• Dr. Vivek Murthy named the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award honoree
  • Sign up for the next Gold-Alda Center webinar on June 3 
  • Color these #ColoringCare pages by Dr. Mike Natter 
  • Honoring nurses during National Nurses Month and always
  • Q&A with Dr. Dorothy Levine, retired GHHS leader
  • May edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup
  • New Person-Centered Guidelines for Preserving Family Presence
  • COVID-19 Tools for our Partners continue to expand
  • Gold Partners Council members recognized in Academic Medicine
  • Share your stories and photos as part of our #FrontLineFaces project
  • GHHS inductions continue in warm virtual ceremonies
Together with the Vilcek Foundation , the Gold Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, is the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare. The award honors a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in U.S. healthcare.

“Dr. Vivek Murthy famously said, ‘The world is locked in a struggle between love and fear. Choose love. Always,’” said Dr. Richard I. Levin, Gold Foundation president and CEO. “Such is a rallying cry now for doctors and nurses and all those on the front lines in this crisis, as they show us what love looks like over and over. Dr. Murthy understands deeply the importance of humanism, the importance of love, in guiding our actions and our world.” Read the full announcement.
Sign up for Part II of the "We're in This Together" webinar series with Alda Center and Gold Foundation on June 3
The Gold Foundation is teaming up with the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to support health teams in this pandemic with a series of webinars. Part I, held earlier in May, explored the many aspects clinicians bring with them into the healthcare environment (the many “whos” that we are). Watch Part I here:
Part II, to be held 1:00 to 1:20 p.m. EDT on June 3, will offer time to reflect on and explore the various aspects both healthcare providers and patients bring to the care environment, as well as ways to facilitate communication beyond diagnoses and healthcare roles. These short 20-minute webinars are designed to carve out time for reflection in your busy schedule and will be taped and available later on the Gold Foundation website. 

These sessions are also part of the Gold InSight Human Webinar series, which will be launching in full soon with a variety of helpful videos for you.
Coloring and creative expression can be cathartic, and the ongoing COVID crisis calls for both a celebration of our healthcare professionals and calming activities that help us all get through this, one day at a time. The Gold Foundation has joined with Dr. Mike Natter, an artist, NYU Langone resident physician, and Gold Humanism Honor Society member, to create #ColoringCare.  View and download the first 2 #ColoringCare pages . Thank you, Dr. Natter!

We'd love to see your colored pages, and artists interested in creating future #ColoringCare pages to share are encouraged to email Brianne Alcala at . Read a Q&A with Dr. Natter and learn more about his art and thoughts about the human connection in the age of COVID-19.
During National Nurses Month and always, the Gold Foundation expresses our deep gratitude to nurses
The Gold Foundation celebrates nurses and nursing students, and we are all grateful for their incredibly compassionate and humanistic care. In so many critical and vulnerable moments, it is nurses who are there, at the bedside, at all hours, caring for patients in so many intimate and vital ways.

In honor of nurses, we are sharing again three essays by nursing students that won the 2019 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. Here is an excerpt: "Then he asked if he could talk. I’m thinking… Who am I to refuse a man that is crying? So I told the charge nurse that I was going to be busy for a while. I closed the door to my patient’s room, pulled up a chair, and let him talk. He spoke about what it was like to be drafted, leaving his family and friends behind, and getting acclimated to “that God awful humidity” in Vietnam. He spoke of friendships he made, brothers he lost, and the horrors of war". Read the rest of this first-place essay by Kathleen Schultz of University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, in the Journal of Professional Nursing. Find the second- and third-place essays here.
How to design humanistic yet low-risk visitor rules during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for hospitals and nursing homes. Planetree International led a "pop-up coalition" that came together in May to help hospitals and nursing homes navigate these questions. The Gold Foundation participated and contributed to the vast appendix of resources. Download a PDF of these new guidelines.
Dorothy Levine, MD, led the Gold Humanism Honor Society from 2016 until earlier this month, when she retired from the Gold Foundation to devote more time to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she sits on the Board of Directors.. A pediatrician from Connecticut with a passion for advocacy and doctors in training, she quickly infused the honor society with new projects and energy, galvanized partners from all corners, and took on new causes with verve. We asked Dr. Levine (shown here at left, with 2019 Vilcek-Gold Award honoree Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha) to reflect on her time at the Gold Foundation and share her insights and advice. Read the full Q&A with Dr. Levine.
The May edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup  highlights recently published studies that tackle a variety of topics related to humanism, including :
  • How a "patient as a teacher" program could help illuminate the humanistic aspect of surgery during medical student surgical clerkships
  • Whether burnout is strongly associated with career choice regret for U.S. nurses, as prior studies have shown for U.S. physicians
  • How physician touch is perceived by patients and how teaching about touch might be developed

The Gold Foundation has curated resources to help support you in this pandemic into a COVID-19 Tools for our Partners list, which continues to expand.

New additions include:

Please reach out to Pia Pyne Miller, MPH, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at if you would like further information or to discuss any resources you or your institution have created.
The members of the Gold Partners Council are hospitals and medical school that are leaders of humanism in healthcare. Beyond the many tangible benefits, Gold Partners Council membership sends a signal to staff and patients that these organizations value both them and care that is compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent.

The Gold Partners Council members were named in a two-page spread in the April 2020 issue of Academic Medicine , the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. View the full ad and learn more about the Gold Partners Council. Please keep an eye out for your 2020-2021 renewal notice, and if your institution has not yet joined the Gold Partners Council and would like to now, please reach out to Kerry Ford at
#FrontLineFaces: Join our call for human connection in this pandemic by sharing your photos and stories
Join us in honoring clinicians’ courage and compassion and recognizing their humanity in this fight, while making space for patients and everyone on the front lines to share their personal stories and be seen. Please share your #FrontLineFaces photos and stories.

Submit your photos and stories to the #FrontLineFaces project at or post your photo and story on social media with the hashtag #FrontLineFaces. On Twitter and Instagram , please tag us @GoldFdtn. Thank you for helping Keep Healthcare Human!
GHHS inductions continue in warm virtual ceremonies
Many Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inductions are being shifted to virtual events. The Gold Foundation has assembled resources to help GHHS chapters create a virtual induction ceremony, including a welcome video and PowerPoint slides for your program. Gold Foundation representatives are also available to join your virtual ceremony to say a few brief words and congratulate your newest inductees.

GOLD PARTNERS COUNCIL MEMBERS now have the opportunity to share an event or other relevant news to our Gold community in this new space. Contact Kerry Ford at for more information.
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