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The Courageous Provider Awards

The Courageous Provider Awards recognize individuals or teams advancing the impact of pediatric palliative care through their work and collaboration with others. Courageous Parents Network is grateful to our funders — the Ilene Beal Foundation and the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation — whose generosity makes it possible to honor and celebrate these leaders, and to the providers, patients and families that nominated them.

The Awards will be presented in February. The nomination process will be announced in June each year.

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.

2021 Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award Recipients

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. This year, the selection committee chose two recipients. Exceptional times call for exceptions.

Hanna Epstein, DNP, CPNP is a Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Palliative Care Program of the Medical University of South Carolina, Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. In nominating her, a patient family member wrote: “From helping us express our wishes and advocating for life saving treatment, to being a shoulder to cry on, she has helped provide a quality of life for [our child] and our entire family … she always seems to be in the moment with us, making us feel as if we are truly being heard.” Her humanity, selflessness and approach to raising up others are among the qualities that she shares in common with Ilene Beal.

Carly D. Levy, MD is an Attending Physician and Program Director for the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. In the essays that supported her nomination, she was recognized for her focus on ensuring that the care team understand and respond to family needs and concerns. Her habitual statement “Let’s just name that” inspired the selection committee, as it corresponds to CPN’s essential value of courage in working with colleagues and families in the face of often-unthinkable conversations and their effects on decision-making.

Courageous Parents Network and the Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation congratulates our winners, their colleagues and patient families! The Awards will be presented in February 2021.

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.

Margaret S. Lindsay Courageous Provider Award

Established in 2020 in collaboration with The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation of 1989, the Margaret S. Lindsay Courageous Provider Award recognizes a pediatric palliative care provider who models both tenacity and empathy in journeying with children and their families. The award recipient must demonstrate the ability to engage patients, parents or other caregivers, and/or other pediatric specialists in the essential values of palliative care, especially its holistic, multidisciplinary approach, with compassion and caring.

2021 Margaret S. Lindsay Provider Award Recipient

 Monica Holland, PNP-BC, MSN, CHPPN
Monica Holland, PNP-BC, MSN, CHPPN is a nurse practitioner in the Bridges Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Her nominator wrote, “Her exquisite listening skills enable her to hear what patients and families want and need, both during the times of joy and the times that are challenging. She is skilled at helping families find the strength and inner resources to focus on having (in her words) ‘more good days.’” The emphasis on having “good days” resonated with the Selection Committee, as it is so central to both Margaret Lindsay’s legacy and the essential mission of palliative care.

About the Margaret S. Lindsay Foundation of 1989
Margaret Stewart Lindsay was a Midwesterner who spent most of her adult life in Massachusetts. An educator by profession, she had a big heart and strong attraction to those who might need extra support in order to thrive and who did not give up in the face of challenges, but rather worked to overcome them. Margaret was always ready to offer her support and inspiration in such cases.

The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation of 1989’s goal is to honor her memory by supporting an eclectic array of causes, many of which will reflect her desire to ensure that the most challenging of issues are made more manageable, and that the beneficiaries of grantee organizations find hope and comfort.

Nominations are now CLOSED.

Prior Award Recipients

2020 KIM JUANICO, RN, BSN, CHPPN

 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.

2019 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.”