Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare NCCY Nominee 2017 Jonathan Bartles, August 18, 2017, Charlottesville, VA

A nurse at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia with over 20 years of experience in emergency, trauma, oncology and palliative care, Mr. Bartels has gained national recognition for his work in developing a practice implemented by the care team after the death of a patient simply called ‘The Pause.” It is a means of transitioning and demarcating the brevity and importance of this moment. The Pause is a means of honoring a person’s last rite of passage and an opportunity for healthcare professionals to come together amidst suffering and loss. As one colleague writes, “He is a listener, inspirational leader of fierce compassion, and making an impact with one unique intervention among many, to ease suffering for families and healthcare providers.”