Becky Allen, CRA - Candidate for AHRA Director

Enterprise Director of Radiology at UC Health in Cincinnati, OH 

I have been active in Radiology Leadership for 17 years, and throughout this time there have been many challenges we have faced in our field. I feel our AHRA organization has addressed these challenges head on and I would be honored to help continue this tradition. As healthcare continues to face uncertainties, we need to ensure we are learning from the past, actively listening in the current, and leading for the future. This includes taking a hard look at how we provide value in the care of patients.

The three main reasons I want to serve on the Board are:

• First, I want to give back to an organization that has made a tremendous impact on my career and continues to do so.
• Secondly, I want to be a part of the leadership team as we continue to face the uncertainties and make sure our mission and purpose meet the needs of our members.
• Lastly, I want to help promote our organization to make certain everyone is aware of who we are and what our goals are.

Question & Answer

What do you see as the primary role of AHRA’s Board of Directors? 
I see the primary role for the Board of Directors as two fold.  First, we need to make sure the goals we set support our organization and its members and secondly, we have the proper resources to fulfill those goals.  We should be the advocates of the organization.

What makes you an excellent leader?
I think some of the strongest attributes that I have as a leader is honesty, passion, and empathy.  
• Honesty:  Even in difficult times, a leader must be honest and sometimes have the difficult conversations.  This will allow the team to have transparency and respect.  
• Passion:  If you do not have passion for what you are doing, most of the time it will show.  The passion sparks the drive and accountability that allows effective leaders to show optimism and inspiration
• Empathy:  effective leaders show empathy and help colleagues through difficult times.  Effective leaders understand issues/problems are not personal, they look for solutions.  
How do you define governance? Describe your experience with strategic planning.
Governance is when people work together to develop the best plan as a whole and not what is best for individuals.  This is by developing policies, procedures and making sure the organization stays viable.  This past year, I was fortunate to be on a planning committee to look at our long term facility planning and what our Health System needs in the next 5 years, 10 years, up to 20 years.  This planning is crucial to set the tone of who are we and most importantly, who do we want to be in the coming years.  Starting with ideation phases and Design Thinking, allowed us to use creativity and big picture to then begin to drill down to very specific points such as direction of entrances or design of hallways.

What was your initial reason for joining AHRA, and why do you choose to continue your membership?
In 2004, I was recipient of the GE Award for Excellence and I had the opportunity to attend the Annual Conference.  This was my first exposure to the AHRA and immediately I knew this was my organization.  I continue my membership because of the value it brings to my professional development and because of the wonderful colleagues that I network with throughout the country.

What would you say to a peer who was on the fence about becoming a member?
Jump in! This is an organization that provides many opportunities for its members. From educational to networking to government relations- each one that impact our daily work. This is a one stop shop for any Imaging Leader needs.

Professional History and Experience

Medical Imaging Management: 17 Years
Medical Imaging: 23 Years
Work History:

• 2015-Present: Enterprise Director of Radiology at UC Health in Cincinnati, OH
• 2011-2015: Director of Imaging and Ancillary Services at The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health in Cincinnati, OH
• 2004-2010: Director of Diagnostic and Oncology Service at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, OH
• 2002-2004: Clinical Coordinator at The Health Alliance - St. Luke East in Ft. Thomas, KY


• 2011: Certificate in Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals at Cornell University, NY
• 2002: MSRS in Radiology Administration at Midwestern State University, TX
• 1996: Bachelors in University Studies at Morehead State University, KY
• 1996: Associate in Radiologic Technology at Morehead State University, KY

• 2004: CRA credential at AHRA
• 1996: RT(R) designation at ARRT

AHRA / AHRA EF Offices, Appointments, and Activities

AHRA member since 2004, CRA since 2004
• 2019: Member, Member Recognition Team
• 2016: Volunteer, AHRA Recruitment
• 2008, 2012: Volunteer, AHRA Annual Meeting
• 2004: Award Recipient, Award for Excellence

Other Board Experience

• 2018-2019: Member of committee for strategic planning for facility, UC Health

Other Professional and Community Activities

• 2015-2019: Mini Heart Team, American Heart Association
• 2012-2014: Team Lead Relay for Life, American Cancer Society
• 2012-2014: Go Red for Women, American Heart Association
• 2014: Team Lead  Light the Night, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
• 2010: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society

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