Parkway Medical’s Burney earns honor for 33-years of dedication
By Deangelo McDaniel
If her teenage circumstances had been different, Becky Burney would likely be
in some courtroom fighting for the underprivileged. Fate dealt her a different hand. An for those she has touched during a 33-year-nursing career, that’s a blessing. The North Alabama Regional Hospital Council of the Alabama Hospital Association honored Burney’s service recently by naming her one of the state’s “Hospital Heroes.”
The award honors hospital employees for their accomplishments and distinguished years of service.
“Our hospitals are filled with caregivers that make each of their patients and coworkers feel special,” said J. Michael Horsley, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. Consistent with her personality, Burney humbly said she just does her job.
“Nursing is a great job because you get to help people at a most difficult time,” she said.
“That’s the most enjoyable part.”
What Burney is doing almost didn’t happen.
Born the second of six children in Germany to a military family, her childhood dream was to practice law.
When her father left the Air Force, he moved the family to Morgan County to run Burney’s grandparents’ country store in Danville.
After graduating from Danville High School, Burney enrolled in Calhoun’s nursing program because she couldn’t afford to attend law school.