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Dr. Hafez Alsmaan Honored with Patient-Centered Physician Award

PITTSFIELD — Dr. Hafez Alsmaan, a pulmonary and critical-care specialist at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC), has been recognized with the 2016 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.

“Dr. Alsmaan has brought a powerful spirit to the hospital, and his heart and soul belong to his patients, their families, and his colleagues at BMC,” said Diane Kelly, chief operating officer. “He is the kind of physician who leaves a lasting mark on all who are in his care. It is his life’s work, his passion, and his vocation. A patient never forgets a physician who demonstrates respect and who answers their questions thoroughly and honestly, who soothes their fears and anxieties, who offers both physician comfort and emotional support. Dr. Alsmaan is such a physician, and we are proud he is part of Berkshire Medical Center.”

The staff of BMC submitted nominations for the award. They chose to honor Alsmaan based on his actions as a role model and physician leader who demonstrates caring through quality interactions with others. The award focuses on communicating with patients and families, involving patients in healthcare decisions, taking the time to talk with patients and listen to their concerns, and working collaboratively and respectfully with other members of the care team so that everyone can do their best in addressing patient-care issues. These behaviors exemplify a growing philosophical belief that all care activities must be centered around the patients’ needs, rather than hospital or individual routines and schedules.

The Patient-Centered Physician Award is presented each year in conjunction with National Doctors Day. Previous recipients of the award are Drs. Robert Wespiser, Richard Perera, Todd Lasner, Ronald Hayden, Paula Aucoin, Andrew Beckwith, Wade Gebara, Rocco Iannucci, Marcella Bradway, William DeMarco, Michael McHugh, and Michael DeLeo.