The Lily Kravitz Nursing Studies Award was established in 1995 by Dr. Arthur Kravitz in memory of his mother, Lily Kravitz. In 2002, the award was further funded from the estate of former BWH patient, Mr. David Coe, who wished to acknowledge the expert nursing care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This award provides financial support for nursing studies that contribute to the art and the science of nursing practice.
In a health care environment challenged by an ever-growing body of knowledge and advancing technology, the essential importance of compassionate, nurturing care cannot be overlooked. Nurses have their greatest opportunities to improve the health and wholeness of their patients when they practice in a professional environment where scholarly inquiry and innovation are encouraged and supported.
Since its inception, the award has funded the scholarly and clinical work of more than 80 individuals participating in 25 research projects. Topics range from clinical outcomes related to the administration of pasteurized donor human milk in very low birth weight infants, to intraoperative chemotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. BWH provides the environment and the Lily Kravitz Award provides the motivation to improve and perfect excellence in nursing care.