PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Marcella Bradway, a colorectal surgeon at Berkshire Medical Center, received the 2012 Patient-Centered Physician Award.
The award is presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.
"Dr. Bradway has earned the admiration and deep respect of all who work with her and is very deserving of this honor," said Diane Kelly, BMC chief operating officer. "She always makes time to interact with her patients, her physician colleagues and the staff, making the care and welfare of her patients the top priority."
"It is a pleasure to have her as a colleague," wrote one BMC staff member in nominating Bradway for the award. "I have approached her on numerous occasions with questions and she is always willing to talk with me. She makes rounds daily on all patients and takes the time necessary to discuss any questions or concerns, and involves the patient in planning the care. I have observed her at the bedside and her manner is top-notch. She is very gentle in tone with her patients."
The award focuses on communicating with patients and families, involving patients in health-care decisions, taking the time to talk with patients and listen to their concerns, and working collaboratively and respectfully with all other members of the care team so that everyone can do their very 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.
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