Celebrating Extraordinary Acts of Compassion

2021 NCCY Award Recipients

    Nora Kramer, RN, MS, CNRN

    Some people are hyper-specialized when it comes to the causes they dedicate their lives to. Not Nora Kramer, a nurse supervisor, trauma educator and the injury prevention and outreach coordinator for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. During her 35-year nursing career, Nora has advocated for a wide variety of causes, including combatting human trafficking, substance use ...


    Orlanda Mackie, MD

    One colleague described Orlanda Mackie, MD, as embodying the true spirit of the medical profession. “Each and every patient receives her all, regardless of their background or ability to pay, as she advocates for them in her quiet, humble and dedicated way,” they said.

    Dr. Mackie is a hospice and palliative provider at ...


    Jose Morales, MD

    “One may ask, how do you chart kindness, compassion? How do you charge for empathy? When a healthcare provider truly cares, it is priceless,” said a colleague of Jose Morales, MD.

    As a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa for the past 23 years, Dr. Morales is known for his ability to make his ...


    Sparkles Ransom, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, C-SWHC

    About her profession of social work, Sparkles Ransom, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, C-SWHC said, “I didn’t choose social work, social work chose me. It is my calling.” Her colleagues and patients would agree; within her organization, Sparkles is known as the go-to person for challenging situations.

    Her fellow social workers look to her ...


    The C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Assistance Resources and Education) Program

    Being a caregiver to a family member can be lonely, unrelenting, and overwhelming. It often strains the body, the emotions, and the soul. And as professional caregivers know, the job of tending to others is much easier if you are supported and self-care is a priority.

    That’s where the Henry Ford Health ...


    The H.E.A.R. (Healer Education Assessment and Referral) Team

    After almost one physician or medical student suicide each year for more than a decade, UC San Diego Health’s Physician Well Being Committee (PWBC) knew something had to change. Not a single one of the people who had died had come to the PWBC for help. So in 2009, the group created Healer ...


    Tamara Vesel, MD

    “I have worked in healthcare for over 40 years and have worked with many outstanding doctors. Dr. Vesel is an example of what is best in healthcare,” said one colleague. 

    Tamara Vesel, MD, is a palliative care physician at Tufts Medical Center (TMC). In this ...

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