Nominations are open for the USC Choi Family Awards for Excellence in Patient-Centered Care. The prestigious awards honor exceptional physicians, nurses and staff who hold an unwavering commitment to compassionate patient care.

The awards are part of the USC Choi Family Excellence in Patient Centered Care Endowment, which was established last year by Keck Medicine of USC through a generous gift from the Choi family.

“This philanthropic partnership helps ensure the culture of service and patient advocacy that exists will be supported and enhanced now and into perpetuity,” said Rod Hanners, CEO, Keck Medical Center of USC and COO, Keck Medicine of USC.

Winners will be honored at a special dinner and ceremony in May. Each individual recipient will receive $2,000, along with an additional $2,000 for their department to be used for programs, training and activities that support and foster our culture of excellence in patient-centered care. Additionally, each recipient’s name will appear on a “perpetual plaque” installed in a place of prominence at Keck Medical Center of USC.

The Choi Family Awards are open to all health care professionals at Keck Medicine of USC. The awards are part of the Choi Family Excellence in Patient-Centered Care Endowment, which provides funding for education and training focused on compassion, empathy, advocacy and patient-centered care.

The Choi family chose to support the Keck Medicine of USC Patient Experience Department after a family member received exceptional care from Keck Hospital of USC physicians, nurses and staff.

Nomination forms can be found on the Keck Medicine of USC intranet site. Please send completed forms and scanned copies of supporting materials by March 15 to Chantal Koulloukian at

— Douglas Morino