Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

Technical competency is imperative in the health care industry. But just as important are the people who can demonstrate the virtues of compassion.

Health care professionals who go above and beyond their job duties to extend kindness and compassion to their patients, their colleagues and the broader community usually do so under the radar. That is, they don’t do it for the attention.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the attention. We want to celebrate compassion and formally recognize and celebrate the dedicated folks in the health care community who demonstrate compassion on a day-to-day and person-by-person basis. We do this with the Commitment to Compassion luncheon.

Created by Passport Health Plan and the Healthcare Constellation of Compassionate Louisville three years ago, and supported by Insider Louisville, the annual luncheon continues to grow and put a spotlight on the countless compassionate caregivers in our community.

Jill Joseph Bell, Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Passport Health Plan, is proud to be part of an event that will “honor people that might not always be recognized for all they do to make people feel loved and who care enough to go the extra mile. Studies have proven that when healthcare providers practice compassion, their patients have a shorter recovery time and better overall health outcomes.” 

The third annual Commitment to Compassion luncheon, is set for Feb. 28 at the Muhammad Ali Center. It will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning anchor and medical, health and science reporter Jean West. Most recently, Jean served as Executive Director of Communications for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where she was charged with rebranding and promoting the services offered by the various agencies of the Commonwealth’s largest cabinet. Jean is also the owner of FacesWest Productions, where she was the producer and host of the area’s first and only local programs devoted entirely to medical and health issues.

In addition to a delicious lunch, we will feature a distinguished panel discussion on innovative and compassionate care in West Louisville. Community leaders will focus on how an innovative and compassionate approach to health care is making a difference in West Louisville.

You’ll also enjoy a brief performance by The West Louisville Boys Choir.

Then we will highlight seven individuals whose contributions best represent a commitment to compassion. This year, we had an overwhelming response to our Call for Nominations.

“The overwhelming number of nominations received this year is evidence that the value of compassion continues to grow as a key ingredient in the transformation of the health of our community,” said Stephanie Barnett, Co-Host of Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and Founder of ChooseWell Communities.  “The nominees come from a wonderfully diverse group of health-related roles. Their contributions to their patients, their peers and their organizations serve as inspiration to all who are committed to making compassion the driving force for health in our city.”

Last year, one organization, Cedar Lake, and six individuals were honored. They were Diane Riff, a nurse practitioner and U of L assistant professor; Dr. Jonathan Sayat, a U of L physician; Mary Haynes of Nazareth Homes Inc.; Lisa Benner of ChooseWell Communities; Betty Adkins of Metro Louisville’s Health and Wellness Department; and Sarah Daniel of MD2U.

Please help us honor the people who are concerned about patients and who foster compassion within healthcare systems of education, healthcare delivery and personal/professional practice. Click here to RSVP and learn about additional details.