At the Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, participants will roll up their sleeves, dig in and engage with visionary thinkers and doers to experience and learn how healthcare organizations around the world are improving quality, lowering costs and strengthening patients’ and providers’ experience using compassionate, collaborative care. Our vision is to form a powerful community where every Compassion in Action participant plays an integral role in sharing ideas, simulating new thinking and provoking the change that will better our healthcare system.  Through interactive experiential sessions with experts from diverse care settings and communities, this innovative conference will focus on fostering compassionate leaders across all professions and roles within healthcare. Participants will leave the conference having gained inspiration, knowledge/skills and partners to improve care quality and outcomes, patient experience and workforce well-being through compassion and collaboration.

To kick off the conference we have dedicated an entire day exclusively for all staff at our healthcare member organizations. The program will include an inspirational keynote and a variety of interactive workshops to support your team in creating and sustaining a culture of compassion in healthcare. The day will conclude with the Corman IMPACT Honors recognition dinner celebrating members’ innovative programs and initiatives that are models for making compassionate care a priority in an organization.

This is your opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues from around the world and to leave feeling motivated and inspired!

The Corman IMPACT Honors Recognition Dinner

About The Corman IMPACT Honors


Innovative Member Programs Advancing Compassion and Teamwork

The Corman IMPACT Honors celebrates healthcare members who are making a transformational impact by creating programs or initiatives that promote compassionate, collaborative care within their organization or system.

We know that leading by example is the most effective way to inspire others to make compassionate care a priority and we want to recognize our healthcare members who are doing that.

Recognition Dinner and Submissions

We appreciate your dedication to Schwartz Rounds and the difference the program makes, and we know many members may be doing more to move the needle of compassionate care. If your organization is doing things differently and changing the way caregivers and patients give and receive compassionate care, we want to recognize your work and share it with our member community.

All program submissions will be highlighted at the Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference, on our Member Community website and Schwartz Center materials.

Up to three exemplary programs will be featured at the Corman IMPACT Honors recognition dinner and a spokesperson from each of the selected member sites will have the opportunity to speak about their program and how it has made an impact on their organization.

The submission window is now closed. Thank you to all the members who submitted their impactful programs. The selected programs will be announced in June.

If you are a Schwartz Center healthcare memberand would like to join us for the Corman IMPACT Honors Recognition Dinner, please register here. We look forward to celebrating in September!

Read about the honorees and submitted programs and initiatives from our last IMPACT Honors. If you have questions regarding Member Day or the Corman IMPACT Honors, please contact Anna Ferrato, member experience coordinator at

The Corman IMPACT Honors are made possible through the generous support of Stephen Corman in memory of his late wife, Betsy. Mr. Corman’s underwriting of the IMPACT Honors reflects his belief that leading by example is the most effective way to inspire others. It is his sincere hope that healthcare organizations are inspired by these honorees to find ways to make compassionate care a priority at their institution.


IMPACT Honors Criteria and FAQs

Any Schwartz Center healthcare member that has an innovative program or initiative making a transformational impact to promote compassionate, collaborative care within its organization or system is eligible. Please note your organization must be a member at the time of the conference to be considered.

If you have questions regarding Member Day or the Corman IMPACT Honors, please contact Anna Ferrato, member experience coordinator at


Member Planning Committee
Lisa Beard Senior Patient Navigator, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Jeff Christie, LCSW, CEAP Director, JPS Health Network, JPS/ACCLAIM Employee Assistance Program
Julie Collier, Ph.D. Director, Enterprise Resilience, Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford/Stanford Children’s Health
Laura Crooks, OTR, MHA Senior Director, Experience, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Mary Tess Crotty, MA Vice President, Quality, Genesis HealthCare
Linh B Dang NYC H+H, Sr. Director of Arts in Medicine, NOAH Board Member (National Organization for Arts in Health)
Kristen Demertzis, Ph.D., ABPP Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology Chief, Division of Neuropsychology, Southside Hospital Director of Resident Mentorship, OB/GYN Department, Southside Hospital Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Jon S. Du Bois, MD Clinical Associate, Harvard Medical School, Medical Director, Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, Medical Director, Mass General Cancer Center at MVH and NCH, Clinical Staff, Mass General Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Rev. Krista Gregory, MDiv, BCC Director of The Center for Resiliency at Dell Children’s, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Shanna Hoffman Director of Integrative Nursing, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Casey Kudesia, MA Director of Training and Organizational Development, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Sophia McIntyre, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, CPE Chief Medical Officer, Hudson River Healthcare, Inc., 2016 Baldrige Executive Fellow
Denise Mohess Medical Director, Inova Geriatric Services Physician Leader, Schwartz Center Rounds
Sirisha Narayana, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF Parnassus Campus
Louisa Nedkov Manager, Kailo Employee Wellness Program, Halton Healthcare
Daniel Pomerantz, MD, MPH, FACP Physician Leader for Schwartz Center Rounds, Director of Ambulatory Care, Director of Palliative Care, Associate Program Director, Department of Medicine, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Emelia Rogers, LICSW Medical Social Worker, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Ellen Rosendale, MSW, LCSW Director of Family Services, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Nancy Searl, RECE Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Rick L. Shifley, PhD Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences, MCPHS University
Marcia Walker, MSW, LISW-S Manager – YOU Matter Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH
Wendy Walters, LICSW Clinical Ethics Consultant, UAB Hospital Clinical Ethics Program