The Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey (GOCCNJ) awarded Marianne Holler, MSW, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer of the VNA Health Group for Hospice, Palliative Medicine, and the Parker Advanced Care Institute with the David LaMotte Award for Excellence in Patient Support. This prestigious award, established by GOCCNJ in honor of long-time Board Member, David LaMotte, acknowledges individuals whose support for patients and families reflects the belief that listening is a learned skill essential to patient-centered care and the work of healing.
Dr. Holler is highly regarded as a trusted clinician who skillfully navigates goals of care conversations and then helps patients and families make decisions about their care that align with their stated goals and values. She knows that it is only through this personalized exchange that providers and patients can co-create authentic, viable care plans.
“Receiving this award is an honor for me personally, but most importantly, it provides an opportunity for us to encourage one another to speak openly and honestly with family and friends about the type of care they would and would not want to receive in the event of a medical emergency,” said Dr. Holler.
To recognize Dr. Holler and her commitment to educating health professionals, patients and families about the importance of discussing goals of care and the value of shared decision-making, you are invited to make a tax-free donation in her honor. Your donation will support GOCCNJ’s ongoing efforts to increase access to advance care planning, palliative and end-of-life care services for people in NJ living with serious illness.
David LaMotte has retired as a GOCCNJ board member after serving from the early years of the organization until June 2021. To honor his outstanding support of patients in NJ with serious illness, we created the David LaMotte Award for Excellence in Patient Support. While David is the inaugural recipient, this award will be given annually to a member of our coalition whose support for patients and families reflects the belief that listening is a learned skill essential to patient-centered care and the work of healing. To nominate an individual, please contact us.