CPN | Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award

Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award

Established in late 2018 in collaboration with the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation, the Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award annually honors a pediatric provider who provides exceptional family-centered care in circumstances of serious childhood illness. The award recipient must further demonstrate qualities of compassion, empathy, and the ability to accompany families during difficult phases of the illness journey. Finally the recipient must demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with other pediatric specialists.


Courageous Parents Network will announce a Call for Nominations in June each year. Providers, patient families and other friends are encouraged to nominate colleagues and/or individuals who have treated children, living or now deceased, in the past 5 years.

The award is not limited to pediatric palliative care providers and may include specialist doctors, primary care pediatricians, child-life specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, chaplains, and social workers.

Instructions will be provided in the spring.



Patricia J. O’Malley, MD

The inaugural, 2019 Courageous Provider Award will be given to Patricia J.(Pat) O’Malley, MD. Dr. O’Malley serves as Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Service and as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In announcing this award, CPN Founder and Executive Director Blyth Taylor Lord cited Dr. O’Malley’s “dedication to seeing and treating the family unit with an eye to alleviating the physical and emotional pain, fear and isolation common to so many facing lifespan-limiting pediatric illness … she truly makes a difference in how families cope and remember.”

About the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation

Ilene Beal achieved great success and had a major impact in the Boston banking world. She was a dedicated and meticulous banker with a big heart, who did everything she could to help, mentor, and encourage other women to follow their dreams and passions. She often said that women can and should do whatever they want professionally. She died in 2015 after a valiant battle against cancer.

The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation’s goal is to maintain her legacy by supporting those fighting health issues, increasing the ability of hospitals to provide high quality care, mentoring and supporting women and disadvantaged people in underrepresented fields, and lending support to innovative people striving to improve our community.