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Tammy Keeman, PCA, Waterbury

At the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Waterbury, Tammy Keeman, PCA, is a welcome sight for patients and co-workers alike. She greets patients when they come in for appointments, takes their vitals, and makes sure everything is set-up before the physician comes in to see them. Some patients then receive chemotherapy treatment, and Tammy makes sure they are comfortable and have everything they need.

Tammy also assists with certain procedures such as bone marrow biopsies. Providing a support system for patients and their families while they are there is another large part of her job and she is a huge advocate for patients and gets to know them very well. Some come in daily, and others on a weekly basis.

"If I can put a smile on a patients face, especially while they are in this environment dealing with a diagnosis of cancer, I know I have done my job. There is lots of laughter here, which I think is essential. I work with a great group of nurses and doctors as well, and I love coming into work every day," said Tammy. "It is great to see patients doing well and is very rewarding for me."

Tammy has been in this role for 18 years, and has spent all of those years with Dr. Kert Sabbath and 15 years with Nurse Practitioner Karen Hammond. Dr. Sabbath commented that Tammy is one of the best medical assistants he has worked with, and that he could not function without here there. Karen mentioned how much the patients adore her, and how she goes above and beyond for them.

"Tammy is a wonderful asset to our team. She is always pleasant even on the most demanding days. She is efficient and skilled in all that she does. Her positive attitude is contagious to staff, patients, and families. She is so deserving of this recognition," said Karen.