Dr. Terry Stancin wins National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award
Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, MetroHealth’s Chief of Psychology and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, has won the 2018 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award.
She received the honor Thursday night in front of 1,500 attendees at the annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker presented Dr. Stancin with the National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year plaque.
The prestigious award is given annually by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. It honors caregivers “who exemplify the characteristics of compassion, which include effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, the involvement of families in healthcare decisions and treating patients as people, not just illnesses.” Hundreds of caregivers are nominated for the award.
“Tonight, I ask you, please to help us multiply compassion,” Dr. Stancin said in her acceptance speech. “Teach it. Train it. Model it. Create programs and systems that expand it to as many people as possible.”
Compassion doesn’t run out, she told the audience. It multiplies and gets passed on and on.
“My promise to you, as the recipient of this honor, is that I will do everything in my power to keep making that happen,” she said. “And my wish tonight, more than anything else, is that each of you will join me.”
“Tonight, I ask you, please to help us multiply compassion. Teach it. Train it. Model it. Create programs and systems that expand it to as many people as possible.”
During her more than 32 years at MetroHealth, Dr. Stancin has built a legacy of compassion. In addition to the stirring clinical care she provides to young patients and their families, she has seized opportunities to increase children’s access to mental-health services, especially disadvantaged and at-risk children, who make up much of MetroHealth’s patient population.
She’s launched a nationally recognized integrated pediatric care program that teams behavioral-health professionals with pediatricians directly in pediatric offices, allowing patients and families same-day access to mental-health services even if they are coming in simply for a check-up.
She’s been instrumental in the system’s expansion of mental-health services to include Cuyahoga County’s foster kids, Cleveland’s public-school students via the School Health Program, children with autism and more. Without her efforts, many of these children would simply not have access to behavioral health care.
Dr. Stancin helped launch MetroHealth’s Kidz Pride Clinic, one of the first in the nation dedicated to the unique medical and mental-health needs of transgender and gender-questioning youth. Since it opened in 2008, the multidisciplinary clinic has served hundreds of children, many traveling to Cleveland from hours away. Dr. Stancin provides face-to-face behavioral health care to many of the kids and their families.
Dr. Stancin is also a professor at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and has earned an excellent reputation as an academic mentor to health professionals across The MetroHealth System. During her tenure as director of child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry, the system has been able to train more psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurse practitioners through its federally funded professional training programs, more than doubling the team that’s providing compassionate behavioral health care.
“The Schwartz Center’s core mission of advancing compassionate health care is embodied by the work of Terry Stancin and our other National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award finalists,” said Matt Herndon, Schwartz Center CEO. “Their full-hearted commitment to patients and their families – no matter the challenge – inspires us and demonstrates the transcendent power of compassion in addressing suffering and providing care. By recognizing them, we reinforce the vital importance of compassionate care.”
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.