Monday, November 18, 2013

Schwartz Center brings all together again

Petra Langer reminds us of an event that has become a mainstay of the New England healthcare community.  This may be one of the few places where the intensely competitive actors in the region join forces in total unanimity!

More than 150 doctors, nurses and other hospital staff who treated those injured in the Boston Marathon bombings will be honored at the 18th annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner on Thursday, November 21, at the Boston Convention Center. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional dance instructor who lost her lower leg in the bombings, will speak at the event beginning at 7pm. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend. 

“The Marathon bombings seven months ago cast a bright spotlight not only on the courageous first responders and volunteers at the scene, but also on the extraordinary people who work in healthcare in the Boston area,” said Julie Rosen, executive director of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to strengthen the relationship between patients andtheir healthcare providers. “We’re thrilled to honor them. Their professionalism and compassion have been critical to the collective healing of our community.”

The Schwartz Center will also celebrate the 15th  anniversary of its prestigious Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award®. The award was established in 1999 to honor healthcare providers who display extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and families. Past recipients will be in attendance, and this year’s recipient will be announced at the dinner.

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