From left to right: Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum; award recipients Anne McNerney and Rosemary Wilson; Michael Greenebaum and cancer center director Dr. Kevin J. Cullen
Two employees at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center were recently honored with a special award recognizing their exemplary compassion in patient care. Anne McNerney, patient navigator, and Rosemary Wilson, patient referral coordinator, were chosen to receive the 2011 Greenebaum Compassion Award. The award was presented at the cancer center’s May 16 all staff meeting.
The award is presented twice each year by Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum to cancer center staff members who exemplify exceptional caring and compassion in their work with cancer patients. Mr. Stewart Greenebaum established the award in 2007 to recognize the special care that has become the hallmark of the cancer center that bears his name.
The following are excerpts from the citations read at the awards presentation:
Anne McNerney: “Anne treats each patient with respect and kindness. The empathy she shows each patient comes from her own experience as a cancer survivor and her genuine desire to offer help and comfort to every patient. Her commitment to helping each patient she encounters is truly inspirational and comes from an endless well of compassion.”
Rosemary Wilson: “Rosemary is the first contact patients have with the cancer center. Her empathy, humor and commitment to making every patient feel welcome and comfortable goes a long way to helping patients start their long and often arduous journey of cancer diagnosis, treatment and hopefully cure, with a feeling of hope and comfort.”
The award is open to all employees of the cancer center who are involved with patient care. Nominations may be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed by the selection committee on a bi-annual basis.
Each award recipient receives a $2,500 cash award, a crystal award plaque and a commemorative pin, and his or her name is added to a permanent display of Greenebaum Compassion Award winners, located in the cancer center.
"We are extremely grateful to the Greenebaums for their generosity in making this award possible," says Dr. Kevin Cullen, cancer center director.
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