Global Partnership Award Winners

The Global Partnership Award is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of a U.S. Partner that went above and beyond the expectations of a partnership. The award winner is selected annually based on creativity in fundraising, partner collaboration, staff contribution and commitment, and community outreach and involvement. The award comes with a $500 donation to the African hospice partner and the winner is recognized at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual Management and Leadership Conference. 

The previous award winners are featured here.

2016 Global Partnership Award: Susquehanna  Home Care & Hospice with Shirati Hospital Palliative Care of Tanzania

The sixth annual Global Partnership Award was presented to Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and their Tanzanian partner, Shirati Hospital Palliative Care at a lunch attended by conference attendees. Staff from both organizations regularly shared patient stories, photos and program highlights throughout the year. Over $15,000 was sent directly to Shirati to support their organization’s needs. Susquehanna also hosted Nurse Dorothy from Shirati and during her visit she met with staff, several health systems and community groups.

“At Susquehanna Health, we are honored and thrilled to receive this award,” says Susquehanna Medical Director, Dr. Alexander R. Nesbitt. “The partnership with Shirati has helped us to be inspired and motivated in what we do and to think differently about healthcare, community, and community wide collaboration. It has also allowed us to engage many in our community in the importance of hospice and palliative care work here and around the world.”

“When we were seeking a partnership through Global Partners in Care, we requested to be joined with a program similar to ours – one that served a rural area and was faith based,” says Susquehanna Medical Social Worker, Allison R. Brion. “As soon as we learned of Shirati, we knew the partnership was meant to be.”

2015 Global Partnership Award: Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of New Jersey and Kawempe Home Care of Uganda

The fifth annual Global Partnership Award was presented to Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of New Jersey and Kawempe Home Care of Uganda. Samaritan says that this partnership has provided new avenues for staff and volunteers to engage with each other and in the community.  

“Samaritan feels both elated and humbled to be chosen for the 2015 Global Partnership Award from the 80 U.S. hospices which have chosen to share resources, expertise, and friendship with a sister hospice across the globe,” says Samaritan President and CEO, Mary Ann Boccolini.  “On behalf of all those hospices, we welcome the opportunity to participate more fully in our global village.”

“The future of the partnership is really very bright, we have set up programs for medical education, resources mobilization and education support for orphans and vulnerable children,” says Executive Director of Kawempe Home Care, Dr. Samuel Guma.  “These programs will strengthen our palliative care program and the overall development of the organization.”

2014 Global Partnership Award: Gilchrist Hospice Care with Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital Palliative Care Program of Tanzania

The fourth annual Global Partnership Award was presented to Gilchrist Hospice Care of Hunt Bend, Maryland and Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital Palliative Care Program of Tanzania. Gilchrist excelled in their outreach efforts and raised over $87,000 in 2013 through a variety of staff and community events and fundraising initiatives.

“This partnership has made us a better hospice,” says Catherine Hamel, Executive Director of Gilchrist Hospice Care. “Through our partnership with Nkoaranga, we have learned the meaning of humility and grace. We are reminded of how powerful it is to make the most of everything we have and how little we actually need to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.”

2013 Global Partnership Award: Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation of Indiana with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda 

The third annual Global Partnership Award was presented to Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation (CHC/HF) of South Bend, Indiana and Palliative Care Association of Uganda. Center CHC/HF, which raised over $25,000 in 2012, partners with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). 

“Our Global Partners in Care partnership has been rewarding and meaningful for our staff, our board and our volunteers. It has been our privilege to be partnered with PCAU. But it’s so much more than a partnership. For us, faraway places have come closer, the planet has become smaller, and our own hospice family has grown in the best ways possible,” said Mark Murray, president and CEO of CHC/HF. 

2012 Global Partnership Award: The Denver Hospice with Selian Lutheran Hospice, and The Community Hospice with Island Hospice and Bereavement Service, and South Coast Hospice and Tapologo Hospice 

The second annual Global Partnership Award recognized two outstanding partnership efforts: 1) The Denver Hospice in Colorado partnered with Selian Lutheran Hospice in Tanzania, and 2) The Community Hospice in New York partnered with Island Hospice & Bereavement Service in Zimbabwe and South Coast Hospice and Tapologo Hospice in South Africa. 

  • The Denver Hospice and Selian Lutheran Hospice: The Denver Hospice partners with Selian Lutheran Hospice in Tanzania. In 2011, The Denver Hospice and Selian Lutheran Hospice focused their partnership efforts on the growth and development of Selian Lutheran Hospice’s pediatric care programs, initiated by a visit from a nurse and social worker from The Denver Hospice. 

“Our 10-year partnership with Selian Lutheran Hospice has been one of the most profound undertakings of our organization. We have gained much love, wisdom and joy from our experiences with the Selian staff and community. Our employees are enriched by this mission that knows no borders,” said Bev Sloan, president and CEO of The Denver Hospice.

  • The Community Hospice, of Rensselaer, NY, partnered with Island Hospice and Bereavement Service, South Coast Hospice, and Tapologo Hospice: The Community Hospice, which raised nearly $80,000, partners with three African hospice programs: Island Hospice & Bereavement Service in Zimbabwe and South Coast Hospice and Tapologo Hospice in South Africa. 

“It’s a profound privilege to help people help themselves. We’re all in this together, and there’s real need in sub-Saharan Africa, but focusing on the despair would be missing the point. We need to focus on the living and the hope and the real spirit of the people, which has inspired us all,” said Ron Watson, CEO of The Community Hospice. 

2011 Global Partnership Award: Suncoast Hospice with Hospice of the Witwatersrand

Global Partners in Care presented the first Global Partnership Award to Suncoast Hospice and their partner, Hospice of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. 

“It is very clear that hospices programs in the U.S. and their counterparts in Africa take their partnerships very seriously and work hard to make them meaningful and valuable,” said John Mastrojohn, Executive Director, Global Partners in Care . “The selection committee was deeply impressed with the sheer depth and breadth of the joint activities of the Suncoast and Witwatersrand partnership.”