Each year the Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards recognize the outstanding compassionate care provided by staff at The Princess Margaret Hospital to patients and their families. 
 
The family of the late Gerald Kirsh established the awards as a tribute to the exceptional care they witnessed while he was undergoing treatment at The Princess Margaret. These awards help grateful cancer patients and their families express their thanks to the dedicated employees and volunteers who have provided special care during their treatment. 
 
Any Princess Margaret Hospital employee (nurse, physician, social worker, technical staff, support staff, student, trainee, volunteer) who contributes directly to a patient’s care is eligible.
 
In 2010, a record number of nominations were received (26), as patients and their families paid tribute to nurses, technicians, doctors, and support staff. The Ceremony announcing the award winners took place Monday, November 15th in the 7th floor research atrium of the hospital. 

 
For 2010, the recipients of the Gerald Kirsh Humanitarian Awards are Nancy Gregorio, Registered Nurse Case Manager, Ambulatory Care, and Barbara Tiano, Receptionist, Information Desk—two exceptionally deserving members of the PMH team.
 
Just about everyone who comes to Princess Margaret Hospital has an opportunity to meet Barb. Her nomination states “She has a greeting and kind word for every patient and every staff member who approaches her desk.” But Barb does much more than greet and direct. It is the way in which she makes visitors feel comfortable and welcome that often sets the tone for their day. “She is the other side of the teamwork that is required to run a good hospital.”
 
Nancy’s nomination states, “Intuition cannot be learned, but it is a gift Nancy gives to each and every patient.” As a nurse case manager, Nancy has to be extremely organized and be able to oversee the often complex care associated with many patients, yet she takes the time to make each patient feel that they are family member. “Nancy wears her heart on her sleeve, while maintaining the delicate line of professionalism required.”
 
If you would like to learn more about the awards process please click here, complete an online nomination form or e-mail kirshawards@thepmcf.ca for more information.