Dr. Kevin Dieter Earns National Award from American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


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​Hospice of the Western Reserve physician Dr. Kevin Dieter of Sagamore Hills is the recipient of the 2019 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). He received the award at the AAHPM's Annual Conference in Orlando recently. Dr. Dieter is associate medical director at Hospice of the Western Reserve and directs the medical care provided at the nonprofit agency’s David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th St. in Cleveland. He is also the physician for the team that delivers hospice care in the homes of patients in Lake, Geauga and portions of eastern Cuyahoga County.

AAHPM’s membership includes more than 5,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious illness. The award recognizes a hospice medical director or hospice physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs, and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting.

“Dr. Dieter is a model hospice physician,” said Dr. Beth McLaughlin, chief medical officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve. “He’s an inspiration to all of us. We’re thrilled to have him win this prestigious national award.”

Jill Rossman, RN, is a member of the interdisciplinary team working closely with Dr. Dieter at David Simpson Hospice House. “His wealth of knowledge - along with his gifted teaching abilities - are a blessing to us, our patients and their families and the young medical students he mentors,” she said. “While managing physical symptoms, he also focuses passionately on the psychological and spiritual needs of each person to support them through their sacred journey. It's an honor to work alongside Dr. Dieter.”    

Dr. Dieter earned his Medical Degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio, in 1985, and is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Family Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM).

Prior to joining Hospice of the Western Reserve, Dr. Dieter was associate medical director for Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, and medical director of the Hospice and Palliative Care program at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. He is a clinical associate professor of Family Medicine at NEOMED, where he teaches and serves as a member of the Palliative Care Advisory Group and is a recipient of the 2012 Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Dieter has a strong interest in medical ethics, serving as a member of the Hospice of the Western Reserve ethics committee. He is a teacher and mentor for the Sacred Art of Living Center’s Anamcara program and its “Soul and Science of Caregiving” series. The nonprofit educational institute in Bend, Oregon provides workshops, retreats and certification programs focusing on the spirituality of medicine, spirituality at the end of life and personal spiritual development.

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