GLOVERSVILLE- David Pilliod, the director of pastoral care at St. Mary's Healthcare, was recognized as the recipient of the Gregory R. Hoye Award at the annual Mountain Valley Hospice Appreciation Dinner on Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown.
The award is given each year by Mountain Valley Hospice and the Hoye family to "a person who has demonstrated sensitive and compassionate care to the needs of patients and families dealing with a life-limiting illness," a news release said.
Pilliod has been the director of pastoral care for the past 11 years and is one of the founding members of the palliative care team at SMH, the release said.
David Pilliod is given the Hoye Award by Anna Marie Hoye.
"[Pilliod] has the unique ability to understand both the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families because of his background as both a Roman Catholic priest and a social worker," the release said.
Other awards presented at the dinner included the Excellence Award, which was given to Clayton Sitterly "for his commitment and dedication to Mountain Valley Hospice," the release said.
The Rev. Dr. R.W. Williams also was recognized for serving as the chaplain of the hospice for 20 years.
Nominees for the Hoye Award are submitted by business and community partners, the release said.
Other nominees for the 2012 Hoye Award were: Tasha Blowers, registered nurse at Liberty ARC; Amy Courtoies, social worker at St. Mary's Healthcare; Susan Frasier, registered nurse and chief operating officer at Mountain Valley Hospice; Jolene Klaas, licensed practical nurse at Mountain Valley Hospice; Judy Pepper, home health aide at Mountain Valley Hospice, Glenna Simonds, food services director at Pineview Commons, Cindy Sparks, registered nurse at Nathan Littauer Hospital, and Williams.