Richard, while semi-retired, has been working as the product facilitator and facility manager of Ambature in Flagstaff, Arizona. More recently, as a part time endeavor, he has assisted and consulted in Ambature’s research Goldwater Materials Science Building at Arizona State University in Tempe.
During this same time period, he provided pro bono assistance to Green Sky Farms in the design and development of a unique prototype of Vertical Hydroponic growing which would allow up to 182 leafy green plants to be grown in a 4 ft square footprint.
Prior to his semi-retirement, Richard enjoyed a multifaceted 35 year career in the field of Nuclear Medicine. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology with a specialty in Nuclear Medicine from the University of Cincinnati in 1975, he went on to manage a large nuclear medicine department at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boston. This responsibility oversaw a 1.3 million dollar budget while generating revenues exceeding 3.7 million while coordinating three physicians and eleven support staff, as well as developing new patient procedures as technology evolved.
Also during this time he was elected to participate in a hospital wide task force to improve efficiency of services, reduce costs and increase employee partnership and patient relationships. He was chosen by the hospital administrating to pioneer a study for the West Suburban Hospital Association (a consortium of 17 Massachusetts hospitals) to examine the purchasing practices of nuclear related isotopes and their pharmaceutical reagents used in patient care. These efforts resulted in over 2 million dollars of savings and the plans to fund it’s own radiopharmacy which would offer even greater future cost reductions.
In addition to these efforts, Richard worked with Union Carbide. His department became the beta site for world’s newest imaging technology, and specifically through his efforts the first migraine headache was visualized through it various states of progression/regression. He also served as Vice President of the NEW England Chapter of Nuclear Medicine Technology and was responsible for organizing their annual meetings including speakers and sponsors.
He gave over 11 scientific presentations at both national and local seminars, became editor of the New England Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, started a Day Care Center for hospital employees and the community at large in conjunction with the Boston YMCA, which he served on their board for nine years, served on the Advisory Board for Bunker Hill Community College for six years. In 2004 Tucker’s Nuclear Medicine Consulting, INC was established in Minnesota to advise, design and assist departments in their growth and patient services. After retiring from Flagstaff Medical Center in 2007, he assisted Mountain Heart of Northern Arizona to design their imaging department and helped guide their selection of imaging equipment.