SCCM Texas Chapter Awards

Outstanding Member Award

This recognition will be awarded to one member from each of the Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso and “Other Texas” areas for their contributions to the chapter.  Individuals on the Board of Directors or Executive Committee as well as Committee Chairs and Co-chairs are not eligible. Nominees for the Outstanding Member Award must demonstrate the following:

o     Active participation in chapter activities (committees, symposium planning, etc)

o     Active attendance at chapter meetings

o     Active attempts of recruiting new members

Submission: October 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017

Excellence in Service Award (3 categories)

This recognition will be awarded to chapter members for their contributions to critically ill and injured patients.  One award will be distributed in each of the following three areas:

o     Education

o     Clinical Practice

o     Research/Quality Improvement activities

Nominations for the Excellence in Service Award must provide specific details/examples related to the award category selected.  An individual can only be nominated for 1 category.

Submission: October 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017

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Please reach out to the awards committee ( with any questions about awards.


National SCCM Awards

Please see below for information on select national SCCM awards. Visit the SCCM website for more information on all the awards and how to apply.

Interested in applying for an award for a colleague or yourself? Reach out to the SCCM Texas Chapter for more information, and guidance in submitting your nomination. Email us at


Barry A. Shapiro Award  (Deadline: August 1)

Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the design and/or implementation of evidence-based practice which has significantly impacted clinical, operational, or fiscal outcomes within their area of responsibility. The recipient receives an honorarium of $500, a plaque, and complimentary SCCM Congress registration.


Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, sponsored by Dharmapuri Vidyasagar, MD, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), is conferred annually to recognize an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children.

The recipient receives a $500 cash award, a plaque and complimentary SCCM Critical Care Congress registration. The award is presented annually at Congress during the American College of Critical Care Medicine Convocation and SCCM Awards Ceremony.


Joseph and Rae Brown Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award recognizes an SCCM member who has significantly advanced multi-professional quality care for critically ill and injured patients at the regional or local level. The award was established to honor the Browns for their work in organizing and sustaining the Pennsylvania Society of Critical Care Medicine, which later became the Pennsylvania Chapter of SCCM. The recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque.


Norma J. Shoemaker Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Norma J. Shoemaker Award For Critical Care Nursing Excellence Award honors Norma J. Shoemaker, RN, MN, FCCM, the Society's first Executive Director. Norma Shoemaker's career as a critical care nurse and SCCM executive director spanned the decades during which critical care evolved into a recognized specialty. As SCCM's founding Executive Director, she played an instrumental role in nurturing the Society of Critical Care Medicine, which evolved from humble beginnings to a professionally respected, international multi-professional organization. To encourage excellence in critical care nursing, and in recognition of Norma Shoemaker's dedication to SCCM and critical care, the Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence was established in 1992.

The award recognizes an SCCM nurse member who demonstrates excellence in critical care clinical practice, education, and/or administration. The recipient receives $1,000 in addition to complimentary registration to the Critical Care Congress and reimbursement for airfare and hotel expenses in an amount not to exceed $1,500.


Grenvik Family Award for Ethics (Deadline: August 1)

The Grenvik Family Award for Ethics is given each year to recognize a Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member in good standing who has devoted significant efforts toward ethical problems in critical care. The award recognizes a person who promotes humanistic and ethical values in critical care.

During his last two years of life, Christer Grenvik became deeply religious and concerned with the critically and terminally ill patient’s autonomy when deciding on choice of treatment. He became particularly interested in the ethical problems of these situations and compassionate care of patients in the terminal stage. Therefore, the goals and objectives of the award are to memorialize Christer Grenvik’s great concern for these problems. Candidates are nominated through the Ethics Committee, which selects the most suitable candidate. The recipient will receive $1,000 cash, complimentary Congress registration, and a plaque, as recognition of the award, to be presented during the American College of Critical Care Medicine Convocation/SCCM Awards Presentation. No funding is provided for travel expenses.


Burchardi Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Burchardi Award, sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Anesthesiology Section, is named after Hilmar Burchardi, MD. Burchardi was a pioneer in the field, a revered teacher and founding member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, presiding over the organization from 1998 to 2000. The award was first established and presented to Burchardi in 2002 at the Critical Care Congress.  The award is presented every two years (in odd years), alternately at an SOCCA or SCCM event.


Family-Centered Care Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Society presents the Family-Centered Care Innovation Award to a unit or program that demonstrates novel, effective methods of providing care to critically ill and injured patients and their families. The awarded team will receive a commemorative plaque and one free registration to SCCM's Critical Care Congress. Up to two other teams will receive honorable mention, including recognition and a plaque.


ICU Heroes Award (Deadline: August 1)

This award recognizes that patients and families are an integral part of ICU care. The ICU Heroes Award is offered to an intensive care unit patient and family, in addition to the multi-professional team that delivered the care. The winning patient and ICU team leader will be awarded an “ICU hero” medal. The winning ICU as well as the patient’s family will receive a plaque that recognizes participation in the care and recovery of the patient. Complimentary travel and registration to SCCM’s Critical Care Congress also will be provided to select award recipients.

Safar Global Partner Award (Deadline: August 1)

The Safar Global Partner Award, sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), is awarded annually to an individual, hospital or organization that expands the global reach of SCCM. The winner will receive a plaque or crystal award.


ICU Design Citation Award (Deadline: August 15)

This award honors a critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care. Conceived to identify and recognize a critical care unit already in operation whose design demonstrates attention to both functional and humanitarian issues, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health co-sponsor this citation. The winner receives a plaque and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of each of SCCM and AACN.