CONWAY, SC– Charles G. Sasser, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, director of palliative care services at Conway Medical Center was named a recipient of the 2013 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award.  This award is given to those physicians who have distinguished themselves in caring for patients near the end of life.

“The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards are in their fourth year, and the winners continue to exemplify excellence in doctoring for people with advanced illness, said Richard Payne, M.D., Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and a member of the selection committee. “They serve as beacons in their communities by being role models of quality comprehensive care.”

Dr. Sasser was one of five physicians in the U.S. to receive this award and was given the honor in the senior award category.  Dr. Sasser has been with CMC for 38 years.  As a pioneer in palliative care, he has been a model and mentor to generations of palliative care providers. Under his leadership, CMC established the first interdisciplinary team for palliative care services in South Carolina – a team that included nurses, social workers, pastors, and physicians. Colleagues praise the value he places on doctor-patient discussions and his mentorship of colleagues from all specialties and practices of medicine.

One member of CMC’s palliative care team says, “Dr. Sasser has been a hero to thousands throughout his lengthy career. Not because he is known to provide his patients with miraculous cures, but because he has never failed to recognize each patient he has encountered with the utmost respect, and has treated each life as the unique, incredibly special gift that it is.”

The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life, funds the awards. The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making, administers the awards in collaboration with The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, which oversees the selection process.

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