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 healthcare. Since 1999, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare has honored outstanding healthcare professionals who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award, which recognizes those who make a profound difference through their unmatched dedication to compassionate, collaborative care.

Award finalists are chosen by a national review committee, which includes past award recipients, in collaboration with representatives from the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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Each year, the award recipient and six finalists are honored before an audience of 1,500 caregivers and healthcare executives at the Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston.

The NCCY Award is made possible through the generous support of Novo Nordisk. 

NCCY Award Benefits

Healthcare 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 healthcare
  • National recognition of the caregiver’s organization
  • All expenses-paid travel to award celebration in Boston

Learn more about the NCCY Award nomination criteria.

2018 Nomination Period

The 2018 nomination period is now open! Please use the online 2018 NCCY Award nomination form to nominate an extraordinary healthcare professional or team.

This year’s deadline is March 30, 2018.

For more information:

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 healthcare.


Meet our past award recipients and finalists:

If you have questions about the award, please contact nominations@nccyaward.org.