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. The award 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 and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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Each year, the award recipient and six finalists are honored before an audience of 2,000 caregivers and healthcare executives at the Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston. At the 20th anniversary dinner, award-winning author Dr. Atul Gawande, served as the honorary speaker.


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NCCY Award Benefits

USATodayMontage12517Healthcare 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.

2017 Nomination Period

The 2017 nomination period is now open! Please use the online 2017 NCCY Award nomination form to nominate an extraordinary healthcare professional or team.

This year’s deadline is March 31, 2017.



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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:

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