolled in the M.A. in Human Resources program. While in school, Kory is working as the office manager for Clinical Radiologists in its Quincy office.
“Kory is an excellent employee and role model for the other staff members,” says Dickerson. “I couldn’t be more proud of her and the pursuits of my other two children in furthering their education.” Dickerson’s younger daughter, Kristen, is completing her undergraduate degree online through the University of Illinois and currently works as a credentialing coordinator for Clinical Radiologists. His son, Nathan, is an accomplished school psychologist who practices in the St. Louis area.
Clearly, “rad” runs in the family.