40 Meetings Strong

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By Angelic P. McDonald, MS, CRA

July 2012—This year we celebrate 40 years of AHRA Annual Meetings and collaboration, and we get to do that in the great state of Florida! When we think Florida, we think FUN, SUN, AMUSEMENT, and FAMILY! Your 2012 AHRA Annual Meeting has been designed with all of the that in mind! This year, imaging leaders from across the globe will gather at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Kissimmee,Florida from August 12-15 to be empowered with the skills, tools, and connections to meet the imaging management challenges of the future!

Your Design Team has been working all year to bring together dynamic, passionate keynote speakers, time sensitive breakout sessions, and workshops focused on real life issues relevant to today’s imaging administrators.

As we embark on this 40th Annual Meeting it is important to look back on its origins. Our organization started out of need. No other organization covered the very specific topics and challenges imaging administrators faced. As such, we learned from each other, shared best practices, and collaborated on issues. This 40th Annual Meeting and Exhibition stays true to those roots. Imaging administration is in a state of constant change. Through the AHRA we can embrace that change head on knowing we have a network system that stretches across the globe empowering us.

For those serious about their imaging administration credentials, we’re offering the CRA Exam workshop. This all day event brings in excellent speakers to help prepare you for the CRA exam. Learn test preparation techniques, review subject matter, and define resources to continue in the preparation process. As hospitals realize what hiring serious imaging administrators brings to the bottom line of an organization, the CRA credential is at the top of the list.

If patient satisfaction has been a concern, then be sure to come early for the “From Service to EXPERIENCE: Imaging Tools to Excel in a Pay for Performance Culture” workshop with Randy Kirk, where he takes you on the financial journey of why experience makes a difference in imaging. Get tools for raising your scores!

For new imaging leaders, the Basic Management Skills Program was uniquely designed to take the guess work out of filtering through which various sessions to attend. We’ve done that work for you and lined up the most critical topics for this skill level.

We will have 150+ exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall, where you can  comparison shop and speak to industry experts all in one convenient location. Bring your criteria andPO’s in hand and brush up on your negotiation skills.

While our members are serious about work, we are also serious about FUN! Join us at the Falcon’s Fire Golf Club for the Imaging Classic Golf Tournament or enjoy the afternoon at the  Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park! This Everglades-inspired tree house with waterslides, ground sprays, and a family lagoon is a perfect place to relax after a day of meetings and collaboration. And, of course, one of the best social events of the year is our theme party. This year, our party theme is Havana Nights! So bring on the salsa dancing and mojitos!

Be a part of the 40 year strong tradition and register today!

Angelic P. McDonald, MS, CRA is the Annual Meeting Design Team Chair. She is the director of imaging services at Willowbrook Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. She can be reached at apmcdonald@tmhs.org.

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