2020 Golden Thread Gala

The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense upheaval in the world. We salute our healthcare professionals. Their courage, compassion and dedication to their patients is humanism in action. We are so grateful for their incredible work in this unprecedented time.

Every year we celebrate such extraordinary humanism at our gala, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New York City. This event typically brings together so many who believe strongly in our mission, and we were very much looking forward to awarding our 2020 National Humanism in Medicine Medals to four lifelong champions of humanism: Danielle Ofri, Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, Steve Rusckowski, and Eric Topol.

In recognition of the safety of our guests, the public, and the entire healthcare community, and in order to celebrate when we get to the other side of COVID-19, we are rescheduling the gala to an appropriate date as early as it’s possible.

Support the Gold Foundation

Humanism in healthcare is far from postponed, however. Healthcare professionals on the front lines are living it every day. Our work at the Gold Foundation to support them in meaningful ways continues because the Gold community of healthcare students and professionals need all of our recognition and support as much as ever.

And we have to tell you that we need your support – whatever you can do – now. The economic uncertainty of this year due to the catastrophe of COVID-19 means many initiatives are at risk. And, if you would like specifically to support one of our pandemic initiatives under way, please reach out to Stuart Chizzik at schizzik@gold-foundation.org.

2020 Honorees

The Gold Foundation has selected four visionary leaders who embody the ideal of placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of healthcare to receive this year’s National Humanism in Medicine Medal:

  • Dr. Danielle Ofri, renowned physician-author and co-founder of the Bellevue Literary Review 
  • Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, extraordinary international activist, philanthropist, and founder of Nurses with Global Impact, Inc.
  • Steve Rusckowski, global business and healthcare leader and visionary Chairman, President and CEO of Quest Diagnostics
  • Dr. Eric Topol, cardiologist, geneticist, world leader in medical research, and bestselling author on the future of medicine

Read the full announcement and learn more about their remarkable impact on humanism in healthcare.

2019 Golden Thread Gala

Our 2019 event was a very special evening! Read about the 2019 honorees, remarks by them and other luminaries from the gala, and view the photo gallery.