by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | July 16, 2021
From the July 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) will be having its 49th annual meeting in Nashville over August 1-4.
HealthCare Business News spoke with AHRA president Jacqui Rose, who is also director of medical imaging, telecommunications, IT and lab at Premiere Health – UVMC, about what the meeting will hold and about her own professional background.
HCB News: Who or what inspired you to follow a career in healthcare?
Growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to do. So, I spent some time talking with a cousin who was a sonographer and decided that might be a good fit for me. After spending some time at a local hospital observing what they do, I found my passion in medical imaging. My counselor told me I would never get into the program because they only accepted 2 at the time and my GPA wasn't strong enough. Needless to say, I applied anyway and was accepted. I started my education in ultrasound, but found my love in diagnostic imaging and I transferred from the smaller local program to Ohio State University because I wanted a bachelor's degree. Like many technologists in our field, I knew I wanted to help people, and I was strong in science, so I needed the high-tech part of imaging. There is a little bit of nerd inside imaging professionals and we need this higher level of technology to keep us curious and happy. You know, “high touch, high tech”. Personally, because of the amazing work we do and the opportunities this career offers, I feel this is the greatest profession on earth!
HCB News: Can you tell us about your history with the AHRA and why you first joined?
When I was a young manager with a lot to learn, I started looking at all the associations (and joined them all at one point in my career) to see what would fit my needs. I tried them all, but when I found AHRA, it was home. I knew immediately this was my association. At AHRA, I found a family that are all invested in the success of each other and ultimately improving the outcomes of our customers. This is exactly what I was looking for, an association that provided all the education and networking in a way that fit my life and needs. I was amazed at the resources and friendships I quickly developed. I always thought I was an introvert and networking was hard for me. But within AHRA, they are friendships that run long. I can reach out to any of my AHRA family and within minutes have answers and resources for the most difficult questions. Every day, we compete for business, but inside AHRA, we are family!
HCB News: What did that journey look like, from joining AHRA to becoming president?