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American Journal of Nursing
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August 2, 2012
Diagnostico-Brazilian healthcare magazine
June 16, 2012
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National Public Radio
May 24, 2012
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May 23, 2012
By Putting Patients First, Hospital Tries to Make Care More Personal
National Public Radio
Food So Fresh, Even the Health Come to Dine
The Boston Globe
March 21, 2012
Diagnostico (Brazilian health magazine)
The New York Times
January 10, 2012
Project Puts Records in Patients’ Hands
PPS Alert for Long Term Care
February 2012, Vol. 15, No. 2
Health Facilities Management
August 10, 2011
Hospitals Adding R&R Treatment to Plan
June 13, 2011
Empowering the Patient
Raising the Bar on Quality
May 27, 2011
Culture Ideas That Work
HFM-Healthcare Financial Management
Recent Press Releases
January 31, 2013–NPP has named Susan Frampton, PhD, president of Planetree, as the new co-chair of the group. Dr. Frampton has worked for over ten years with Planetree, a not-for-profit advocacy, consultation, and membership organization.
Designation Is the Only Program of Its Kind to Recognize Person-Centeredness
Across the Continuum of Care
December 5, 2012—In 2012 six new hospitals have been named Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals: Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (São Paulo, Brazil), Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego, California), Barton County Memorial Hospital (Lamar, Missouri), Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Elmhurst, Illinois), Stamford Hospital (Stamford, Connecticut), and Spectrum Health Reed City (Reed City, Michigan). In addition, three sites in The Netherlands achieved Designation: two long-term care communities, Woonzorgcentrum Archipel (Zorggroep Almere) and De Markt, Rivas as well as Gezondheidscentrum Notekraker (Zorggroep Almere) which is the first primary care center in the world to achieve Designation.
October 24, 2012—Planetree has honored extraordinary achievements in patient-centered care at its 2012 Spirit of Planetree Awards and is pleased to announce that Picker Institute Executive Director Lucile O. Hanscom has received the 2012 Patient-Centered Care Visionary Leadership Award. “Lucile has spent the past 11 years of her career dedicated to fostering a broader understanding of the theoretical and practical changes needed to facilitate a more patient-centered approach to healthcare, with a focus on the concerns of patients and other healthcare consumers. She has served on the Planetree Board of Directors and has partnered with Planetree on several important projects including the Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide, the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide, and most recently the Harvey Picker Center for Innovation and Applied Research,” said Planetree President Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D. “She is most deserving to receive this award for patient-centered leadership.”
September 4, 2012—Planetree and the Picker Institute share a remarkably similar vision for a healthcare system that integrates the patient perspective into every aspect of care, and the two organizations have a long-standing history of collaboration. The latest partnership endeavor is the formation of the Harvey Picker Center of Innovation and Applied Research and Program in Long-Term Care, to be developed through matching funds contributed by Planetree combined with funding from the Picker Institute. The goal is to develop an international hub of research and education with a core focus on identifying and disseminating innovative practices in person-centered long -term care which comes at a crucial time when the demands of health care reform require rapid deployment of innovative, person-centered practices. A vital priority for the Center will be to assist leaders with translating evidence-based knowledge to practice in support of sustainable practice improvement for residents, family, and staff across long-term care settings.
Longest running international conference about patient-centered care
Derby, Conn., May 8, 2012— Founded by a patient more than 30 years ago, Planetree has since developed the most comprehensive model of patient-/resident-centered care based upon thousands of focus groups with patients, families and staff. Building upon these core concepts, today Planetree is a collaborative, global community of health care organizations, innovating new solutions in the best interest of patients as well as caregivers. Many of these innovations will be shared during dynamic, interactive workshops at the 2012 Planetree Annual Conference, September 30-October 3, in Palm Desert, California, at the J.W. Marriott.
Each year the Planetree Annual Conference brings together caregivers across the care continuum—CEOs, physicians, long-term care specialists, academics, patient advocates, nurses, executives, Veterans Affairs administrators, and many others—committed to the implementation of patient- and resident-centered approaches that activate patients and families to engage in their care plans. These international health care leaders not only inspire innovation, but share practical tactics for implementation of patient and family engagement strategies such as care partners, open medical records, and bedside shift reporting. On the first day of the conference, Sunday, September 30, Planetree affiliates and conference hosts Loma Linda University Health System, Sharp Memorial Hospital and VA San Diego Health System will showcase their healing environments during site tours giving participants a first-hand experience of Planetree healing environments and programs.
The four-day conference will feature several distinguished keynote speakers, including;
- Caroline Casey, “Who Says We Can’t: Looking Past Limits.” International leader, founder of Kanchi organization, who is changing attitudes of disability.
- Dr. Michio Kaku “Predicting the Future of Healthcare.” One of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world.
