The Arnold P. Gold Foundation this spring recognized four healthcare leaders who embody the ideal of placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of healthcare with its 2022 National Humanism in Medicine Medal. This year’s medal honorees are: bestselling author and GHHS member Dr. Michele Harper, Bellevue Literary Review Editor-in-Chief and acclaimed physician-author Dr. Danielle Ofri; nurse leader and international anti-human trafficking activist Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski; and Steve Rusckowski, global business and healthcare leader and Chairman, CEO and President of Quest Diagnostics.
The four honorees were presented with their awards at the Gold Foundation’s Annual Gala, Thursday, June 9, 2022, which returned to the beautiful Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. For the first time, a virtual option was available, too, connecting the Gold Foundation community across the globe.
Each year, the Gold Foundation Gala draws leaders of medical and nursing education, of hospitals and health systems, community health centers, and of global healthcare companies, as well as humanistic doctors, nurses, and students, Gold Humanism Honor Society members, Gold grantees and awardees, and passionate supporters of humanism in healthcare. For the second year, the Annual Gala was hosted by Gold Trustee Dr. Kimberly Manning, a singular and beloved voice of humanism and Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.
The 2022 Gala heralded two milestones for the Gold Foundation. The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), now with nearly 45,000 members, turns 20 years old this year. GHHS membership recognizes medical students and other healthcare leaders who are role models of humanistic care, which the Gold Foundation defines as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. The gala recognized a constellation of GHHS members who have been key to these two remarkable decades, including one of the four gala medalists.
In addition, the Gold Corporate Council (GCC), which is composed of six leading global healthcare companies that help advance humanism within their own companies and in the broader ecosystem, turns 5 years old this year. The GCC, which is made up of BD, Henry Schein, Inc., IBM Watson Health, Quest Diagnostics, CVS Health, and Siemens Healthineers, aspires to elevate the importance of compassion and empathy in healthcare, igniting conversation and action throughout the healthcare industry.