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2016 Suzanne Christensen Award

Meet Our 2016 Award Winner: Pam Rinaldi

Each year the Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey Hospitals recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to our hospital community through volunteerism or other significant goodwill by presenting the Suzanne Christensen award.

Pam Rinaldi

Who was Suzanne Christensen?

Suzanne was born in 1922 with the birth defect Spina Bifida causing her to be paralyzed from the waist down. As Suzanne became an adult, she gained mobility and independence using a battery operated car, which is now on display at the Flat River Museum. She loved to be around people and was thrilled when asked to be the volunteer coordinator for the visiting card department of the hospital. Suzanne found her place in life doing something for others and was dedicated to that position for 30 years. In 1967 the Suzanne Christensen Award was established in her honor with her receiving the first award. She was described as brave, kind and courageous with a strong heart, mind and will. Suzanne died in 1977 at the age of 55 but her legacy lives on through the continuation of the annual Suzanne Christensen Award.

Qualifications for nominations:

  • Must consistently exhibit core values: accountability, compassion, excellence, integrity, respect and teamwork.
  • Must be an active Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals volunteer for at least 12 months.
  • Nominee cannot be a past recipient of the Suzanne Christensen Award. Previous recipients are enclosed.

Nominations for this award are currently closed, we begin accepting nominations again on September 1, 2017. The award recipient for this year’s Suzanne Christensen award will be announced mid-November.