by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | July 17, 2018
From the July 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HealthCare Business News had the opportunity to speak with AHRA president Angelic Bush, CRA, FAHRA to learn about the latest happenings in a very busy and active association year.
She provided some background on her own experience and insight into association activities.
HCB News: What inspired you to get into the healthcare field?
I’ve always been drawn to healthcare and helping others. When I was a young lady, I wanted to be in healthcare. Honestly, I feared the emotional strain of being a doctor or a nurse, but I wanted to help. When I was a young adult, I got sick and had an IVP performed at a small hospital in Houston. During the course of the procedure I was intrigued. I asked a series of questions of the person taking the pictures of my kidneys. I’m appreciative that the technologist was so open with me and answered all of my questions. After, I continued to ask about this field called “radiology” and was hooked. It is the perfect combination for me – science, technology, patient care and compassion. I’ve been in the field ever since.
HCB News: What drew you to AHRA and how long have you been a member?
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I can tell you exactly who drew me to AHRA. It was Sherry Worsham. She’s the director of radiology at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center in Houston. She was my mentor. When I took my first leadership position, I came to her frustrated. I was a good radiologic technologist, but felt I was failing my team as a leader. She introduced me to the AHRA. She told me it is an association filled with other managers, leaders, and people like me. She encouraged me to get involved. So I googled it, found the association and jumped in with both feet. I have never regretted one moment since becoming a member in 2007.
HCB News: What initiatives are you championing as president?
There are two I’m particularly passionate about. One centers on determining what the current needs of our association’s membership are. It had been perceived, prior to my time as president, that the roles of imaging leaders were expanding. We recently conducted a survey and it reinforced what we felt. Our members are now venturing into several other imaging areas with the most relevant being cardiovascular imaging & cardiology. The problem is that while AHRA has the leadership and operational content, we need relevant clinical content in order to bring increased value to our members.
We have recognized this new need, quantified it, and our curriculum development team is pulling those resources together to meet it. You will start seeing courses specific to these topics, in various forms.