I left the Gaylord National (Penitentiary) Hotel (talk about a captive audience!) with the sense that my time at the 38th annual AHRA meeting was not only well-spent, but possibly too short. The education was first rate, providing a journalist with too many choices and not enough time to get everywhere. One of the highlights came early in the meeting when Jay Mazurowski, via a video posted on YouTube, sang “Pennies from Heaven” to Gold Award winner Penny Olivi. Jay had to miss the meeting because he was in New York providing moral support to his son who will make his Broadway debut in Billy Elliot. (Break a leg!)
In all, 680 members representing hospitals and imaging centers all over the country filled session rooms to overflow capacity, for scores of educational offerings. Ed Cronin, AHRA executive director, announced five significant new grants that will help fund current and future educational programs, from the following five vendors: Philips, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujifilm, and Covidien, which underwrote this blog (thank you!). Meeting coverage resumes in September at the RBMA Fall Summit.