Inside Kentucky Health

There’s a new passion for compassion in the Louisville healthcare community, and a celebration of that commitment is planned for Feb. 4.

Seven individuals who have emerged as leaders in the local compassionate healthcare movement will be honored at a luncheon at the Muhammad Ali Center. The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased here.

“We have a created a brush fire of compassion for the community, and this is an opportunity to recognize some of the folks who are igniting the fire,” said Stephanie Barnett, a co-host of the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation, which comprises a group of people who are concerned about patients and who foster compassion within healthcare systems of education, healthcare delivery and personal/professional practice.

The honorees were nominated by individuals who wrote essays about how their compassion positively challenged and impacted their organizations. The honorees have extended “consideration, kindness, and compassion to patients, their colleagues and the border community.”

Dr. Robin Youngson and his wife Meredith at U of L's Studio C.

Dr. Robin Youngson and his wife Meredith at U of L’s Studio C.

Compassionate Louisville, which was formed last year by local healthcare executives, strives to make Louisville a model city for compassion in healthcare. Last October, the group brought in Dr. Robin Youngson, a New Zealand anesthesiologist who started a global movement called “Hearts in Healthcare.”

Dr. Youngson, a world leader who last year credited Louisville’s healthcare community for being among the only places in the world investing time and attention on compassion in healthcare, will appear by video at the upcoming luncheon. Attendees will also hear from other local leaders in the movement during the event.

The event is being organized by Insider Louisville, Passport Health Plan and the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation. Jill Bell, Passport Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, helped come up with the idea to “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.”

The event is the first of what organizers expect will become an annual ceremony to recognize compassionate leaders in the local healthcare field. It will include a panel conversation in which representatives of local companies speak about their “compassion resolutions” and how the commitment to certain values have benefitted their organizations.

Participants in the movement include representatives from the University of Louisville, Passport Health Plan, Bellarmine University, Humana, Spalding University, Seven Counties Services, the Greater Louisville Medical Society, Baptist Health, Norton Healthcare, and KentuckyOne Health.

For information on the awards ceremony and to get tickets, please send an email to [email protected] or go online to