For the fourth year, Louisville’s health care community is preparing to honor a group of special individuals who exhibit extraordinary compassion in their daily lives.

The Commitment to Compassion Award was created to honor people every year who exemplify true compassion in health care. Throughout the year, the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville seeks out nominees. Anyone in the health care field can nominate a co-worker or colleague.

The award winners deserve recognition for improving the lives of those around them, for inspiring and challenging others to be more compassionate.

This year’s outstanding group will be honored at the Commitment to Compassion Luncheon at the Muhammad Ali Center Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. You can learn more about the event and get your ticket here.

Here are this year’s award recipients:

Bob Mueller, Senior Vice President, Fund Development, Hosparus Health. Bob has been with Hosparus nearly three decades, first as one of the organization’s first chaplains. Today he is the face of Hosparus, responsible for raising funds, but also spending time with patients and families as they enter the final chapter of their lives.

Bob is known for the compassion he shows to everyone he meets — whether it is Hosparus patients, their families, or employees. He is an acclaimed author of three books, and is a priest and bishop in the United Catholic Church.

Amanda Corzine, clinical coordinator,  and Vicki Yazel, assistant clinical coordinator, are with Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Services at U of L Hospital. Both are sexual assault nurse examiners, registered nurses trained in the forensic/medical examination of sexual assault victims, collecting and preserving evidence and testifying in legal proceedings.

Their work includes contacting sexual assault and domestic violence victims and providing comfort, guiding them through the complex and harrowing experience, especially to those reluctant to report crimes and seek medical care. They are responsible for making those services available 24/7, and support their work by educating lawmakers and police about the topic.

Matthew Adamkin, M.D., is an assistant professor for the U of L School of Medicine in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with U of L Physicians. He provides care at no cost to Special Olympics Kentucky athletes.

His volunteer work with Special Olympics includes providing physicals to the special athletes, who often suffer from intellectual or developmental difficulties.

Rebekah Gossom is a Speech-language pathologist, specializing in infant feeding. She works full-time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“Rebekah is one of the most compassionate, people-centered and selfless individuals I have worked with,” is the way she was described in her nomination. She helps new mothers learn how to feed their infants, who are in many cases medically fragile, and goes beyond her mission by following up with the parents after they’re home.

Nancy Kern, a nurse practitioner, is an associate professor of nursing at the Spalding University School of Nursing, teaching in the master’s program and training future nurse practitioners.

She works in practice with Norton Occupational Medicine. Her volunteer work includes providing hepatitis A vaccines to the homeless, battling the outbreak on the front lines.

Abraham Aluel is a radiology technician in the Pediatric section at Norton Hospital at Dupont Square. He is a native of Sudan who arrived in Louisville in 2001 as a “Lost Boy from Sudan.” He has become a U.S. citizen.

He arrived in the U.S. in 2001 with only a plastic shopping bag, and has been able to get a job and an education, first at Winston Industries and ultimately to become a radiology technician. During this time, he has sent money home to his family, and become a husband and father to five children. He and his wife are currently raising money to build a school in his former village.

Joseph DAmbrosio is Director of Health Innovation and Sustainability at the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a professor at the U of L School of Medicine. He teaches couples and family therapy courses for students at the Kent School of Social Work.

Dr. D’Ambrosio went from being a successful lawyer to a clinical social worker in order to provide care for others.

The following three physicians from Norton Cancer Institute are being honored jointly for their commitment to compassion in cancer treatment.

Aaron Spalding, M.D., Ph.D. is a radiation oncologist and executive medical director of Norton Cancer Institute.

John Hamm, M.D., is one of the founders of Norton Cancer Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in medical oncology. He is the Medical Director of the Norton Cancer Institute Research Program.

Don Stevens, M.D., is also one of the four founders of the Norton Cancer Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and widely published in peer review journals. He is active in the realm of experimental therapeutics for the treatment of blood cancers and has a national reputation in drug development.

The Commitment to Compassion Award was created four years ago, when Jill Bell, vice president and chief communications officer at Passport Health Plan, and Stephanie Barnett of ChooseWell Communities, along with members of the staff at Insider Louisville, came up with the idea of honoring health care professionals who show extraordinary compassion in their approach to their work, and their life.

All of the honorees will be recognized at the 4th Annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Muhammad Ali Center. Tickets are still available for the event – click here to learn more and get your ticket today!