- Zonya Foco,RD, CSP, “Conviction Over Convenience: Staying Healthy in a Culture That’s Anything But!”
- Mark Sanborn, “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference.” Author of the best-selling “The Fred Factor” and one of the top 30 leadership experts in the world
- Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC, “The Heartbeat of Healthcare.” Renowned for her published studies on the scientific benefits of group drumming
Derby, Conn, January 24, 2012.— Planetree has launched a multi-year pilot to begin the process of testing its Planetree Designation criteria to reflect the priorities of those who live and work in continuing care settings. Designation is aligned with empirical evidence supporting person-centered care as well as the reported experiences and preferences of residents/patients, families and caregivers. With the support of the Commonwealth Fund, a collaborative of organizations, including My Innerview, the IDEAS Institute, the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, and Planetree developed the Designation program’s criteria and measurement tools to assess performance of person-centered excellence. Literature review led to identification of gaps, resulting in the creation of additional Designation criteria.
CAMA Inc., Aesthetics Inc., and The Design Partnership
Derby, Conn., December 8, 2011—The firms were honored at the 2011 Annual Conference in Nashville, October 30-November 2. This recognition establishes these firms as specialists in evidence-based health care design following the Planetree philosophy and its core components of healing design; such as welcoming a patient’s family and friends, valuing human beings over technology, enabling patients to fully participate as care partners and fostering a connection to nature and beauty.
Planetree Senior Vice President, Randall Carter, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Derby, Conn., November 25, 2011—Planetree has honored extraordinary achievements in patient-centered care at its 2011 Spirit of Planetree Awards and is pleased to announce that Planetree Senior Vice President Randall Carter has received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. “Randy has spent the last 20 years of his career dedicated to Planetree, first as a member of the administrative team of the first community hospital to adopt the model and for the last decade as a member of Planetree’s core staff. He has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to the spirit and intention of the Planetree philosophy of personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the patient care experience,” said Planetree President Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D.
Derby, Conn., November 21, 2011—Three new U.S. hospitals–Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy (North Carolina), Kadlec Regional Medical Center (Washington), New York Presbyterian-Westchester (New York)– have been named Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals. New York Presbyterian is the first behavioral health center to be designated. Delnor Hospital (Illinois), Mid-Columbia Medical Center (Oregon) and Griffin Hospital (Connecticut) were re-designated this year since designation is granted for a three-year team and then re-assessed.
Global Leaders in Patient-Centered Care Will Share Innovations in Patient Activation and Patient Experience
at 2011 Planetree Annual Conference
Derby, Conn., August 3, 2011—Founded by a patient more than 30 years ago, Planetree has since developed the most comprehensive model of patient-/resident-centered care based upon thousands of focus groups with patients, families and staff. Building upon these core concepts, today Planetree is a collaborative, global community of health care organizations, innovating new solutions in the best interest of patients as well as caregivers. Many of these innovations will be shared at the 2011 Planetree Annual Conference, October 30-November 2, in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland.
Derby, Conn., May 10, 2011—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected Planetree to collaborate with the new VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation in the development of the VA’s own patient-centered care model for Veterans who receive health care services at VA’s more than 1,000 points of care across the nation. Founded in 1978, Planetree is an internationally recognized leader in developing and implementing patient-centered care practices, utilizing a comprehensive model and philosophy. “VHA is launching a transformational effort to provide patient-centered care as a key part of its commitment to excellence in serving Veterans,” said Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Director of the newly established VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. “We are especially pleased to partner with Planetree to implement patient-centered care throughout the VHA health care system.”
Derby, Conn., February 16, 2011—Planetree, in partnership with Picker Institute, recently published the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide, a free resource available to download as a PDF. Now the Guide has its own website, www.residentcenteredcare.org. The Guide is a first of its kind compendium of innovations and approaches for transforming the culture of long-term care communities to be more resident-directed and relationship-centered. The featured practices and processes for organizational change span all models of culture change, (including Planetree, Eden Alternative, Wellspring and Green House) and apply across the long-term care continuum. The website is easy to navigate and showcases the Guide chapter by chapter, allowing users to pinpoint specific information. Users can also access a variety of practical tools such as sample policies, job descriptions, and evaluation tools utilized by continuing care communities that are effectively implementing culture change.
Health Care Organizations Worldwide Honored with Planetree Designation During 2010 Planetree Annual Conference
Derby, Conn., October 28, 2010—Longmont United Hospital (Colorado) and Flevozikienhuis (The Netherlands) have been named Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospitals. Designation is awarded for a three year term. Fauquier Hospital (Virginia), Northern Westchester Hospital (New York), Sharp Coronado Hospital (California) and Valley View Hospital (Colorado) were awarded re-designation this year in recognition of sustained excellence in the delivery of patient-centered care. Designated hospitals are also recognized by The Joint Commission on its Quality Check Web site, www.qualitycheck.org, a resource created to help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for their health care.
