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Mary Jane Koren Named 2010 Terrance Keenan Award Winner

Grant Makers Health


November 17, 2009-- Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is pleased to announce that Mary Jane Koren, M.D., M.P.H., assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, has been named the 2010 recipient of The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

Dr. Koren has committed nearly 30 years of work to improving the quality of institutional long-term care, a focus area that faces considerable challenges and is often overlooked by the broader field of health philanthropy. Her transformative efforts on behalf of vulnerable communities—the elderly and the disabled—have served as a "beacon to the industry" and have engaged researchers and policymakers, according to her nominators. She approaches her work with integrity, persistence and passion.

"What makes her an outstanding grantmaker is her ability to integrate many areas of expertise—clinician, collaborator, health services researcher, state regulator, and a grantee herself—and apply that expertise in a sustained and successful effort to improve care in nursing homes," stated her nominating colleagues. "She couples her drive and expertise with a view that she is a student of the art of grantmaking. She continually learns from past efforts, colleagues and the field, and is a role model for health grantmakers."

Her colleagues further describe Dr. Koren as someone "who personifies how a grantmaker should work in partnership to promote positive change. But arguably her most important contribution to effectiveness is her self-reflection. If something does not work, she focuses on culling the lessons learned. These important learning opportunities can have tremendous impact in refining the development of future efforts."

Dr. Koren's expertise as a clinician and geriatrician and her influence as a grantmaker have cultivated high-impact and sustained initiatives, including Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a national campaign that is the largest and first coalition of its kind to measure quality by setting clinical and organizational goals for nursing homes.

The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award honors outstanding individuals in health philanthropy whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement. GIH established the award in 1993 in honor of Terrance Keenan whose 40 years in health grantmaking inspired commitment, creativity, and risk taking.

Dr. Koren will be honored at the 2010 GIH annual meeting, March 10-12, in Orlando, Florida.

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