Nancy Susco, RN, is the "Best of Reston

Nancy Susco April 22, 2004 She is the last person to seek the spotlight. Rather, she seeks to put others first: her patients, her staff, her family and friends, and her community. And that is precisely why Nancy Susco, RN, director of the Surgical Unit, has been named the "Best of Reston for Community Service" for 2004.

"I am truly overwhelmed and honored by this award. I love to volunteer for different things because of the type of people I meet doing those activities. I feel lucky and blessed and want to give back to the community where I live," says Nancy.

The Best of Reston Award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have put forth tremendous effort in their commitment to community service and improving the lives of others. Nancy's nomination was submitted by Reston Hospital and supported by a host of colleagues, physicians, and acquaintances.

Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce presented the awards to Nancy and six other Best of Reston winners at a black-tie awards dinner. Proceeds from the event benefit Reston Interfaith, a non-profit organization that provides essential human services to individuals and families in Fairfax County.

"Nancy would never have agreed to the nomination," says Cindy Glover, RN, chief nursing officer, who penned a letter of support. "But those of us who know her know how committed she is, not only to her work and family, but to the community. We are so very proud of her and the work that she does beyond our walls."

A snapshot of Nancy's volunteerism provides insight into the depth and longevity of her community service: nearly 20 years with the Reston Triathlon. Fifteen years with South Lakes High School. Five years with the DC AIDS Ride. A week with the World Figure Skating Championship. The TWO-Day Colon Cancer March. Nancy has also spent countless volunteer hours with the Herndon Free Clinic, the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, and her church. She also serves every third weekend as the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.

In 1987, Nancy Susco, RN, was nominated for Employee of the Month at Reston Hospital Center. In 1996, Nancy was nominated for and won the Frist Humanitarian Award for Community Service.

In the past two years, two Reston Hospital Center physicians have been recognized as Best of Reston winners - Orthopedic Surgeon Tom Fleeter, MD, and Urologist Janice Arnold, MD. Reston Hospital Center also won the award in 1996. But this is the first Reston Hospital Center employee has been selected for this honor.

Writes Jeanne Schmidt, RN, president of the Herndon Free Clinic where Nancy volunteers, "(Nancy) is a very special person, a talented nurse, who goes beyond what's required to help others. Her love of God and all His people shows in her ability to treat all people with respect and compassion."


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