Membership Spotlight – Kerry Burke

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Kerry Burke, Senior Communications Specialist at HCA Healthcare. 

 IABC: What is your background? 

Kerry: I was born and raised in CT, and received my public relations/communications degree from Roger Williams University in RI, where I played NCAA softball – Go Hawks! After graduating, I joined the marketing and communications team at Rushford, a non-profit mental health and addiction treatment center in CT. In 2012 I moved to Charleston, SC, where I managed MUSC Health Medical Center’s employee communications program. I arrived in Nashville last year and am loving it!

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Kerry: I have always loved storytelling, connecting with others and serving a greater purpose. Early in my career, I developed a deep respect for health care professionals and the lifesaving work they do. I wanted to support them by making sure they have the information they need to do their job and feel appreciated, and internal communications was the perfect fit.

 

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have you been in this role?

Kerry: I am a senior communications specialist within HCA Healthcare’s Clinical Services Group. I have been in this role for 14 months.

 

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Kerry: HCA is a national leader in health care. As one of the largest health systems in the world, we are fortunate to be able to lead the way in many areas of health care and affect positive change in how care is delivered.

 

IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?

Kerry: Friendly, compassionate, quirky

 

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Kerry: This may not be surprising (especially to those who know me), but I am pretty obsessed with the Nashville foodie scene – If anyone has restaurant recommendations, I am all ears!

 

IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?

Kerry:

  • Know your audience.
  • Always ask for and be open to feedback.
  • Go with your gut.
  • If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”.

 

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Kerry: An effective communications leader builds up those around them, and is not afraid to be innovative and try new strategies and approaches.

 

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

Kerry: Connecting with other professionals in the field personally and professionally. I have developed wonderful professional and personal friendships through IABC, and it is always fulfilling to be able to talk with others who do similar work and “speak the comm language”.

 

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Kerry: HCA encourages participation in professional organizations, and after seeing the value in IABC membership, I joined as a member last year along with fellow HCA colleagues.

 

 

 

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