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Dr. Dillon Stein selected to receive 2022 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Award

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The Hastings Center and The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation are pleased to announce Dr. Dillon Stein, Director of the Division of Palliative Care at Butler Health System is one of six physicians across the country to be recognized with the prestigious Hastings Center CunniffDixon Award. The award honors clinicians for outstanding care provided to patients nearing the end of life. It is based on technical competence, personal integrity, empathic dialogue with patients, active engagement with the family and loved ones, practical and heartfelt communication regarding advance directives, and compassionate alleviation of suffering.

“It takes a very special person to counsel and guide patients and their families when a terminal disease has been diagnosed”, said Ken DeFurio, BHS President and CEO. “And for a young physician to have the empathy and skills of Dr. Stein is remarkable. The Foundation couldn’t have made a better selection.”

The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards have long recognized five outstanding physicians—a senior physician, a mid-career physician, and three early-career physicians. The year 2022 marks the addition of a sixth physician award: The Dr. Richard Payne Leadership Award to honor physicians who work with vulnerable and/or underserved populations. Dr. Stein is one of three physicians being recognized in the early-career category awards. “The award is special in many ways, but foremost it is a reflection of what can be accomplished when working together with individuals who believe in you”, said Dr. Dillon Stein.

“This recognition would not be possible without years of support from my family, my team, the health system, and the community. For that support, I am incredibly grateful.”

Dr. Dillon Stein selected to receive 2022 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Award 

The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the relationship of health care providers and patients who are near the end of life, created and funds the awards. The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decisionmaking, cosponsors the awards.