I Have Voted – O Canada!

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

June 2012—It’s an election year. Well, every year is an election year for AHRA. And thankfully we don’t have to pick party sides and worry about who’s a democrat, an independent, a republican, or a this or a that. The AHRA Board of Director candidates are VOLUNTEERS. They are our peers, are in the trenches of our daily grind, love AHRA, and want to volunteer their time to work on our behalf to sustain the value of AHRA for each of us. That’s important to me and why I’ve already voted for the candidates who I think will keep AHRA moving forward. It was a tough choice! They’re all great people who want to serve.

Not sure what the AHRA Board of Directors does? Many people aren’t sure, so here’s a brief outline of duties:

  • Approve the goals and outcomes to be accomplished; assure that the desired goals and outcomes are achieved and ensure that AHRA’s resources necessary for achievement are available and used efficiently.
  • Approve the budget, and may retain and compensate such staff and legal counsel as it deems necessary to carry out the functions of AHRA.
  • Determine policies and be accountable for AHRA assets.
  • Have authority to contract on behalf of AHRA, adopt rules and procedures for conducting AHRA business as it deems advisable.
  • Have authority to indemnify its directors, officers, employees, and agents in accordance with the law.
  • Have and exercise all other powers necessary to affect any or all of the purposes for which AHRA is formed, and may delegate any of its authority and responsibility unless specifically prohibited by the AHRA bylaws or by law.

You can see that volunteering to help lead AHRA comes with a lot of responsibility, so cast your vote of confidence for who you think will be an asset to the AHRA board.

Also happening this month, as part of the AHRA strategic collaboration objective to increase awareness of AHRA internationally, Ed Cronin, Mike Suddendorf, and myself will be representing AHRA at the 17th International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) World Congress in conjunction with the 70th Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) Annual General Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Not only do we have a great spot in the exhibit hall; AHRA is sponsoring the Pre-Congress Leadership/Management Development Program. Topics being presented by Canadian professionals include quality assurance initiatives in medical imaging, optimizing utilization using Lean-Six Sigma, disclosure guidelines, creating a culture of professionalism and building leadership infrastructure, and a facilitated panel discussion on future technologies and other issues affecting the delivery of medical imaging and radiation therapy services from a leadership perspective. We are excited to have this opportunity to represent AHRA at an international event. If you’re there please visit us at the workshop or in the exhibit hall at booth 111.

My AHRA Board of Directors spotlight this month is on Terry Dowd. Terry is the senior clinical manager of medical imaging at Banner Baywood Medical Center & Banner Baywood Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ. Terry has given so much of her time to AHRA! She’s the RACC-AHRA board liaison, a member of the FoundationMember Appeal Committee and the Executive Committee; and a speaker for the basic track of the Leadership Institute. Terry has served previously as the AHRA Education Foundationchair and board director, Silent Auction Committee chair, Curriculum Committee member, Finance Committee member, Radiology Management Editorial Review Board member, and author of several articles for Link and Radiology Management. You can contact her at Terry.Dowd@bannerhealth.com for anything about AHRA. This is Terry’s last year on the Board of Directors. It has been both an honor and a pleasure working with her. I’m certain we have not seen the last of her many talents and gifts for this organization. Thank you Terry!

One last thing: registration is open for AHRA’s 40th Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held August 12-15, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. More than 1,000 imaging leaders attend this premier educational event for radiology administration every year. I look forward to seeing you there.

Now, go vote!


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.

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