Congratulations to the 2014 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award® finalists. Watch a video of our five inspiring finalists.


Scot Bateman, MD – Finalist

UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center

Worcester, Massachusetts

Scot Bateman is director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where he cares for seriously ill children and young adults. A colleague said of Bateman, “I would often see him sitting with families and listening even when he was not the physician on service. He brings a sense of solidarity and comfort to families experiencing the worst moments of their lives.”

Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care Team

Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care Team – Finalist

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth

Plymouth, Massachusetts

The Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care Team provides hospice and palliative care to patients and families in their own home or any other place they call home. “The Cranberry Hospice team goes to some pretty unusual and challenging places at all times of day and night, and in any kind of weather. They represent the best in how humans help others in need,” said a colleague.


Deborah Ferretti, MS, APRN – Finalist

The Hospital of Central Connecticut

New Britain, Connecticut

Deborah Ferretti is a nurse practitioner on the Wolfson Palliative Care Team who provides care and works with patients and their families to make end-of-life decisions. “As a colleague and a caregiver, she is exemplary, skilled and tireless in her commitment to patients and their families,” said a co-worker. “She is a great colleague because she helps us all be better caregivers.”


Thea James, MD – 2014 Awardee

Boston Medical Center

Boston, Massachusetts

Thea James is an emergency medicine physician dedicated to reducing community violence and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. “She has a natural ability to normalize events for people in crisis, and provide a safe environment free of judgment, shame and fear,” said a colleague. “It is this very environment that cultivates hope and promotes the physical, mental and spiritual wellness of our patients.”


Kathryn Pratt, RN, BSN – Finalist

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Kathryn Pratt is a nurse coordinator in the stem cell transplant unit who works with cancer patients undergoing autologous transplant. “Kathryn gives patients confidence in their decisions to move forward with transplant and provides the connection and support they need during this very scary time,” said a colleague.