Angelica Ukaigwe, MD, a 2021 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Joshua Crist, a fourth-year medical student at UICOMR, were selected as 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. About 200 physicians, nurses and healthcare team members from around the nation were chosen from Gold Partners Council member institutions and Gold Corporate Council member companies, as well as other affiliated Gold partners, for this honor.
“Nurses, doctors, and care teams have shouldered an incredible burden for over a year now, caring in uncertain and harrowing conditions, when their own safety was at times at risk, and when the normal support systems were dismantled. They have stood in for family members who could not be in the room, they have adapted again and again, and through it all, they have brought their own humanity to bear in caring for patients,” said Dr. Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of the Gold Foundation. “It is our honor to recognize their critical contribution of humanism in healthcare during this ongoing crisis. We are so very grateful.”
The Champions of Humanistic Care will be recognized at the Gold Foundation’s virtual gala on June 10, 2021, alongside three esteemed National Humanism in Medicine Medal recipients:
- Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden.
- Wayne Riley, 17th President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine.
- Eric Topol, Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, and Professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute.
Dr. Fauci will be accepting his medal on behalf of all healthcare teams in America. The 200 or so Champions of Humanistic Care are a small sample of the millions of healthcare team members who have been a part of the immense care effort during the pandemic.
Each Champion of Humanistic Care will receive a certificate and an invitation to attend the virtual gala on June 10.