By Erin Register
Amal Baida, radiology manager of community operation and strategy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has over 20 years of experience in the imaging field.
Baida, 53, began working in the file room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2001. From there, she moved on to become a radiology technical assistant, a radiology technologist, a diagnostic team lead, a diagnostic supervisor and is now in her current role as a radiology manager for four output centers and eight urgent care facilities.
“Amal has recently been putting herself out there to write and speak and is embarking on attaining her CRA,” noted Mario Pistilli, director of imaging services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “She has shown to be a very passionate and committed leader looking to grow and advance her knowledge and career.”
ICE learned more about Baida in a question-and-answer interview.
Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?
A: This is a great field of meeting people, helping others and making a difference in people’s lives.
Q: What do you like the most about your position?
A: I love that I work in multiple areas and with a number of different teams. I enjoy staff engagement, benchmarking and marketing, productivity and operation, all while taking care of the kids and helping them smile.
Q: What interests you about the imaging field?
A: Relationships and teamwork are key driving factors for a happy work environment. Losing my husband to cancer transformed my sadness and loss to a passion for helping others.
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: Building a strong team of engaged staff and improving operations and productivity with a consistently high retention rate are my biggest accomplishments.
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next five years or so?
A: I am hoping to have the privilege to be a part of The Joint Commission body. I want to be part of a team whose goal and focus is to improve the health care of the public. I love the idea of collaborating with stakeholders to evaluate health care organizations to ensure they are delivering the highest quality of care.