Catherine Deamant, M.D., of the Cook County Health and Hospitals (CCHHS) system is one of five physicians who have distinguished themselves in advancing the practice of palliative care and modeling exemplary skill and compassion at the bedside in the 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.

Each recipient has been exemplary in: medical practice, teaching and community.

Dr. Deamant is system director of Supportive and Palliative Care Services for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago and program director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She was recognized for creating a nationally recognized palliative care service in a county-funded safety-net hospital, serving patient populations that lack access to such care, including immigrants and detainees.

Under her leadership, despite tremendous financial barriers, the palliative care service conducts 850 inpatient consults a year, runs five outpatient clinics, performs home visits and trains fellows.