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Thanks for working here this week: Traci Waldrop, RT(R)(T), Radiation Oncology

Thanks for working here this week: Traci Waldrop, RT(R)(T), Radiation Oncology

Campbell County Health is proud of its employees, and we want the CCH family and the Campbell County community to know about the good work that they do for this organization.

Allow us to introduce Traci Waldrop, RT(R)(T), who is the Lead Radiation Therapist for the Radiation Oncology Department in the Heptner Cancer Center at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming. Traci earned an associate’s degree in science in Radiation Therapy from Mitchell Technical Institute, a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and completed the two year Medical Radiography Program at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She’s worked for CCH for 13 years, but has worked in the health care industry for 20 years.

She was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare from all the wonderful care her grandma received during her treatments for ovarian cancer.

“I spent my early 20s answering the main line for Rapid City Regional while attending school. After graduating, I worked at Rapid City Medical Center in the radiology department until I finished my degree in radiation therapy” she says.

She calls Dayna Bodensteiner her health care hero. “Dayna was a Radiation Therapist that I played in the bell choir at church with. She helped me to understand the treatments my grandma was going through, and put me on the path to becoming a radiation therapist,” she says.

When she’s not at work, Traci loves to read, put together puzzles, and spend time playing with her kids, who are 5 and 8 years old.

We asked Traci what she likes most about working for CCH and what excellence every day means to her. Check out her response:

“Every time I get a patient to laugh and check their worries at the door, even if it’s for the 10 short minutes I see them every day—that makes me feel proud of the work I do here. The thing that I like the most about my department is how closely we all work together in helping out every patient. The patients know that they can talk to any of us, and whatever the problem is we will get it to the right person to fix.

Excellence every day to me means being present in my patients lives while they are under my care. Taking the time to make sure they are heard, and giving them moments of laughter to fill an otherwise scary time.”

Thank you, Traci, for being present for our patients. We are proud to have you on our team.

Is there a CCH employee who went the extra mile or shows you extraordinary service? Give them a pat on the back by completing an Excellence Every Day card.

Fight cancer, not weather. Our providers are committed to getting you the lifesaving cancer treatment you need, in Gillette, Wyoming. To learn more about cancer treatments available at CCH, visit www.cchwyo.org/cancercare.