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March 18, 2004 Executive Committee Meeting

Present: Dr. Michael Racenstein, Dr. Abraham Dachman, Dr. Alex Nemeth, Dr. Edward Melian, Dr. Kate Feinstein, Dr. Kathleen Ward, Dr. Aruna Vade, Dr. Gary Dillehay, Dr. Carl Kalbhen, Dr. Margaret Stull, Dr. Thomas Anderson, Dr. Eric Russell, Dr. John Hibbeln, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dr. Edward Michals.

The meeting was called to order at 4:19 PM at The 500 Club at Rush Presbyterian Hospital.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the February 18, 2004 meeting were approved with minor corrections.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
Dr. Racenstein reviewed the outstanding turn out for Dr. Vyborny’s Distinguished Service Medal Presentation last month. He also reported that Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a new policy which is discussed below under new business.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
The following slate was approved for next year’s Executive Committee: Davide Bova for first year trustee, Drs. Ellen Mendelson and Ed Michals for second year trustees, Drs. Margaret Stull and John Hibbeln for third year trustees, Dr. Jay Korach for fourth year trustee, Dr. Karl Carl Kalbhen for Secretary Treasurer, Dr. Abraham Dachman for Program Chairman and President Elect and Dr. Edward Melian for President.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Dachman reviewed tonight’s speakers. The main speaker tonight will be Dr. Carolyn Meltzer on dedicated PET – CT Imaging. Four of the six speakers for 2004-2005 have been set.

ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT:
Dr. Ramsey reported the College meeting will again be held in the spring in Washington D.C. May 8 –13th. The dinner for the new College fellowship recipients will be on Monday at Kincade’s Restaurant. On Tuesday night the “ Gala Dinner with live entertainment from the “ Capitol Steps” will be held for all ACR attendees.

GOLF OUTING REPORT:
The golf outing is scheduled for Monday June 21st at Highland Park Country Club.

MIDWEST CLINICAL CONFERENCE/
CHICAGO MEDICAL SOCIETY:

Dr Anderson reviewed the plan for the Chicago Medical Society conference on March 25-27th at the Holiday Inn at the Merchandise Mart, 350 N. Orleans St. The radiology speakers will be on March 26th. The planned informational session to address the malpractice crisis in Illinois on Friday the 26th at 11 AM.

RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
The resident section has two sponsors tonight: National Display Systems and W L Gore.

SECRETARY/TREASURER REPORT:
The financial reports of February 2004 were reviewed and met with approval from the group. The Society’s assets are approximately stable.

NEW BUSINESS:
Dr. Racenstein reviewed the Blue Cross Blue Shield policy to stop paying for Digital mammography as of May 1st, 2004. This is a decision that affects the states of Michigan, Texas, Illinois, and New Mexico. This decision as already been fought with some success in Michigan. Dr. Racenstein will be organizing a response to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield decision.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:19 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Edward Melian, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer

Prior to dinner Dr. Melian substituting for Dr. Racenstein thanked the Society for to attend the meeting. Dinner was served to 60 people. After dinner Dr. Dachman introduced Dr. Carolyn Meltzer who then gave the evening’s educational lecture on the advantages of dedicated CT – PET Imaging.

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