By Luann Culbreth, M Ed, MBA, RT(R)(MR)(QM), CRA, FSMRT, FAHRA
January 2012—Seriously! As of January 1, 2012 there are 4,001 AHRA members. Thanks to the efforts of the “Get Serious” Membership Campaign, AHRA membership has grown from 3,601 back in July, to 3,768 in November, to now just over 4,000. This is the greatest growth in membership AHRA has seen since 2008. In November 2010, membership dropped by 700 people. That sent a strong message that organizations and individuals were financially strained in seeing the value of AHRA supporting their medical imaging leadership. But now the awareness campaign has enlightened so many both vertically and horizontally in organizations that the AHRA office staff is receiving stories along the lines of chief operating officers sending emails to leaders referencing Radiology Management articles. The new organizational membership model has surprised many to find that facilities are now paying for AHRA memberships previously paid by individuals. Happy 4001!
And Happy New Year 2012! I didn’t make any resolutions this year; in fact, I stopped doing that several years ago when I realized I was likening it to goal setting during performance reviews. It was becoming painful to think about what I would change (or reword) from how I lived my life. I’ve never been able to fool myself into thinking a turn of the calendar would alter my habits. Like many of you, at this point in my life and career I am who I am. I can only resolve to be more faithful to God, servant to those I lead and a close follower to those that teach. This is also my wish for each of you, and to be true to yourself.
Our celebration of AHRA’s continued growth in membership is in line with our Professionalism Goal 1: AHRA will enable imaging leaders to be recognized as professionals who possess the knowledge and expertise to serve as leaders in healthcare. Now as we begin a new year I encourage you to also take advantage of upcoming opportunities that align with Professionalism Goal 2: AHRA will cultivate future leaders through education, training and networking. From now through April there will be several of these opportunities through AHRA with webinars, regional meetings, and conferences. Coding and reimbursement, contrast, communication, benchmarking, digital radiography, safety, and radiation risks are just a few of the topics scheduled to be presented over the next couple of months. Stay “linked in” with AHRA’s website for the latest in scheduled events.
My AHRA board of directors spotlight this month is on Jason Newmark. Jason is one of the newest members of the board, as he just began his first of a three year term in August. He has been an active member of AHRA since 2004, volunteering his many talents in areas such as design teams and speaking at annual meetings and conferences. Jason is the director of diagnostic services – pathology and radiology at Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. He has a management background focused on operations, strategy, finance, and technology. Jason’s personal interests are golf, hiking, family time, and travel. Please contact him at email@example.com for anything about AHRA. Jason sent two members of his team, Sofia Iddir and Mark Feeley, to the 2011 Fall Conference. They are new AHRA members and first time attendees to any AHRA event. Ask Jason how he justified Sofia and Mark’s trip to his organization.
Speaking of the board of directors, the call for nominations is open through the end of this month for the 2012-2013 president-elect and board candidates. Anyone can anonymously nominate an AHRA member in good standing for these volunteer positions. Just click this link and it will take you to the simple online nomination form. Roland Rhynus is chair of the Nominations Committee, which will do the detailed work of ensuring viable candidates are on the ballot when voting occurs in just a few months. As an AHRA member, I highly encourage you to nominate someone you feel represents the membership and the medical imaging profession. It’s your future.
Happy New Year!
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 Luann.Culbreth@stthomas.org.