CPN | The Courageous Provider Award: Nominations Are Open

The Courageous Provider Award: Nominations Are Open

The Courageous Provider Awards annually recognize individual pediatric providers advancing the impact of pediatric palliative care (PPC) through their work and collaboration with others. Nominees must excel in engaging with patients, parents or other caregivers, and/or other pediatric specialists in the essential values of palliative care, especially its holistic, multidisciplinary approach. They must demonstrate qualities of compassion, tenacity and empathy in journeying with children and their families.

Courageous Parents Network is deeply 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 nominate them.

2022 Nominations are Now Open

Nominees do NOT need to be palliative care specialists!

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 “Provider Award Nomination” in the email subject line. All nominations must be received by Friday, October 22 2021.

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. 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 child’s care?

Compassion and empathy
What words and/or phrases would you use to describe typical (or atypical) provider-family interactions (for example, caring; thoughtful; thorough; good explanations; safe; listens well)?

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

Collaboration with other pediatric specialists
How does the nominee work with others (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)?

You may also submit up to three supporting letters of recommendation. These must be included with the required nomination materials.

Review and notification

All nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Courageous Parents Network Executive Director. Members will include representatives of the Ilene Beal and Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundations and a Courageous Parents Network staff member.

All nominations will be kept confidential.

The final determination will be made on or about November 15, 2021. Courageous Parents Network will work with the nominator to determine how to notify the Award recipient. The results will be announced publicly in December 2021 and the Award ceremony held in February 2022.

The Funders

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 Stewart Lindsay, a native Midwesterner, used her experience of personal tragedy to live a life of great compassion for those who suffer adversity. She was a longtime resident of Massachusetts and, from her homes in Beacon Hill and on Martha’s Vineyard, found countless ways to help both friends and strangers in need. She died suddenly, in 1999.

The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation continues her legacy by supporting organizations focused on a wide range of social and environmental causes, especially providing relief to those who suffer from disabilities or disadvantage,and families and children suffering from serious illness, as well as those supporting arts that offer therapeutic benefit.

Prior Award Winners

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.

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.

Kim Juanico, RN, BSN, CHPPN
, 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.

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.”