Emergency Department nurse receives Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Award for Exceptional Service

During the Boston Juneteenth Committee and National Center of Afro-American Artists’ 13th annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Emergency Department nurse Anthony Gray, MSN, RN, was awarded the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Award for Exceptional Service.

The award is one of two given to outstanding emerging leaders in the Boston community who have, by their example, demonstrated a commitment to building positive futures for youth in our communities. Gray was chosen for the award in part for his commitment to patient care, but more importantly for how he has made his own life a model of self-improvement and redirection. He is the author of A Soul to Care: A Blessing that Came from Trouble, a memoir in which Gray recounts his upbringing and the influences that led him on the path to a career in healthcare. His award was given in praise for the important lesson he offers young men who have not yet found a productive footing that would let them realize their potential and harness their futures.

“I am honored to receive the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Award for Exceptional Service,” says Gray. “I am honestly speechless. All I can think about is my Granny telling me over 20 years ago that God has something for me to do. I never thought that my journey of change would be an inspiration to others. I only wanted to break the cycle of normalizing of prison and young death as a reality to my community.”

To learn more about Ralph Browne Jr. and his contributions to the community, click here.

Anthony Gray carrying a small boy while accepting his award
Gray accepts his Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Award for Exceptional Service at the 13th annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance

Anthony Gray standing with Ms. Maida and Kathy Gill and Robin Norberg.
At the event, Gray was supported by a former colleague from New England Baptist Hospital, Ms. Maida (left) and colleagues from the BWFH ED, Kathy Gill (center right) and Robin Norberg (right).

Published 6/21/23

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