ASCA Presents Nap Gary Legacy Award to Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald

May 8, 2017

During the opening session of ASCA 2017, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) presented Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, with the second annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community. This award recognizes individuals who have made a positive difference in the ASC community during many years of dedicated service.

Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, 2017 Nap Gary Legacy Award Winner

With a clinical and management health care career spanning more than 50 years, Sydness-Fitzgerald is one of the original pioneers in the ASC community. Her earliest experience was in a hospital-based ASC in 1976. In 1980, she helped get state approval for her first freestanding ASC, which she also helped design. When that facility was later bought by Medical 21 (which later became Medical Care International), Sydness-Fitzgerald stayed on as a regional director. Eventually, that company was purchased by the entity that became HCA. At HCA, Sydness-Fitzgerald served as director of clinical operations for the company’s ambulatory surgery division for nine years.

Although she “retired” in 2005, Sydness-Fitzgerald continues to serve as a AAAHC surveyor and provide consulting assistance to ASCs across the country. She has now held nearly every position possible at ASCA, including president of the association's Board of Directors, and continues to offer counsel and advice to the association whenever asked. She is also a current member of the BASC Board of Directors.

The Nap Gary Legacy Award is named in honor of the former past president of ASCA’s Board of Directors. The award recognizes lifetime service to the ASC community.