Happy New Year from the RACC

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Kimlyn QueenBy Kimlyn N. Queen, MSM, CRA, FAHRA, RT(R), CT, MR 

February 2013—“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”- Thomas J. Peters

As we say goodbye to 2012, I would like to take a moment to thank all of the commissioners of the RACC; Kathryn Keeler, CRA Certification Coordinator at AHRA; Terry Dowd, CRA, FAHRA; Brenda Rinehart, CRA, FAHRA; and Ed Cronin for their exceptional teamwork, leadership, and dedication to the RACC and the CRA.

I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the 2013 chair of the RACC, and I am looking forward to welcoming more CRAs this year. I would also like to celebrate your 2013 RACC Vice-Chair Enrico (Rick) Perez, CRA, FAHRA;  your 2013 Secretary/Treasurer Jacqui Rose, CRA; and RACC commissioners Ron Barak, CRA, FAHRA, Capt. Benjamin G. M. Feril, MSC, USN, Public Member, Bruce Hammond, CRA, and Mark Steffen, CRA, FAHRA; and AHRA board member liaison Brenda Rinehart, CRA, FAHRA.

As we begin 2013, we want to build upon our successes from 2012 by expanding our marketing campaign to reach our colleagues in the armed forces. Expanding our marketing efforts to a larger audience will create the prospect of exceeding the 2012 achievement of 109 new CRAs. We will also continue to foster our relationships with the ARRT, ASRT, and RBMA, and strengthen our relationship with the AHRA.

I would like to encourage current CRAs and future CRAs to educate their HR executives and promote the value of having a CRA credentialed professional as part of the healthcare team by providing them a copy of this one page document. You can obtain a full color copy of this document at www.CRAinfo.org under the “Why Hire a CRA” tab.

Remember, the CRA exam is offered in electronic format twice a year during the months of May and November at testing facilities across the country and at select international centers. The next available CRA exam will be the spring administration offered May 1 through May 31, 2013, with an application deadline of March 5. If you would like more information about CRA testing dates or other CRA related topics please visit the CRA website at www.CRAinfo.org. Also, remember to check out and like the CRA Facebook page and join our new LinkedIn group.

I am excited to move forward this year with the wisdom and successes of 2012 as our guide. Thank you for your continued support of the RACC and the CRA credential. Remember: together we can continue to raise the bar of quality and provide exceptional care and service for our patients, physicians, and other customers within our communities.

I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year, and I look forward to serving as your 2013 RACC Chair. Become part of the already over 900 strong by becoming a CRA.

Kimlyn N. Queen, MSM, CRA, FAHRA, RT (R) CT MR is 2012 Chair of the RACC and the director of imaging and cardiac cath services for Marion General Hospital in Marion, OH.  She can be contacted at queenk@ohiohealth.com. 

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