Anthony Vigliotti, M.D., a family practitioner from Chittenango, received his 2018 Anita Award on January 23rd. Dr. Vigliotti specializes in hospice and palliative medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and works part-time here at Hospice. His nomination was submitted by a social worker from St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Anita Award was established at Hospice in 1998 by friends and family in memory of Anita Stockman. Its purpose is to heighten awareness of the importance of physician communication and support to patients and their families facing life-threatening illness and to promote this understanding among physicians in training. Nomination letters for the Anita Award are solicited from people in our community who have witnessed outstanding care from a physician.
St. Joseph’s social worker, Brendan Tanner wrote in her nomination letter: “I have participated in hundreds of family meetings with him and can personally attest to his compassion, kindness practitioner and willingness to listen (often to those who never had someone show interest in them and their stories). Dr. Vigliotti sits down and listens with his ears, mind and heart to patients and their families who struggle with new diagnoses, understanding the medical-ese that they are bombarded with, reviewing options they have, and making very difficult decisions.