“It’s important for the future of healthcare that we stir up feelings of compassion and caring. We must continue to dig deep for those feelings. Sometimes all it takes is a smile or a touch for the people we care for to bring forward that feeling and that emotion.”
Linda Scaz, RN, PhD, FCN, served as Senior Director of Clinical Care and Operations at Haven Hospice of Northeast Florida and as Director of Community Engagement.
While working with IHE for the past three years, she has focused on sharing her vast experience and skills in delivering compassionate palliative care, as well as engaging healthcare leaders in advancing the quality of care in every setting.
Dr. Scaz has worked extensively to educate professionals and caregivers around end of life care issues at the local, state, and national levels. She has reached out to the community on the importance of planning and making end of life decisions collaboratively with loved ones.
She has served on the nurse advisory councils for Jacksonville University and St. John’s River State College. She has also been a member of First Coast Nurse Leader Coalition over the last ten years as well as well as president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Health Council.
Dr. Scaz serves on various community boards including the Advisory Council for AgeWell Institute at Baptist Health, the Coalition to End Senior Hunger and serves as facilitator for the Respecting Choices Program for Advance Directives. She also serves as Chairperson of the health ministry at her church.
She was honored as one of The Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida in 2007, and was selected as one of 40 Most Influential People in Healthcare by 904 Magazine in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2014.
Dr. Scaz is a graduate of Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University where she completed her doctoral studies in transcultural education of healthcare professionals.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming and traveling to Haiti on medical mission trips.
She has published on her experiences in Haiti (Perspectives of Nurse Executives: Lessons Learned in Haiti. Co-author with Pam Chally and Deb Harrison, Journal of Nursing Administration, Vol 40, No 6, June 2010), on transcultural education in nursing programs, and on making life decisions with your loved ones. Read her latest blog article on advance care planning.
You can follow Dr. Scaz on Twitter @lindascaz and LinkedIn (Linda Scaz).