Tonight, I had a “WOW” moment. One of those times when you actually pause, breathe deep, and savor the moment. For the fun of it, I “googled” my name, and added the letters CVAHP. And in just a second, my image appeared on the computer screen. But that image was not what I saw! What I saw was me, surrounded by images of some of the most persevering, visionary, dedicated TRAILBLAZERS that I’ve ever met!
I looked at those faces, actually I stared at those faces. One face at a time. And I thought of bits and pieces of conversations from the last 2 ½ years. Conversations about the history of AHVAP, about the vision of earlier members, the hunger in the healthcare world for what we do and what we know. Conversations about our membership and the quest for a certification…. that we could not get this certification “thing” wrong - we could not fail!
As I stared at these images, I thought of all the volunteer time these trailblazers freely gave to this organization and to our profession, to get us to where AHVAP stands today. Sometimes they showed up literally, with feet in trauma boots, on crutches, or in wheelchairs, pushed along by another AHVAPer. Sometimes late, tired, and hungry from travel that didn’t go as planned. But they showed up!
Getting to know these incredibly talented, steadfast, caring trailblazers has been an honor. Working with them to advance AHVAP and Value Analysis has been a privilege. Now, through all this work, I’ve earned the right to call them my friends AND colleagues – how incredibly awesome!
If I hadn’t gotten involved and stretched myself, this “WOW” moment couldn’t have - wouldn’t have happened! Get involved in AHVAP! Stretch yourself and join a committee! Push yourself to participate! I’m telling you, the “WOW”moment is so worth it!!!
By Julie Ware