What is "Planetree" and What Does It Mean for Our Patients?
St. Mary's has been a member of the Planetree organization since the Spring of 2006. As a participant with Planetree, we are on a journey that will eliminate any perception in the community of a hospital as a cold, sterile, frightening environment. Essentially we will move beyond that stereotype by touching our patients on a different level and empowering them to take an active role in their care. Additionally, we are creating a culture to support the needs and well being of our employees.
Examples of a few of changes we have already made are our patient centered visitation approach in which the patient and their family decide what type of visitation that they would like to have and when those visits should occur, the addition of music in many formats, a pet visitation program, and an improved professional dress model. Making the commitment to become a Planetree member, as well as the commitment to earn the Planetree designation, demonstrates our commitment to caring for both our patients and our employees.
Planetree is a non-profit membership organization that works with hospitals and health care centers to develop and implement patient-centered care in healing environments. Embracing the Planetree philosophy of care, St. Mary's is dedicated to providing nurturing, compassionate, personalized care to patients and families. Additionally, how employees care for themselves and each other and how organizations create cultures that support and nurture staff is just as important.
According to Planetree, healing partnerships between patients, family members, and caregivers are encouraged by a care model which enables patients to be active participants in their health care. Core components of being a Planetree hospital also include architecture and interior design conducive to health and healing; the importance of nutrition and the nurturing aspects of food; empowering our patients through information and education; the importance of family, friends, and social support; the importance of human touch; healing arts that serve as nutrition for the soul; integrative therapies; and extending our health care outreach to the communities that we serve.