Peggy Torr, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., a nurse on 9 West, and Yolanda Sumter, R.N., a nurse case manager in the UMGCC Baltimore City Cancer Program, are the first winners of the Greenebaum Compassion Award, a new recognition to be awarded annually to staff in the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The awards were presented at the All-Hands meeting on May 28.
Pictured, above, are, left to right, Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum, Torr, Sumter, and Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the cancer center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"The Greenebaums established this award in 2007 to recognize the special compassionate care that has become the hallmark of the cancer center that bears their name," Dr. Cullen said before presenting the award. "The award commends those individuals who go above and beyond their normal duties to provide not only excellent medical care, but also compassion, hope and dignity to the patients we serve."
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 will receive a $2,500 cash award, a crystal award plaque and a commemorative pin, and will have his or her name 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," Cullen said.