Planetree Honors Extraordinary Achievements in patient-Centered Care During 2010 Spirit of Planetree Awards
Vice President of Patient Care Services at Good Samaritan Hospital, Carol Wahl, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Derby, Conn., October 27, 2010—Planetree has honored extraordinary achievements in patient-centered care at its 2010 Spirit of Planetree Awards and is pleased to announce that Vice President of Patient Care Services at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebr, Carol Wahl has received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. “During her tenure on the Planetree Board of Directors, Carol assisted in generating several new initiatives to shape the future of Planetree on a global basis. Her expertise is particularly valuable as a member of the advisory council overseeing the Planetree Designation program,” said Planetree President Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D..
Two Architecture and Design Firms Certified by Planetree Visionary Design Network
Derby, Conn.— Planetree has certified two architecture and design firms as part of the new Planetree Visionary Design Network:
• S/L/A/M Collaborative
• Boulder Associates
The firms were honored at the 2010 Annual Conference in Denver, October 5-8.
This recognition establishes these firms as specialists in evidence-based health care design following the Planetree philosophy and its core components of healing design; such as welcoming a patient’s family and friends, valuing human beings over technology, enabling patients to fully participate as care partners and fostering a connection to nature and beauty.
Health Care Organizations Focus on Improving Patient Communication during 4th Annual Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month in October
Planetree offers free resources with practical approaches to patient-centered care
Derby, Conn.,September 17, 2010—Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month began four years ago in an effort to heighten awareness of patient-centered care among patients, families, caregivers, media, elected officials and the general public. Now with the passage of sweeping health care reform and CMS publicly reporting hospitals’ performance on patient experience via HCAHPS, the term “patient-centered” is firmly planted in the health care lexicon and is being used to describe everything from Congressional bills to MRI equipment. The term patient-centered was coined by Planetree more than 30 years ago to describe health care delivery around the needs of the patient; partnering with patients and families, encouraging involvement and personalizing care.
Long-Term Care Leadership Summit to Convene National Leaders to Deliberate About Practical Approaches for Sustained Culture Change
Derby, Conn.—Planetree is hosting a Long-Term Care Leadership Summit on October 5, 2010, with the aim of getting to the heart of culture change through an exploration of specific strategies for initiating and sustaining change by those on the front lines of the culture change movement. This program is generously funded by Picker Institute, an international nonprofit organization that supports research in the field of patient-centered care. Due to this funding registration for the summit is free and all participants will also receive a copy of the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide.
Planetree Receives Commonwealth Fund Grant to Develop Designation Criteria and Measurement Strategies for Person-Centered Care
Long-standing leaders in the field from Brown University, IDEAS Institute and My InnerView to collaborate with Planetree
Derby, Connecticut, July 21, 2010—Planetree has been awarded a Commonwealth Fund grant for the development of a refined set of designation criteria and objective outcome metrics by which person-centeredness across continuing care settings can be evaluated. The collaborators working on this grant will have the unprecedented opportunity to align their research and implementation practices to benefit the health continuum. The contributors represent a diverse group of continuing care leaders: Susan Frampton and Heidi Gil of Planetree, Drs. Susan Miller and Michael Lepore of Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Dr. Margaret Calkins of IDEAS Institute, and Dr. Vivian Tellis-Nayak and Mary Tellis-Nayak of My InnerView.
Dr. Andrew Weill to Keynote Planetree 2010 Annual Conference, October 5-8 in Denver
Patient-Centered Care Leaders to Share Innovations
Derby, Connecticut, May 12, 2010—Planetree, the well-known pioneers in patient-centered care, will convene health care practitioners, long term care specialists, academics, patient advocates, nurses, executives, Veterans Affairs administrators and architects committed to the implementation of patient-centered care at the 2010 Planetree Annual Conference, October 5-8, in Denver. For 32 years, Planetree has been providing education and information in a collaborative global community of health care organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient-centered care in healing environments.
Planetree and CMSA Announce Strategic Business Alliance
Leaders in Patient-Centered Care Seek to Improve Care Deliver and Effectiveness
Derby, Connecticut and Little Rock, Arkansas, November 12, 2009 — Planetree, a non-profit organization facilitating efforts to create patient centered care in healing environments, has entered into a new strategic business alliance with the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary professional association for case management. The new alliance demonstrates the commitment each organization has to advancing patient-centered care by supporting mutual objectives and collaborating on specific demonstration projects and business opportunities.
Five Architecture and Design Firms Certified by Planetree Visionary Design Network
Derby, Conn., October 21, 2009— Planetree has certified five architecture and design firms as part of the new Planetree Visionary Design Network:
• Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
• Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.
