Title: Staff Radiation Therapist
Company: UMass Memorial Health
Location: North Easton, Massachusetts, United States
Brenda Vargas, Staff Radiation Therapist at UMass Memorial Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in patient radiation treatment.
After initially obtaining an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy from Labouré College of Healthcare in 1993, Ms. Vargas continued her education with a Bachelor of Science in radiation therapy from Southern Hampshire University in 2020. She was certified as a phlebotomy technician by Coastal Career Academy in Fall River, Massachusetts in 2014.
Ms. Vargas has excelled as a radiation therapist with Lahey Clinic in in Burlington, Massachusetts from 1993 to 1997, as a phlebotomist (a technician who collects blood samples from patients for tests, transfusions or donations) with Coastal Career Academy from 2013 to 2014 and with UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, Massachusetts from 2020 to the present. In addition, she has been affiliated with Signature Healthcare in Brockton, Massachusetts for 21 years. To remain aware of changes and advancements in her field, Ms. Vargas maintains affiliations with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)n and ASCP (Phlebotomy).
Ms. Vargas also takes a keen interest in community affairs and is a member of the Neighbor Brigade, a volunteer association that helps out with activities like preparing and/or delivering meals, dog walking, yard work, providing rides and running light errands. She taught religion with Immaculate Conception Church in Easton, Massachusetts from 2009 to 2018.
Ms. Vargas attributes her success to becoming a patient advocate for those who require her help. As a radiation therapist she hears each patient’s stories and tries to include their lifestyle into their conversations, which seems to bring them out of their shell and take their diagnosis a little easier. As a career highlight, she cites her ability to help patients to get through the tough times throughout their radiation treatments. In the coming years, Ms. Vargas would like to explore working in nursing homes as the senior population is often set aside, receiving non-adequate healthcare.
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