Wednesday, March 6, 2019

O'Malley receives inaugural Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award

Patricia O'Malley, MD, with MGHfC
Pictured, from left: Blyth Taylor Lord, founder and executive director of Courageous Parents Network; O’Malley; Brian Potts, Ilene Beal Foundation trustee; Ron Kleinman, MD, Physician-in-Chief at MGHfC; and David Vaughn, Ilene Beal Foundation trustee.

Patricia O’Malley, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Service, has received the inaugural Ilene Beal Courageous Provider Award. The award recognizes a pediatric provider who provides exceptional family-centered care in circumstances of serious childhood illness, and who demonstrates qualities of compassion, empathy and an ability to accompany families during difficult phases of the illness journey.

The award committee cited O’Malley’s “dedication to seeing and treating the family unit with an eye to alleviating the physical and emotional pain, fear and isolation common to so many facing lifespan-limiting pediatric illness. The powerful combination of Pat O’Malley’s clinical acumen and sensitivity to the child’s and family’s needs promotes hope and courage, having a powerful impact under extraordinary, almost unthinkable, circumstances.”

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