Q&A with Keck, pre-certification coordinator

Pre-certification coordinator Ronnie Keck
Pre-certification coordinator Veronica 'Ronnie' Keck
What is your current role in the neurosurgery department, and what do you like the best about your job?

My current role in the department is Surgery Scheduler/Pre-cert Coordinator and I am also a part of the Culture Task Force Committee. I would say the best part of my job is being the patient’s advocate. Insurance companies can make it very challenging for patients to receive the care they need. That’s when we step in and put up the good fight!

Ronnie Keck attends the BrainWorks premiere with department staff.
How long have you been at WashU?

I have been with WashU for a little over six years. My entire career here has been with Neurosurgery!

What is your most memorable work experience?

My most memorable work experience? Wow, there are so many from over the years, it’s hard to choose. I guess I would have to say working with Dr. Grubb. There was a lot of laughing and yelling over those years. We didn’t have a nurse so I would call him on our non-clinic days for our team meetings and one day we were laughing so hard, one of the girls next to his office e-mailed me to ask if I was okay because she could hear him yelling at me. I told her I was fine and he was laughing, not yelling.

Ronnie Keck celebrates with Neurosurgery Chair Greg Zipfel, MD.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Outside of work I love to go running. We don’t have any pets, but my parents live about a mile from me so I go and grab their two labs to run with. I’m also really into fishing. My family has  been going to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to fish since my dad was little.  It’s our family’s little piece of Heaven.

Do you have a favorite quote that you would like to share with us?

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about” Marilyn Monroe. This little blurb is me in a nutshell.