By Ed Yoder, MBA, MHA, RT(R), CRA, FAHRA
February 2014—Already the first month of 2014 has come and gone, and we keep on rolling. This month we enter the month for lovers; don’t forget Valentine’s Day, and take a moment to show your appreciation for that special someone in your life. We lost a colleague last month who touched my life through AHRA, and it made me think that life is so short and so precious! Take care of those you love and yourself. This month, remember the one who supports you, has been there through thick and thin, has never said your ideas were wacky or crazy… well maybe they have, but they are always there to support you anyway.
There is a lot going on within AHRA. The Spring Conference has been finalized and will be held at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, April 22-24. I hope to see you there! The Annual Meeting this year is in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel and Resort. The Design Team just got back from a weekend of planning at the hotel where they selected speakers and mapped and designed events for the meeting. Currently AHRA is offering a second early bird discount for the Annual Meeting. If you register before March 31 you will receive a $50 discount off your registration fee!
We are also taking applications for the Osborn Scholarship. The AHRA Education Foundation’s Royce and Paula Osborn Scholarship Fund was created to honor the commitment Royce and his wife, Paula, made to education and helping others. The Osborn Scholarships provide opportunities for AHRA members, who might not otherwise be able to attend, to participate in AHRA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, Spring Conference, or Fall Conference. One Spring Conference scholarship is now available with an application deadline of February 28, 2014.
We’re also excited to announce that we are re-launching our Partners in Learning program! The program is generously sponsored by GE Healthcare. This is a unique opportunity to achieve a higher level of personal and professional growth by reviewing another facility’s procedures and daily activities in person. The Partners in Learning program invites AHRA members at any stage of professional development to spend a few days at another healthcare facility. Learn how others manage day-to-day operations and important issues, such as patient safety, equipment, and staffing. It rejuvenates your perspective on current work practices, allows you to get innovative ideas and proven strategies to help you face day-to-day issues, and you can learn how a colleague has successfully implemented new technologies. If you are interested in being a Partners in Learning host, complete the host application on the AHRA website by February 14, Valentine’s Day (see first paragraph!). This information will be used to create the guest application form. The Partners in Learning program is open to AHRA members only.
Here is my monthly music listening tip. I was traveling to Alabama on January 24 for a baseball showcase for my son and popped in a CD I had not listened to in a while. I fell into another world listening to the piano throughout this CD. Check it out: Bob Seger’s album Fire Inside. The songs are all strong, and the piano work on the Tom Waits penned “New Coat of Paint” is awesome and one of my personal favorites! Enjoy, crank it up loud, and rock on my friends, see you in March!
Ed Yoder, MBA, MHA, RT(R), CRA, FAHRA is president of the 2013-2014 AHRA Board of Directors. He is the director of imaging services at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC and can be reached at email@example.com.