Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Linda Sydnor’s passion as an advocate for the elderly doesn’t stop with the end of her shift on the 6A Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at Christiana Hospital.
In 2010, Sydnor was named the Alzheimer’s Association’s Volunteer of the Year. She has been a volunteer for the Delaware Chapter of the Alzheimer Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease Committee since 2006.
This year she chaired the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease Committee, a 10-month commitment to recruiting volunteers and walkers, raising funds and generally helping organize event.
She also serves as team captain of the ACE Angels walking team, which holds monthly events to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease. This year the ACE Angels surpassed their $4,000 goal.
Sydnor was nominated for the Jefferson Awards by her supervisor Vicki Schad, RN, MSN-BC, who describes her as “someone who is dedicated and passionate about providing the highest quality of care to the elderly population—whether they are on the ACE Unit or in the community.”
The Jefferson Awards program is a prestigious national recognition system established in 1972 to honor individuals for excellence in community and public service in our nation.
In 2010, Christiana Care started a related, system-wide recognition program to honor individuals who volunteer and provide community service beyond the work they do each day as employees or volunteers for the health system. These award winners help to define the concepts of service, leadership and caring, and bring our core values to life.
Of the award winners recognized throughout the year, one represents Christiana Care annually in Washington, D.C., for the announcement of the national winner.