Congratulations to the 2016 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award finalists! The Award recipient, Randi Kaplan, LMSW, was announced and honored on Nov. 15, 2016 at the 21st Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner.

Randi Kaplan, LMSW, Award Recipient

Montefiore Health System
Bronx, New York

Randi Kaplan is a social worker and director and co-founder of the Arthur D. Emil Caregiver Support Center at Montefiore, the first and only medical center in New York City to offer families and friends of patients emotional support, practical assistance and comfort as they navigate the stress, anxieties and challenges of providing care to a loved one. “The word I hear most about Randi from caregivers, patients and staff is angel,” said a colleague. “Randi works with her heart – it is like having your oldest, most trusted friend next to you during your greatest time of need.”


Shieva Khayam-Bashi, MD

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Shieva Khayam-Bashi is a doctor and medical director of the hospital’s long-term care facility and preceptor for the Foundations of Patient Care course to UCSF medical students, delivering guidance and support to her patients, students and colleagues. “Dr. Khayam-Bashi’s loving spirit and compassionate essence provide sustenance to her patients, inspiration to her medical students, and motivation to her colleagues,” said a colleague. “Her commitment to compassionate care remains unmatched, unwavering and resolute.”


David Pascoe, MA, BCC

Primary Children’s Hospital
Salt Lake City, Utah

David Pascoe is an interfaith chaplain with specialty training in pediatrics and palliative care/hospice. “Through both his professional and personal values and practice, David has demonstrated great regard for the human spirit,” said a colleague. “Staff from all disciplines know that at times of impending death, critical news or decision-making regarding our young patients, one of the most valuable resources they can offer a family is to call David.”


Allissa Randazzo, BSN, RN

Aspen House Memory Care Assisted Living
Loveland, Colorado

Allissa Randazzo is a nurse who cares for severely cognitively impaired residents in an assisted living home. “When providing care for people with dementia, it is easy to lose sight of the human being who is lost in a world of confusion and lashes out in fear and anger as a result,” said the family member of residents. “Allissa never lost sight of our parents as complete human beings who had led full and interesting lives. She treated them sensitively and with great respect even in challenging situations.”


Vincent Waite, MD, MPH

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Vincent Waite is a doctor and mentor with a decades-long commitment to the poor, homeless and medically underserved in both Lawrence and Ghana, where he has taught medical students and physician residents. “With a quiet, respectful demeanor, he meets patients where they are, without judgment, whether their struggles are with drug use, mental health issues, post-traumatic stress and abuse, poverty, or not uncommonly all of these things together. From that groundwork of respect, he builds a collaborative and therapeutic relationship,” said a colleague.


Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James)

Columbus, Ohio

The OSUCCC – James MICU is a dedicated team of individuals caring for cancer patients and their families. “The team spirit on this floor was seamless and we were privileged to experience this outstanding care,” said a former patient’s spouse. “Not only did they save my husband’s life, but they did it as an outstanding and multi-layered team. We will never forget the truly astonishing and heart-filled care that we experienced in the OSUCCC – James MICU.”