By Dana M. Allison, BS
May 2012—What a whirlwind 2012 has been, and it’s only May! It is hard to believe another Spring Conference is in the bag already. After months of planning and numerous hours of interviews, the 2012 Spring Conference design team pulled off the event of the season in Seattle. A huge thank you to Art Tasaka, Brenda Reinhart, and Mark Steffen for ensuring the conference was such a success. This conference was one of the top four attended in the last seven years, and in an economy that has hospitals and members re-evaluating travel and conference attendance, that is something to really be proud of!
Our attendees clearly place a high value on the education, networking, and sharing opportunities of every conference, and this conference was no exception. In addition to the exceptional educational opportunities offered by the 11 sessions in the Advanced Track and the fundamentals available in the Basic Track, this conference allowed us to introduce a new and exciting product, AHRAdatalynx . This new tool, designed for data access, management, and benchmarking, is based on the information and data our members will put in. Be sure to get online and fill out the surveys!
Our membership campaign is still in full effect, and this conference was an opportunity to add 26 more members. A special thanks to Art and Brenda from the design team for being so proactive about pointing out the benefits of membership and the cost-effectiveness to sign up while attending the conference to our attendees who were not yet on board.
In the blink of an eye the conference went as quickly as it came, and before we knew it the week was over. The many great speakers and amazing take aways from both tracks were too numerous to count. We could not have had such a successful conference without the support of all of our vendors. It is through their ongoing generosity that AHRA is able to give us all the learning and networking opportunities we all look forward to at every conference. However, as always, the Spring Conference is just the warm up act for the 2012 Annual Meeting this summer! I’m looking forward to seeing all our friends, new and old, in just a few more months! May the warm winds bring everyone much success and carry you on down to Orlando in August.
Here are some pictures from the Spring Conference! You can see all of the pictures on our Facebook page.
Dana M. Allison, BS is the Account and Applications Manager at EOS Imaging in Cambridge, MA. She can be reached at email@example.com.