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Imaging managers prepare for the AHRA meeting

Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | July 05, 2022
Business Affairs
Kimlyn Queen-Weis
From the July 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) will be having its 50th annual meeting in Phoenix over July 10-13. HealthCare Business News spoke with AHRA president Kimlyn Queen-Weis, 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?
Kimlyn Queen-Weis: 33 years ago, if you had asked me if I saw myself having a career in healthcare, I would have said no. I have to give my mom all the credit for getting me started in what has become an incredible and rewarding career as an imaging professional and radiology administrator.

As a senior in high school, I was still undecided about what I wanted to do after graduation and my parents could not afford to send me to college, so in late winter/early spring of 1989 I was trying to figure out if I could afford college or what I would be doing come June 1989.

Then one day my Mom came to me with a copy of the classified ads from our local newspaper, and asked me if I knew anything about radiology or what the Marion General Hospital School of Radiology was, and if I thought it was something I would be interested in checking out.

So I called the number in the classified ad to get more information, scheduled a day to go to the hospital to observe in the radiology department, asked for an application to the 2-year hospital-based radiology school certificate program, and here we are today. Call it destiny, call it fate, call it a happy accident; either way, I am forever grateful that my mother found that classified ad in our local newspaper that day.

HCB News: How did you first become involved with the AHRA?
KQW: I first became involved in the AHRA in 2003, when a peer suggested I explore obtaining my certified radiology administrator’s (CRA) certification. Before then, I had no idea the AHRA existed and I definitely did not know anything about the CRA. I began researching the AHRA and the CRA, started studying for the exam and joined the AHRA in 2004 when I sat for my CRA certification exam. That was a very pivotal moment in my personal and professional life and one that I encourage all Imaging Leaders to embrace.

HCB News: What was that journey like, from joining AHRA to becoming president?
KQW: It has been an amazing, rewarding, and humbling journey. From the moment I joined the AHRA I have been given countless opportunities to not only grow and develop as a person, a radiology administrator and healthcare leader, but to also help support the growth and development of future radiology administrators and healthcare leaders.

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