Silver Spring, MD – The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) presented its second annual Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care last night in Washington, D.C. After a nationwide competition, a distinguished selection committee chose this year’s winners, Pat Coyne, MSN, of the Medical University of South Carolina and Meg Gaines, JD, of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Coyne was nominated by Thomas J. Smith, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Gaines was nominated by Julia H. Rowland, PhD, recently retired director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.
Named for longtime CEO of NCCS and three-time cancer survivor Ellen L. Stovall, who died in 2016, the award aims to honor her memory and advocacy by annually recognizing individuals, organizations, or other entities that are innovators in improving cancer care. Applications for the 2018 Stovall Award will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018.
“Ellen Stovall set the bar in advocacy with her determination to improve cancer care for everyone,” said NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso. “Pat Coyne and Meg Gaines have dedicated their careers to making the lives of all those diagnosed with cancer better, and each is incredibly deserving of the Stovall Award. We were honored to have an outstanding set of nominees. I want to thank our sponsors and all the individuals who submitted nominations and served on the selection committee for making this year’s award program an incredible achievement. All of us at NCCS are excited to build on this success for next year’s award.”
“Receiving this award is humbling for me knowing how hard Ellen tirelessly fought for the needs of others,” said Pat Coyne. “It is an honor to be associated with her name, and all that she stood for to put the needs of patients at the center of cancer care. We have come a long way, but so much more work remains. I sincerely appreciate Dr. Smith, the selection committee, NCCS, and all those associated with the Stovall Award for this recognition.”
“I was privileged to know Ellen Stovall, and am honored to have my work recognized by the organization she started, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship,” said Meg Gaines. “Ellen paved the way for cancer survivors across the globe; her gentle but mighty hand will be felt for generations.”
Mr. Coyne, an advanced practice nurse, has devoted his career to the advancement of the field of palliative care. He is one of the founders of ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium), which has educated more than 21,000 nurses in over 90 countries, and he has published over 100 papers on a variety of symptom management and policy issues.
Ms. Gaines is a lawyer by training, a cancer survivor, and one of the founders of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. The Center trains students in the fields of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work to provide advocacy to cancer patients. Interdisciplinary teams help cancer patients understand their diagnoses, get the information necessary to make critical treatment decisions, and support patients’ efforts to get the treatment they need.