Beba Tata named a National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

Photo of Beba Tata, Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the Year 2022

Lab colleague and Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow Beba Tata-Mbeng, Manager of Spiritual Care at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, was recently named a Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year. This award recognizes extraordinary healthcare professionals from across the country who embody the characteristics of compassionate care and whose professional achievements have helped to create healing healthcare environments for patients, families, colleagues, and communities. Up to six award recipients will be chosen by a national review committee.

As an awardee, Beba’s contributions to chaplaincy have received formal acknowledgement for her compassionate healthcare; national recognition of Mayo Clinic’s commitment to compassionate care; celebration at the Schwartz Center’s 2022 gala; and a panel conversation with her fellow recipients on the Compassion in Action webinar.

Congratulations, Beba, on this well-deserved honor as a compassionate caregiver! The full press release from the Schwartz Center can be read here and notes that

 Beba is known as an exceptional colleague who is dedicated not only to her patients — but also to her colleagues. She has developed several programs that focus on healing and compassion for both patients and staff.

Chaplain Tata-Mbeng is a previous recipient of a resilience project grant from the Lab / Henry Luce Foundation and has appeared on several webinars on healthcare chaplaincy.

From press release: About the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

Founded in 1995, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a national organization whose mission is to put compassion at the heart of healthcare through programs, education and advocacy. The challenges facing healthcare professionals on the front lines of caring for us all during this global health crisis are unprecedented. With 27 years of experience supporting, educating and training professional caregivers, COVID-19 has created an extraordinary demand for Schwartz Center programs. Since the coronavirus entered our communities, the Schwartz Center has worked with urgency to help address the mental and emotional health needs of healthcare providers during the pandemic. The Schwartz Center has nearly 600 member healthcare organizations across 45 states in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The benefits of membership extend to all staff within the member organization. There are also more than 200 healthcare organizations in the U.K. and Ireland conducting the Schwartz Rounds program through a partnership. Our evidence-informed programs and resources have proven to be versatile, sustainable and effective across diverse settings, including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, cancer centers, Veteran’s Administration medical centers, organ procurement organizations, nursing homes, hospice providers, and health insurers. Schwartz Center members rely on our offerings to support clinician mental health and well-being, enhance the quality of care, enable better outcomes and create a more positive and rewarding experience for all members of the care team, patients and their families. We partner with healthcare organizations and systems to achieve a shared vision of a world where all who seek and provide care experience compassion.