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Orme Partnership Award

The Harry Orme, MD Partnership Award was established in 2013 to recognize a Patient Family Advisor and Healthcare Professional team whose authentic partnership has resulted in authentic patient family centered care practice and culture.

About Dr. Harry Orme
Dr. Harry Orme, or “Huggable Harry” as he is affectionately referred to, served as the founding Medical Director at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Orme valued the contribution and engagement of the families of the children he treated, always greeting everyone he encountered with warmth, setting the stage for a respectful partnership. As Medical Director, Dr. Orme created a culture of respect, dignity, and support and embodied the provider-patient partnership. In his retirement, Dr. Orme remains a steadfast supporter of Patient Family Centered Care practice. To honor his vision, leadership, and commitment, the Orme Partnership Award was established at this conference in 2013.
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Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of PFCC practice experts and evaluated on the criteria below. Selections will be announced early December 2018. Awardees will be recognized at the 2019 PFCC Conference in Los Angeles, CA February 4, 2019at the California Endowment Center. Recipients are encouraged to attend.

Achievement Criteria: Within the last 3 years

1. Nominees should demonstrate active partnership in co-design of improvement efforts in healthcare.

2. Nominees may represent hospitals, community-based healthcare organizations and/or policy and research efforts.

3. Nominees should be reflective of an established relationship, formal or informal, based on authentic collaboration and mutual respect, with the goal of improving health care for patients and families served at the organization.

Past Orme Partnership Award Recipients


Bryant Campbell, PFA and Doug Niehus, MD from Providence Medical Group in Oregon and Southwest Washington.


David Andrews, Patient Family Advisor, Erica Steed, Manager Patient Family Engagement, Bernard Roberson, Administrative Director of PFCC and Nicole Boatwright, GRHealth.


Zelia De Sousa, PFAC Chair and Annette Mercurio, MPH, MCHES Director of Programs Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte CA.


Alice Gunderson, PFAC Co Chair, City of Hope and MaryLynne Knighten, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood CA.

  1. Kelly M Cason permalink

    I enjoy being a part of the wonderful improvements here at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Being a 3 time survivor using my time as an advisor has helped with my personal healing and growth. I fill driven to assist institution anyway possible!

    • Your efforts have driven great change, under strong leadership and passionate clinicians! Congratulations on your efforts!

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