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.

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.


Providers, patient and bereaved families, and the general public are respectfully invited to submit nominations for the Award. Nominations should be made in a Microsoft Word document (attachment) emailed to connect@courageousparentsnetwork.org.

Please put “Beal Award Nomination” in the email subject line.

All nominations must be received by September 2, 2019.

Please include ALL of the following information:

Name of the person you are nominating (nominee)
Nominee’s title

Nominee’s workplace

Your name (nominator)

Your contact information (email address and telephone number)

Your relationship to the nominee (for example: patient family, colleague, employer, supervisor)

Is the nominee aware of this nomination?  Y    N   Don’t Know

Please describe the nominee’s qualities in addressing the following, to the best of your ability. Please include examples wherever possible.

Exceptional family-centered care
How does the nominee demonstrate respect for the family’s knowledge of their child? How are the family’s values and wishes reflected in the care that the provider delivers?

Compassion and empathy
What words and/or phrases would you use to describe interactions between the nominee and children/families in their care? (for example, caring; thoughtful; thorough; good explanations; compassionate; safe; listens well; creative)

Ability to provide guidance and support
How has this provider worked with the family/families at particularly difficult times?

Collaboration with other pediatric specialists
How does the nominee work with other medical providers (physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, child life specialists, etc.) inside and beyond the clinical setting (for example, recommends specialists; helps me understand other roles; coordinates with other providers)?

Review and notification

All nominations will be reviewed by a three-member committee consisting of a Courageous Parents Network Medical Advisory Board member; a representative of the Beal Charitable Foundation; and a Courageous Parents Network staff member. 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 31, 2019. Courageous Parents Network will work with the nominator to determine how to notify the Award recipient. The results will be announced publicly in November 2019 and the Award ceremony held in February 2020.



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.