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Doctor wins national award

March 25, 2019
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John Mulder
John Mulder. Courtesy Holland Home

A local doctor has won a national award for his work in the palliative field.

Dr. John Mulder won the 2019 Project on Death In America Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Mulder is medical director of Grand Rapids-based Trillium Institute, a Holland Home affiliate that develops ways to care for patients with serious illnesses, as well as an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the Mercy Health Grand Rapids Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

He was also VP of medical services and medical director at Faith Hospice for nine years.

Mulder has been practicing for more than 30 years in the fields of hospice, end-of-life care and palliative medicine.

The award recognizes Mulder for his leadership in advancing the field of palliative care, 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.

“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,” said Amy Van Andel, a veteran in the field and colleague of Mulder’s.

“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.”

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