It recognizes strength and courage in overcoming the challenge of a disability or a significant contribution to the understanding of physical disability. It remains the highest honor bestowed by the board of trustees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
This year, the celebration of the 23rd Burke Award Dinner will be held on:
The 2018 Burke Award will recognize two remarkable individuals and one Burke sponsor and community partner who exemplify the Burke mission in distinct ways:
Major League Baseball Network Host, Stroke Survivor and Stroke Patient Advocate
In 2016, Matt, a host on MLB Network, suffered an ischemic stroke that left him unable to walk and barely speak. He underwent intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy during his month at Burke, and has returned to work in a very limited capacity. Matt now volunteers his time with other young stroke patients at Burke providing encouragement and support.
Marketing Executive and Stroke Caregiver Advocate
Following Matt’s stroke, his wife Amy, a marketing executive, became a dedicated caregiver. She now serves as a patient advocate, shares her knowledge with other caregivers of stroke patients, and has been a volunteer advisor to Burke on the patient and caregiver experience.
Burke Sponsor and Community Partner, on its 30th Anniversary
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Country Bank was founded in 1988 by a group of investors that included now-Chairman Joseph Murphy. They began with the goal of building a bank that would provide technologically advanced products with a “down home” feel. Thanks to the Murphy family, giving back is ingrained in Country Bank’s organizational culture. The bank and its employees are deeply involved in the communities they serve. Several members of the Country Bank team have turned to Burke to meet their rehabilitative needs, including Vice Chair JoAnn Murphy; those positive experiences are the driving force behind their support of Burke’s mission.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to:
Donald E. Foley
Chair, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Trustees
Since 2005, Don has served as a Trustee of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and in 2009 was elected Chair. Don’s contribution to Burke has been far-reaching, most notably in strategically aligning Burke with Montefiore in 2016. His vision has positioned Burke for long-term growth and strength in the ever-changing world of post-acute healthcare. His corporate and non-profit leadership skills have left an indelible mark on Burke.
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