The Mary Fay Enrichment Award was the result of a bedside conversation nearly 20 years ago between the late Yousuf Karsh, then a BWH patient, his wife, Estrellita, and Mary Fay, former director of Nursing. They wondered how they could support the compassionate nurses who cared for them and who wished to explore further innovative and evidence-based solutions to complex problems they encountered in their practice.
Funded by the Karsh family, Marshall Wolf, MD, and the Department of Nursing, the Mary Fay Enrichment Award provides nurses with the opportunity to explore innovative and evidence-based solutions to complex patient and clinical problems and implement them in their clinical practice areas. By visiting other hospitals, recipients further explore and “bring their findings back to the Brigham,” where they are implemented or modified for implementation.
Since 1999, more than 140 BWH nurses have participated in more than 60 projects that have not only fostered their professional growth and development and improved the care of patients, but changed the culture of several departments.