There is a growing recognition that health care encompasses the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

Since 1986 HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has presented the annual Wholeness of Life award to three groups – prominent members of the community and others for lifetime achievement and those at health care institution recognized for their years of providing compassionate care for patients coping with a life-changing health event.

All three groups are honored at our annual November gala in the ballroom of the elegant Mandarin Oriental hotel in Manhattan.

In addition, patient care awardees are honored at ceremonies at their health care institutions.

Any patient-care professional (other than a chaplain) is eligible to be honored who:

  • Demonstrates respect for human beings as whole persons in treatment of patients, their loved ones, and staff colleagues.
  • Practices health care with an appreciation for the interrelated functioning of body, mind, and spirit in illness and recovery or rehabilitation, and is concerned that these factors be known and addressed in treatment.
  • Realizes and models the importance of promoting teamwork among various disciplines, believing that wholeness in professional relationships can help maximize wholeness in those under care.
  • Embodies a substantial degree of wholeness in striving for a balance of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in personal and professional life.