Tanya Burke, BSRT(R)(T), a radiation therapist at the Trinity CancerCare Center, has become the first radiation therapist in the U.S. to receive a prestigious award. Beekley Medical, a Connecticut-based manufacturer of medical devices, presented Burke with its 2019 RT Empower Award in a ceremony August 21 at the CancerCare Center.
Beekley Medical established its Empower Award as a national initiative to recognize professionals in various cancer care disciplines for their efforts to improve care for patients and their families. This is the first year the award has been presented to a radiation therapist.
RaNelle O’Keeffe, BSRT(R)(T), Radiation Oncology Manager at the CancerCare Center, nominated Burke, praising her for her community involvement and leadership in implementing new technologies that the center has acquired in past years, including the TrueBeam linear accelerator and Vision RT guidance system.
“Her focus has always been on the patient,” O’Keeffe said. “Tanya provides the daily support cancer patients need. She’s been involved in many community activities – giving presentations at local high schools and participating in fundraisers. She deserves the Empower Award because she has been committed to our cancer care and the community for 20 years.”
Queenee Alcedo, a senior account manager with Beekley Medical, presented the award, describing Burke as an unsung hero who embodies their mission to provide the best in patient care. In accepting the honor, Burke used the occasion to celebrate her colleagues and patients.
“Their courage inspires us,” Burke said. “Because of them we’re motivated to make sure they have the best possible outcome.”