From left: Laura Ferrio, chief advancement officer and president, Keystone Board; Joanne Smith, MD, president and CEO; and David G. Kabiller

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When David G. Kabiller’s parents were patients at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, he saw firsthand the importance of human connection to the quality of recovery.

Now, Kabiller, the co-founder of AQR Capital Management, is establishing the Kabiller Humanitarian Prize, an annual award to be conferred upon exceptional SRAlab employees who personify our organization’s uniquely compassionate culture.

What Is the Kabiller Humanitarian Prize?

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In addition to receiving a cash prize, winners will be named Kabiller Fellows and will be inducted into the Kabiller Humanitarian Society, a special cohort of employees who will be empowered to set and execute humanitarian goals that help advance the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab mission.

“The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab attracts and retains the top physicians, nurses, scientists, therapists and leaders in the field,” said Kabiller. “Even more importantly, the organization hires employees who are committed to improving the lives of others and who find their own identity, purpose and joy in caring for others. I’ve personally benefited from this culture of humanitarianism and that experience sparked the idea to help ensure that this culture is protected and fostered as the organization continues to grow.”    

Twenty-five percent of SRAlab team members have been hired within the last year. This prize will encourage mentorship between veteran and new employees, highlighting the central importance of human connection to the quality of recovery.

“David’s generous gift comes at a perfect time in our organization’s journey,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO. “We hire only the cream of the crop in medicine and science, but we also recruit — throughout all levels and functions in the organization — for the very best human beings. David’s gift honors our team members and helps ensure that we preserve forever this precious culture of caring.”

Details about nomination procedures and timelines are forthcoming, and winners will be announced at the 2019 Spark! signature event.

(In photo, from left: Laura Ferrio, chief advancement officer and president, Keystone Board; Joanne Smith, MD, president and CEO; and David G. Kabiller)

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