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2012 SVCC Outstanding Alum-Kristina Thompson Nystrom


As Sauk Valley Community College students received their degrees Friday night, they also saw the opportunities that await as the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Kristina Thompson Nystrom.

Nystrom, a 1989 radiologic technology graduate of SVCC, secured her first job as an X-ray technician at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. During her time in Wyoming she received certification in mammography technique and quality management. She helped develop a Women’s Health Center, served as State Secretary and delegate at the national level for the Association of Radiologic Technologists and became an associate instructor in radiologic technology at Casper Wyoming’s Junior College.

In May 2006, Nystrom received certification for Physician’s Assistant from Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. Currently she is one of only five radiologic physician’s assistant in the state of Iowa where she works at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Nystrom commented on her experience at SVCC by saying, “I feel it was a stepping stone to a career I chose quite by accident.  I have loved and developed a real passion for radiology then my subsequent interest in emergency medicine.  SVCC gave me the building blocks and the confidence to continue to pursue my dreams and obtain all my goals.”

Outside of her career, Nystrom supervises and mentors RPA students, volunteers as a certified EMS-B Tech, teaches Sunday School and has held many leadership roles on boards and committees associated with the radiology field. She resides in Fairfield, Iowa, with her husband, Dan, and two daughters, Samantha and Catylyn, and granddaughter Riley.

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes those who have gone on to make a positive and lasting impact on their community or career field. Nominees must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours or completed a certificate or degree at Sauk to be eligible. For more information about the SVC Foundation or the Award, contact Amy Viering at 815-835-6329, or email at