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Three from Creighton honored as Champions of Humanistic Care

Gold AwardThree Creighton University representatives have been named 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for their work in providing exceptional health care throughout the past year.

Renuga Vivekanandan, MD, associate professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Creighton University and CHI Health and director of epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship at CHI Health – Creighton University Medical Center;Tricia Sharrar, BA’93, JD’96, vice provost for Academic Administration and Operations at Creighton University; and Julie Manz, PhD, BSN’98, MS’05, associate professor and dean of undergraduate nursing at Creighton University, will be honored during a virtual gala on June 10.

The Champions of Humanistic Care awards physicians, nurses and other health care team members selected by their health care institutions for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Humanism is characterized by a respectful and collaborative health care approach, and professionals must demonstrate integrity, empathy, service and take into consideration the values and the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.

Vivekanandan, Sharrar, and Manz were nominated by Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81, dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine.

“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.”

During the gala, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Biden; Wayne Riley, MD, president of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine; and Eric Topol, MD, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and professor of molecular medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, will receive the National Humanism in Medicine Medal.

For more about the Gold Foundation and the 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care, go to 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 in New York 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.


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