Seasonal Change

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By Luann Culbreth, M Ed, MBA, RT(R)(MR)(QM), CRA, FSMRT, FAHRA

October 2011–Is it fall? Or is it spring? I guess that depends on your respective location. Although AHRA is perceived as an American association, at least once or twice a year we get to see our members from around the world at the annual meeting and other events. Medicine, radiology, management and the need for education in each of these knows no boundaries. So as the sun was recently vertical over the earth’s equator many are coming into a season of fall, others are entering spring. This is also reflective of our professional lives. We routinely change seasons by ending a fiscal year, starting a new one; saying goodbye to some associates, beginning orientation with new ones; happily retiring old equipment, installing new technology. What’s going on in your professional season of change?

For AHRA, it’s time to change a couple of liaison representatives to key organizations. Did you know that we have a liaison to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)? The JRCERT is the accrediting body for educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Tim Ludwig, with CarolinaEast Health System inNorth Carolina, has served two (three year) terms as the “administrator” director on the JRCERT board of directors. His service has been invaluable and now the AHRA board has submitted nominees for consideration by the JRCERT for his replacement in the upcoming year. Thank you, Tim!

Did you also know that we have a liaison to The Joint Commission’s Professional and Technical Advisory Committees (TJC-PTAC)? Deanna Welch, with Intermountain Healthcare inUtah, has served two (two year) terms on the Ambulatory Care PTAC as the AHRA representative. She has been instrumental in articulating the positions of AHRA, and now the AHRA board has also submitted nominees for consideration by The Joing Commisson for her replacement. Thank you, Deanna! These are just a couple of organizations the AHRA works in partnership with as we focus on our goals of professionalism and collaboration. And thanks to everyone who serves the AHRA in a liaison role. If you’re interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact the AHRA office.

David Fox

Each month, I would like to  spotlight a director on the AHRA board and, this month, is David R. Fox. If you know him, you know he needs no introduction! Dave is a passionate man in everything he does and that’s a great asset for AHRA. He is serving a second term on the board, with two years remaining. This year he was selected by the board to serve on the Executive Committee. Dave is the assistant vice president of clinical and emergency services for Baptist Health System in Little Rock, AR.His background is in nuclear medicine (CNMT), and he holds an MBA and a CRA credential. His personal interests are kids and family activities, foster parenting, church, and community philanthropy activities. Please contact Dave at – he’ll be happy to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and share his passion for AHRA with you.

Be on the lookout for information about the Best Practices in Radiology Awards, a joint award of Health Imaging magazine, AHRA, and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA). This is a new award that recognizes work done in the last year to improve quality, outcomes, increase efficiencies, and, of course, reduce costs in departments and facilities. Many of you have been implementing some type of Lean, kaizen event, and A3 Review in your operations. These would be perfect entries for this patient centric award. I look forward to seeing all of your projects overwhelm the panel of judges!

Finally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world. This impacts all of us, either personally or professionally. Whether you’re having a mammogram or supporting someone that is, performing a mammogram or managing someone who is, be mindful of the significant role medical imaging plays in the early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Please give an extra thank you to those who touch the lives of so many.

I hope your seasonal change comes with growth, learning, and happiness. I look forward to seeing many of you at the AHRA Fall Conference inLas Vegas (October 25-27).


Luann Culbreth, M Ed, MBA, RT(R)(MR)(QM), CRA, FSMRT, FAHRA is president of the 2011-2012 AHRA Board of Directors. She is executive director of cardiology, medical imaging, radiation oncology at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN and can be reached at

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