Three from Creighton Receive Gold Awards

Three from Creighton Receive Gold Awards

By Cindy Murphy McMahon, BA’74

A physician, a nursing professor and a vice president from Creighton were honored with a prestigious national award for providing exceptional health care throughout the past year.

The Creighton recipients of the 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation are: Renuga Vivekanandan, MD, associate professor and chief of infectious disease in the School of Medicine and director of antimicrobial stewardship at CHI Health – Creighton University Medical Center; Tricia Sharrar, BA’93, JD’96, vice president for Compliance; and Julie Manz, PhD, BSN’98, MS’05, associate professor and chair of the BSN program. They were honored during a virtual gala on June 10.

They were nominated by the dean of Creighton’s School of Medicine, Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81, for their outstanding efforts during the pandemic, including as leaders of the community COVID-19 vaccination clinic that administered more than 42,000 vaccines on the Creighton campus.

“All three of these individuals have given tirelessly of themselves to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, from the establishment of a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the University to championing COVID-19 protocols and safety measures,” Dunlay said. “They are most deserving of this honor.”

The Champions of Humanistic Care awards were given to physicians, nurses and other health care team members for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Biden, received the National Humanism in Medicine Medal at the same event.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is a public, nonprofit organization established in 1988 by Arnold Gold, MD, and Sandra Gold, EdD, their colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and philanthropists. The foundation works with health care professionals to ensure that compassion, respect and empathy are at the core of all health care interactions.