This year’s awards went to individuals who represent two distinct areas of care: Joseph DiRienzi and Igor Tsimberg, of Medical Pathology, and Janet Dennis, a Pastoral Care volunteer.
The Kinder Side of Loss
DiRienzi and Tsimberg perform autopsies but it is the other “service” they provide -- helping grieving family members who come down to see a loved one who has passed away-- that the award recognizes. “Joe and Igor are incredibly brave and compassionate. They always go out of their way to treat each person who comes down with respect,” said Leslie Litzky, MD, director of Medical Pathology. Indeed, “the autopsy suite is a place of great dignity. What they do is exceptional. We get letters from grateful families.”