February 2011: Cheryl Burton, Greater Tri-Cities IPA
Nomination: Imagine having a heart transplant. It fails. What would you do next? You are lucky to have one heart transplant. Most are not given a second chance. What if you are only 33 years old? Cheryl Burton, RV understands health is more than care, its quality of life. In January, with the help of Dr. Barr (Cardiologist), Ms. Burton appealed this case to the hospital board of USC. Her patient is getting her second heart! Ms. Burton takes everyday as an opportunity to create a better health experience. Patients are not defined by their disease and shouldn't be treated as such. Ms. Burton overcomes the stress and hurdles to create the best experiences possible. She treats patients as family and works as their advocates. It is obvious her work ethic includes compassion, empathy, and heartfelt diligence. While handling the stress of life, including raising three children, one getting ready for college, remodeling her kitchen herself, and being Team Mom for her 5-year-old's T-Ball team, Ms. Burton manages to coordinate the care of the patients for the Greater Tri Cities IPA, a medical group of Independent Physicians in the Tri-City area of North County (Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista).
Ms. Burton humbly claims success comes from a hardworking team. We would like to take the time to truly thank her for her hard work, dedication, leadership and heart! We couldn't do it without her, and out patients deserve nothing less. Thank you Cheryl!