Dr. David Simon a primary care internal medicine physician with Family Care Medical Group at SUNY Upstate Hospital Community Campus accepted the 2016 Anita Award.
Dr. Simon was trained at the New York University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Medicine. Marie Whitham, who lost her father in April of 2016, nominated Dr. Simon for his “unwavering care and compassion”. William Whitham was a long time patient of David Simon. Ms. Whitham said, “ while dad was only on hospice care for two weeks, Dr. Simon stayed with him and us every step of the way. He helped us make decisions that were difficult, but we’re in the best interest of keeping my dad comfortable.”
Hospice of Central New York seeks public nominations for the annual Anita Award, which recognizes a local physician for excellence in the care of patients with an incurable illness. 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 amongst physicians in training.
The award is 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.