Being a Member of the AHRA EF Board

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By Ernesto A. Cerdena, MS, RT, CRA, FACHE, FAHRA

March 2012–The late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin once said “Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.” This inspiring quote epitomizes the concept of philanthropy. By definition, philanthropy means the love of humanity, love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing of “human potential.” I find this meaning to be in alignment with the mission of the AHRA Education Foundation (EF) which, in cooperation with AHRA, obtains and provides resources to enhance the effectiveness of imaging and healthcare disciplines.

In 2009, I was appointed as a Class II director to the (EF) Board. This honor has meant a great deal to me as it has allowed me the opportunity to serve our members on their journey as they continue to grow and succeed as leaders in the field of medical imaging. During my first term as a board director I was given three years to serve with the opportunity to be reappointed for a second term. At the Annual Meeting last year, I was nominated and elected to serve as the Chair.

As Chair, I have had the privilege and honor to work with members of both the AHRA and EF boards of directors. Collaborating with this creative, committed, and forward thinking group of imaging leaders has made my role enjoyable, meaningful, and inspiring. Collectively, we have achieved fundraising goals. For example, the 2011 Annual Appeal “Pin III” campaign raised over $15,000 with a matching $7,500 pledge from Metal Quest. In addition, our corporate partners continue to support myriad programs that include the Leadership Institute’s basic, advanced, and executive tracks; partners in learning; and various scholarships.

This summer my first term will be up, and I look forward to continuing efforts to serve our members with a focus on leadership and education. In addition, the EF board is currently looking for nominees for a Class III board position. To be considered for the position, an ideal candidate shall posses the following characteristics:

  • strong leadership skills, high integrity, and easy camaraderie
  • involvement with the association in the past and the drive and passion to be  involved in shaping its future
  • eager to share their knowledge and passion for imaging management
  • previous experience, willingness, and commitment to participate in fundraising events

Serving on the EF board is truly an amazing journey. Connecting with fellow AHRA members and partnering with vendors brings much enthusiasm and excitement toward attaining a common goal. Simply put, improving the service quality through leadership enhancement and effectiveness of imaging administrators will not only positively impact the provision of patient care but also move medical imaging operations to the next level. So don’t wait, join us in sharing our vision by taking the first step to nominate a peer to become the next AHRAEF board member.

Nominations are due March 30, 2012.

Ernesto A. Cerdena, MS, RT, CRA, FACHE, FAHRA is the Chair of the AHRA Education Foundation Board 2011-2012. He is also the director of imaging services at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Putnam Hospital Center in Hudson Valley, New York. He can be reached at

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