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.


Kim Juanico, RN is the Holtz Children’s Hospital (Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami) Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse Coordinator. In the essays that supported her nomination for the Award, she was enthusiastically endorsed for her commitment to the field of pediatric palliative care; to her patients and their families; and to supporting her colleagues, particularly as they participate together in challenging conversations with parents and other caregivers.

Courageous Parents Network congratulations Kim and her colleagues and patient families! The Award will be presented in February 2020.


Nominations for 2020 are now closed.



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.

In addition to honoring the Award recipient, the recipient’s institution (workplace) will receive a financial contribution, thanks to the generosity of the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation.

Review and notification

All nominations will be reviewed by a three to five-member committee consisting of a Courageous Parents Network Medical Advisory Board member; a representative of the Beal Charitable Foundation; the prior Award recipient; and selected Courageous Parents Network staff members. All nominations will be kept confidential.

If the nominee is considered a finalist, a member of the committee will contact the nominator to request letters of support and/or references. The final determination will be made on or about October 31st.




Patricia J. O’Malley, MD

The inaugural,2019 Courageous Provider Award was presented 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.