Dr. Laura Iglesias Lino, Medical Director for Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Baystate Brightwood Health Center/Centro de Salud and Associate Medical Director for Hospice at Baystate Medical Center, received the 2016 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for Practicing Doctors award at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in May 2016.
This award honors a practicing physician who best demonstrates the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being.
demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care
displays competence in scientific endeavors
shows respect for patients, families and co-workers
demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds
displays effective, empathic communication and listening skills
understands a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to ensure patient comprehension
understands and shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint
is sensitive to the patient’s psychological well-being; and identifies emotional concerns of patients and family members
engenders trust and confidence
“Dr. Iglesias Lino has played a critical role in care planning for vulnerable older adults in her community, a key area of focus for the AGS,” said AGS President Steven R. Counsell, MD, AGSF. “Colleagues recognize Dr. Iglesias Lino’s commitment to embracing the network of friends, family, and caregivers who are vital contributors to the care continuum. This is something at the heart of an award for recognizing compassionate clinician leaders.”
Dr. Iglesias Lino, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, has dedicated her career to interweaving geriatrics and palliative care to improve older adult health. She works with some of the Springfield community’s most disenfranchised elders, serving as a link to healthcare resources for Latino, Ukrainian, Moldavian, and Russian older adults.
Dr. Iglesias Lino has developed a program at the health center where she works to improve the quality of care delivered to the frailest patients with dementia.