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Grand Rapids physician recognized nationally for work in palliative care

Michigan Business Network
February 22, 2019 4:00 PM

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Dr. John Mulder receives AAHPM award

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI.)  Holland Home is pleased to announce that John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC  has been recognized by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) with the 2019 Project on Death In America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award. Dr. Mulder is Medical Director of the Trillium Institute, an affiliate of Holland Home.

The award recognizes Dr. Mulder for his efforts to advance the field of palliative care in our community through distinctive mentorship and leadership, as well as his commitment to mentoring future leaders and serving as a role model for other health professionals engaged in improving the care of the dying.

Dr. Mulder is a leader in the field of palliative care and has considered improving the quality of life for his patients a matter of service for more than 30 years.  With expertise in the fields of hospice, end of life care and palliative medicine, he is a nationally recognized authority on end-of-life issues and pain management.

Dr. Mulder received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his masters and medical degrees from Wayne State University. He has received numerous awards and serves as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is also the director of the Mercy Health Grand Rapids Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. He served as Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Faith Hospice for nine years.

“John has a genuine passion for guiding patients and their loved ones through some of the most uncertain and emotional moments of their lives with grace and dignity. He walks alongside them on their journey, bringing comfort and understanding to every life he touches. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from John and feel that there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Amy Van Andel, a veteran in the field of hospice palliative care and a colleague of Dr. Mulder’s.

Steve Van Andel, Chairman of Amway, further commented, “The Grand Rapids community owes a great deal to John, not only because of his work and leadership in this area, but because of the quality of care we will all receive as a result of his mentorship of the next generation of health care providers.”

Dr. Mulder will receive his award during the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in Orlando, Florida on March 14, 2019.

About Holland Home

Founded in 1882, Holland Home of Grand Rapids is Michigan’s largest nonprofit provider of senior services and was the first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the state. Holland Home offers the full continuum of care and is one of the largest nonprofit CCRC in the nation (source: Ziegler 150). Under the Holland Home brand are two residential campuses:  Breton Woods and Raybrook. Community services include Atrio Home Care, Faith Hospice and its Trillium Woods hospice in-patient facility, Reliance Community Care Partners, Care Resources and the Trillium Institute. Holland Home employs over 1,400 people and serves more than 4,000 people daily. Holland Home’s mission is to serve with love and compassion, commit to excellence and follow Christ’s teachings and examples in all that we do.  For more information about Holland Home, please visit hollandhome.org.

About Trillium Institute
The mission of Trillium Institute is to advance the art and science of navigating how to live well, die well, and grieve well. We’re called to improve the quality of life through to the end of life. For more information about Trillium Institute, please visit trilliuminstitute.org.

About the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the only national medical specialty society for hospice and palliative medicine. Since 1988, AAHPM has supported hospice and palliative medicine through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research, and advocacy. AAHPM’s membership includes more than 5,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious illness. Learn more at aahpm.org or visit the patient website palliativedoctors.org.

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