Celebrating Extraordinary Acts of Compassion

About the National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award

The National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award is a national recognition program that elevates excellence in compassionate health care. Every year since 1999, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare has honored outstanding health care professionals who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families. The award recognizes those who make a profound difference through their unmatched dedication to compassionate, collaborative care.

Each year, the award recipient and finalists are honored before an audience of 2,000 caregivers and health care executives at the Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston. In 2015, award-winning author Dr. Atul Gawande, served as the dinner’s featured speaker.

modern_healthcare_scrollThe NCCY Award is made possible through the generous support of Modern Healthcare, the media sponsor of this year’s award.

NCCY Award Benefits

NCCYSCFBSplashPage_Thea_BannerHealth care professionals are nourished and re-energized when they know they are appreciated. It takes just a few minutes to nominate someone, but it can have a lasting impact on their life and on the lives of caregivers and patients across the country. The NCCY Award also includes the following benefits:

  • Acknowledgement of excellence in compassionate health care
  • National recognition of the caregiver’s organization
  • $5,000 award and all expenses-paid travel to award celebration in Boston

Learn more about the NCCY Award nomination criteria.

2016 Nomination Period

The 2016 nomination period is now closed. The 2016 NCCY Award recipient and five finalists will be chosen by a national review committee to be recognized at the Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner on Nov. 15, 2016 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The recipient will receive a $5,000 award, and have the opportunity to share their perspective on compassion in health care. The five finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Please check back at the beginning of 2017 for more information about the 2017 nomination period.

You can also say thank you to a special caregiver through a donation to the Schwartz Center as part of the Honor Your Caregiver movement and give others the opportunity to experience the compassion you did. We will in turn send a certificate on your behalf to honor this caregiver for everyday acts of compassion.

Past Award Recipients & Finalists

NCCY Award recipients and finalists come from many walks of life, but all have one thing in common: they believe that compassion is great health care.

“The NCCY Award represents a career high point for me because there is no greater honor for a health care provider than being recognized for compassion. I am grateful to the Schwartz Center and I am thankful for my patients and colleagues who inspire me daily through their acts of courage and grace. Offering reflexive, whole-hearted, unconditional compassion to those we serve should always be a priority.”

– Rick Boyte, MD, 2015 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award Recipient

Meet our past award recipients and finalists:

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