• HMC Architects
• Huelat Parimucha Ltd.
• Kahler Slater
Windber, Waverly and CRE Named 2009 Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals
October 20, 2009—Planetree has announced that Windber Medical Center (Pennsylvania), Waverly Health Center (Iowa) and Centre de réadaptation Estrie (CRE) of Sherbrooke, Québec have been officially named Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals. The hospitals were honored at Planetree’s annual conference in Baltimore held October 4-7. Planetree is an internationally-recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-centered approaches to care. With its model of patient-centered care being implemented in acute care hospitals, continuing care facilities, outpatient clinics and consumer health libraries across North America and abroad, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care is not only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital and cost-effective model of care.
Planetree Honors Extraordinary Achievements in Patient-Centered Care at the 2009 Spirit of Planetree Awards
Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Charmel Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
October 15, 2009—Planetree has honored extraordinary achievements in patient-centered care at its 2009 Spirit of Planetree Awards and is pleased to announce that Griffin Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick A. Charmel has been awarded its 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. “During the past 20 years since Patrick’s involvement in Planetree he has not only created a flagship hospital at Griffin, he has become an international leader in the patient-centered care movement. His passion as well as his business acumen and first-hand expertise has inspired health care leaders around the globe,” said Planetree President Susan B. Frampton, Ph.D.
Health Care Leaders Focus on Patient-Centered Care
Derby, Conn., October 1, 2009—As the nation focuses on the future of health care in U.S. hospitals, VA Medical Centers and health care organizations around the country will join Planetree this October to spotlight patient-centered approaches to health care by commemorating the third annual Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month. The growing recognition that patient-centered approaches to care are fundamental to safe, quality care was recently reinforced by both the inclusion of specific reference to it in the Baucus health care reform bill currently being debated in the United States Senate, and in Secretary for Veteran’s Affairs Shinseki’s championing of veteran-centered care and the incorporation of many of the Planetree model components as a means of transforming the care being delivered to our veterans.
International Health Leaders to Share Innovations in Patient-Centered Care at 2009 Planetree Annual Conference
Derby, Conn., July 23, 2009—“Patient-centered care” is in the consciousness of most every health care leader. Organizational mission statements reference it, special committees have been convened to address it, and considerable resources are expended to solicit patient feedback on it. Nevertheless, many organizations continue to struggle with what “it” is. Planetree, the pioneers in patient-centered care, will convene health care practitioners, long term care specialists, academics, patient advocates, nurses, executives, Veterans Affairs administrators and architects committed to the implementation of patient-centered care at the 2009 Planetree Annual Conference, October 4-7, in Baltimore.
Planetree Introduces Visionary Design Network – Organizations excelling in patient-centered care
Derby, Conn., January 15, 2009—Today Planetree introduces a new program for architecture and design firms to apply for certification and become part of the Planetree Visionary Design Network. This certification will establish the firm as a specialist in evidence-based health care design following the Planetree philosophy and its core components of healing design; such as welcoming a patient’s family and friends, valuing human beings over technology, enabling patients to fully participate as care partners and fostering a connection to nature and beauty.
Planetree Announces Nationwide Release of New Book
Derby, Conn., January 5, 2008—Although the term patient-centered care has become a buzzword used in virtually every article and discussion regarding health care quality, very few health care providers truly embrace the philosophy. In an effort to provide a comprehensive overview of the key components of patient-centered care and illustrative examples, Planetree, an organization that founded patient-centered care 30 years ago, has announced the nationwide release of a new book, Putting Patients First, Second Edition. Published by Jossey-Bass, the book is available in stores and online at www.josseybass.com.
Delnor and Griffin Hospitals Named Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals
Derby, Conn., November 6, 2008—Planetree, Inc. has announced that Griffin Hospital (Derby, Conn.) and Delnor Hospital (Geneva, Ill.) have been officially named Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospitals. Planetree’s Patient-Centered Hospital Designation Program is the only formal designation program that recognizes individual hospitals’ achievement and innovation in fostering an organizational culture that prioritizes patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being. Designated hospitals are also recognized by The Joint Commission on its Quality Check website, a resource created to help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for their healthcare.
Nation’s Hospitals Celebrate Putting Patients First
Derby, Conn., October 3, 2008—Hospitals around the country join Planetree this October to commemorate second annual Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month. Planetree’s 30th anniversary and annual conference to be held in Chicago Oct. 19-22. The website, www.planetree.org, provides a list of questions for patients to ask when choosing a hospital.
Healthcare Leaders Focus on Patient-Centered Care at Annual Planetree Conference
Derby, Conn., July 31, 2008—Planetree Inc. and healthcare leaders from around the globe will be celebrating 30 years of
putting patients first at its annual conference in Chicago, October 19-22 this year.