At one time, doctors spent more time with patients. Now, face-to-face patient time in some practices has been whittled down to just a handful of minutes. The reasons for this are usually associated with the number of patients to be seen and the number of hours in a day.
Some doctors are better than others when it comes to the doctor/patient relationship. Hospice of Central New York likes to hold a spotlight on these doctors so that they can set an example for new physicians and raise the standards for others. This is the mission of the Annual ANITA Award.
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 a life-threatening illness and to promote this understanding among physicians in training.
This award is to be presented to a physician who is attentive to his/her patients, who communicates openly, honestly and sensitively, who respects patient decisions and remains actively involved with the patient in his/her final journey.
Nomination letters for the Anita Award are solicited from people in our community who have experienced personally responsive care from their physicians. Please send your nomination by December 2nd to: Anita Award, Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool NY 13088 or email your nomination at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and phone number, and why you think this physician merits this award. The award will be presented in January of 2018
A few previous recipients are Dr. David Simon, Dr. Joseph Navone, Dr. Ajeet Gajra, Dr. Benny Wong, Dr. Michael Glowacki, Dr. Jacqueline Bays and Dr. Jesse Williams.