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Dr. Nesbitt named first recipient of annual award established in his honor

Williamsport, PA ―An annual award has been established that will recognize an individual in the community who shows an extraordinary commitment to caring that improves the lives of others. The Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award was developed by the Elder care law firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. Dr. Nesbitt has been chosen as the first recipient for his commitment to excellence in end of life care. Dr. Nesbitt was given his award in a surprise ceremony following a Living Wills workshop that he presented to the public on Wednesday April 16th at the Elder & Special Needs Resource Center. According to Attorney Julieanne E. Steinbacher, “This award was inspired by an appreciation for Dr Nesbitt’s work with patients and their families who are facing terminal illness. He is devoted in caring for his patients, positive in his outlook, and passionate about teaching people how to have the most personal and fulfilling end of life experience. Every year we want to give the award named for him to someone who brings an amazing commitment to caring about others.”

Dr. Nesbitt is the Medical Director of Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice. Licensed and Board certified in Family Practice, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Nesbitt is credited with bringing palliative medicine and an awareness of end of life care to the region. According to Steinbacher, “Through his work at Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, Dr. Nesbitt, and his staff, help patients and their families find their way through the experience and process of dying. Guiding patients in a way that allows truthful and important communication between the patient, family, caregivers, and medical personnel; encouraging expression of a patients personal and spiritual values—the result is an opportunity for satisfaction and dignity in the months, weeks, days, and hours before death.”

In addition to a plaque given to Dr. Nesbitt, a cash donation was made in his honor to Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice. Steinbacher,, Goodall & Yurchak have also pledged to give a portion of the fee for each living will purchased during the month of April to Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice. A reception followed the award ceremony.

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