By Brenda DeBastiani, CRA, FAHRA, RT(R)
I am one of the newer members of the Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC) and would like to thank all of the CRAs for selecting me to represent you in the most recent election. I was notified of the outcome of the election in December 2014 and was so excited. Our first RACC conference call was scheduled for January, so I needed to do some “catching up!” I quickly read past minutes and reviewed the bylaws. This first call was filled with introductions, farewells to former members, and planning for the future. Shortly after that first meeting, RACC officer elections were held. Each elected officer is so committed to the team. We communicate often via email and have scheduled monthly meetings with an agenda. The time on the calls goes by quickly, but we get a great deal accomplished. Most “homework” is assigned on the calls, completed throughout the month, and then reported on the next call.
If I had to choose one word to describe my fellow RACC commissioners thus far, I think it would have to be dedicated. Each commissioner is dedicated to representing CRAs in the best possible way. Every idea or question brought to their attention is considered carefully to make sure that the right message is being sent by the decision. It is very humbling to be part of this team. I am so proud of the work that has been done in the past and of our goals for the future. The commitment level that I see every month from your commissioners is inspiring. I am looking forward to meeting all of the RACC commissioners and many of my fellow CRAs at the AHRA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this July.
One of the RACC’s main goals is to increase recognition of the CRA credential. Personally, I know the value that the CRA brings. Almost two years ago I was promoted from a supervisor to a director, without having a Bachelor’s degree. I do not believe that I would have had the opportunity to become a director without my CRA credential. (In case you are wondering, yes, I am now working towards earning my Bachelor’s degree just to fulfill my own personal goal!)
What is your story? What ideas do you have to raise awareness about the CRA? Please share your story and your ideas with me! Thank you, again, for giving me this opportunity to represent you. Together, we can make a difference!
Brenda DeBastiani, CRA, FAHRA, RT(R) is the director of imaging at Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She can be reached at DebastianiB@monhealthsys.org.