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. Now in its 21st year, 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, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.





Each year, the award recipient and six finalists are honored before an audience of 1,200 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 energized when they know they are appreciated by those around them. Nominating someone for the NCCY award is an excellent way to show your appreciation. It takes just a few minutes, but can have a lasting impact on their life and the lives of those around them. The NCCY Award also includes the following benefits:

  • Formal 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.

2019 Nomination Period

The 2019 nomination period is now closed. Check back here for more information about nominating an extraordinary healthcare professional or team for the 2020 NCCY Award.

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.  Watch the video to learn more about last year’s outstanding award finalists.


Meet our past award recipients and finalists:

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