September 2001 -
Margaret Armstrong: Margaret has been with Sentara for eleven years and is a registered nurse in the emergency department at Sentara Bayside Hospital. Her efforts with the Sentara stroke team are well recognized, but less well known is the amount of time she gives to the community. Several times a month, Margaret arrives at the Bayside Recreation Center at 5:30 a.m. to do blood pressure screenings. She educates seniors about stroke symptoms and prevention and is personally responsible for several people at the center being diagnosed with hypertension, enabling them to be treated early, before they had major problems.
Margaret also responds to any group that requests information about our stoke program and speaks to numerous community groups in Virginia Beach. Her peers say she is "tireless in spreading the word about Sentara's stroke initiative" and represents us well in the community. It is not surprising that Margaret has selected the Southeastern Virginia Stroke Association to receive a donation from Sentara in her honor.
Nelson Barger: Nelson is also a registered nurse and works in the burn trauma ICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He has been with Sentara for ten years. We recognize him today for his commitment to the homeless in our community. During the horrible flood that devastated the city of Franklin, Nelson worked tirelessly to help rebuild and repair homes and assisted with cleaning up the debris throughout the city. And if that wasn't enough, he solicited donations to help with these restoration efforts. Nelson also assists with the homeless ministry at St. Mary's church. Nelson represents the good at Sentara and is always willing to share his time and resources with those in need.
Noelle Guathier: Noelle has been with Sentara since 1997 and is a human resource specialist for Home Care, Sentara Medical Group and medical transport. Noelle's community work includes volunteering with the American Red Cross disaster action and management team, spending an average of 250 hours per year working with this worthwhile organization. She is also a chaplain's aide with the Virginia Beach police department and accompanies police officers in the interest of safety and public relations. Noelle also volunteers at her church and spends time with our own Sentara hospice program typing bereavement letters, preparing reports, reading to patients and helping plan the annual memorial service. Noelle has chosen the American Red Cross Disaster Program to receive Sentara's donation in her name.
Marcus Moore: Marcus has been employed by Sentara for more than 25 years and is as an educator for the environmental services team. He unselfishly gives his time, talent, expertise and love to so many organizations in our community that they are too numerous to name. A few include working with the American Red Cross diversity task force helping with blood drives at local colleges and universities; he developed and initiated two annual community empowerment/fundraising activities at his church and recently developed a "boys to men" church mentorship program.
Marcus also serves on the advisory council of the Norfolk Technical Vocational Center and volunteers as a presenter for the City of Norfolk Bureau of Neighborhood Outreach program. According to his co-workers "he always strives to give his best and continually seeks opportunities to improve the health and quality of life for his community." Marcus chose the Mt. Herman Baptist church, "boys to men" mentorship program for his donation and was excited that this donation will help in the success of this much needed youth activity.
Linda Smith: Linda is registered nurse and patient advocate at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She is also a long- term employee, having worked with us for more than 27 years. The co-worker who nominated Linda for an ambassador award stated that she "has always worked to help others not only with her medical knowledge, but with her presence and caring attitude. She relentlessly puts aside her own concerns to provide patients, co-workers, friends and family with her time and talent."
Linda serves as a basketball coach for young girls, has volunteered with the Metropolitan Medical Response System, Churchland Recreation Center and the Lion's Eye Bank Interfaith Advisory Council. She especially enjoys volunteering at Grove Baptist Church and has spearheaded numerous health fairs for a congregation of over 2,000 members. Linda has a genuine desire to help others and has always represented Sentara as a professional, promoting our services both in and out of the health care arena. Linda has asked that her Sentara donation be sent to the building fund at Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth.
These caring co-workers represent a total of 77 years of service with Sentara.