A Passion for Inspiring Others: Stephen Corman’s Story

Sometimes an organization is lucky enough to have a donor whose goal is not only to create impact by supporting the organization financially, but also to inspire others to do the same. Stephen Corman is one of those donors for the Schwartz Center. A combination of five personal cancer diagnoses and two end-of-life parent journeys inspired Steve and his late wife Betsy to lend their financial and intellectual support to the Schwartz Center to help ensure compassionate care for both patients and caregivers at healthcare institutions. In memory of Betsy, Steve recently made a transformational gift to the Schwartz Center to help advance our mission now and in the future.

“Everyone talks about compassion, but the Schwartz Center DOES something about it. The Schwartz Center has made me a better person. I want to help them do that for others as well.”

Part of Steve’s gift is helping to establish the Corman IMPACT Honors at our inaugural Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference in June 2017. This new recognition program highlights Schwartz Center healthcare members who are creating and leading programs or initiatives that promote compassionate, collaborative care within their organization or system. Steve’s support of this program reflects his belief that leading by example is the most effective way to inspire others. It is his sincere hope that healthcare organizations are inspired by these honorees to find ways to make compassionate care a priority at their institutions.

The other part of Steve’s generosity is in the form of a legacy grant, which will provide support for the Center’s programs for years to come. “I like to inspire others with my giving. I hope this planned gift makes people pause and consider how they can continue making a difference even after they’re gone.” The Schwartz Center is deeply grateful to Steve for his inspirational giving and commitment to compassionate care.


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