By Luann Culbreth, M Ed, MBA, RT(R)(MR)(QM), CRA, FSMRT, FAHRA
April 2012—April is a very busy month for AHRA. The Spring Conference, local area meetings, and the board of directors meeting have the AHRA home office in a flurry of activity – along with all of the usual activities going on such as the membership campaign, the year-end financial audit, and the upcoming election for president-elect and directors.
But what does all of this have to do with the lynx, a wildcat?
In the December issue of Link, I referenced an approval by the board for an initiative with Regents Health Resources, Inc. to develop an automated benchmarking tool. This month, AHRA is excited to introduce AHRAdatalynx in partnership with a collaborative division of Regents known as National Imaging Network. A task force, led by AHRA Publications Director Deb Murphy, has been working diligently since December with the steadfast team at Regents to bring this data tool to the hands of medical imaging leaders. AHRAdatalynx is being introduced at the Spring Conference where attendees will be the first to see this advancement in data access, management, and benchmarking. In our daily grind of medical imaging we are surrounded by data, sometimes so much we can’t get to what matters the most. With AHRAdatalynx, we’ll have the lynx eyes on relevant data. I trust you’ll explore this tool and find it invaluable as the database grows over the months and years to come.
Later this month, the board of directors will hold its second of three meetings during the 2011-2012 year of governance. Our schedule is full as we continue our focus on the strategic plan and consider pertinent action items and relevant reports. Here’s a sampling of items on our agenda this month: AHRAdatalynx, member survey analysis, the membership development campaign, area meetings, ISRRT World Congress 2012, professional collaborations (RBMA, ACR), RSNA liaison, AHRA Education Foundation nominations/elections, policies and procedures, the Gold Award, finance report, audit report, investment report, Form 990, CEO/staff report, AHRA Education Foundation fundraising campaign, RACC report, 2012 Annual Meeting in Orlando, and last but not least, the chief executive officer performance evaluation. All of this and more in just one day! The many committees and volunteers throughout AHRA have done and are continuing to do great things for the AHRA membership. If there is anything you feel needs to be considered by the board please contact me or the AHRA office.
My board of directors spotlight this month is on Ed Yoder. Ed has been an active member of the board for six years, having served two full three year terms by August of this year. Ed is the administrative director of medical imaging at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida (between Orlando and Tampa). Ed began his radiology career in 1989 as a registered technologist in radiography and is now a CRA with both an MHA and MBA. He has been in radiology management since 1992 and has been at the director level since 1999. If you know Ed already, you know he’s a baseball enthusiast. He has five children with two boys actively playing JV and varsity baseball as well as playing on several travel teams (one son is getting college interest so he’s pretty excited about that). You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything about AHRA. Having been on the board for six years Ed has several analogies to professional organization volunteer leadership and baseball. I’m sure he’ll be happy to share a few of them with you.
My thanks again to the Spring Conference Design Team (Dana, Mark, Art, and Jennifer) for their hard work on the program in the Great Northwest. And I need to also give a special thank you to AHRA Executive Assistant Sarah Murray– with so much going on right now she keeps us all on task without missing a beat.
Keep your eye on the lynx.
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.