Published on October 28, 2014

Stamford Hospital Earns Planetree Distinction for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care

Stamford Hospital has earned the Planetree Distinction Award for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care, placing it among only seven of the 350 Planetree facilities in the world to be recognized with the honor. The prestigious award acknowledges the Hospital’s ongoing efforts to advance patient-centered care through participation in research, publication, outreach and innovation.

“I have witnessed an unprecedented commitment on the part of Stamford Hospital to improving the patient, family and staff experience, which has resulted in their recent Designation with Distinction award,” said Susan B. Frampton, President, Planetree Inc. “They join a small, select group of hospitals in our country that have demonstrated such a commitment to engaging patients and families in co-designing the highest quality, most patient-centered experience of care possible. I congratulate them on this impressive achievement.”

Ms. Frampton presented the Distinction Award to Steven Horowitz, MD, Planetree Medical Director at Stamford Hospital and Deborah Fedeli, Director, Patient-centered Services at Stamford Hospital during the annual Planetree Conference in Chicago this week.

“We are honored to be recognized for our initiatives to change the way health care is delivered to our patients,” said Brian Grissler, President and CEO, Stamford Hospital. “The results reflect a unique and passionate team effort by everyone across our institution.”

The award acknowledges that Stamford Hospital not only embraces the Planetree philosophy but provides leadership in the community and the healthcare industry to promote greater understanding of what it means to be patient-centered, to heighten awareness of why it is important and continuously “move the model” to remain cutting-edge in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

“Our approach to patient-centered care is holistic and encourages healing in all dimensions —body, mind, and spirit.” said Dr. Horowitz. “Our entire team is committed to implementing Planetree initiatives and practices to enhance the patient experience. We are also sharing our knowledge with our colleagues to help them advance the model of care that is evolving quickly not only in this country but in Planetree sites throughout the world.”

The Distinction Award honored Stamford Hospital for complementing efforts to meet the needs of its community and staff of professional caregivers with more broad-based efforts to build awareness, strengthen and continued innovation of patient-centered care through unique programs, such as:

·Paint the Town Pink is a month long, annual program driven by Stamford Hospital during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2014. The program creates positive change by increasing awareness and screenings in order to detect breast cancers earlier when they are more easily treated. The program uses roughly 28 separate social and educational events during the month in collaboration with businesses, organizations and community partners in Stamford and nearby Greenwich and Norwalk. These events reach more than 4,500 women and their families each year, with funds raised supporting Stamford Hospital’s breast cancer service and screening programs.

· Go Red for Woman, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, raises awareness about women’s heart disease and cardiovascular health options. As the AHA lead partner in Fairfield and Westchester County, the Go Red program works to change perceptions about women’s heart disease through a popular lunch with community women as well as fun, interactive health information sessions and the Go Red BetterU Makeover Program.

Kids’ Fitness and Nutrition Services (KIDS’ FANS) is a community collaborative program to promote smart eating, physical actively and a healthy weight among our children. By partnering with the City of Stamford and local community organizations, the KIDS’ FANS program is able to use after school and other programs to reach families of varied financial and cultural backgrounds to promote simple nutrition and exercise tips.

Founded in 1978 by a patient in San Francisco, today Planetree is an internationally recognized leader in the growing movement to transform the healthcare experience by considering health care facilities, processes and protocols from the perspective of the patient. In diverse healthcare settings throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and Europe, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care is not only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital, and cost-effective model of care. The year’s Planetree Conference hosted representatives from 17 different countries.

Stamford Hospital initially received Planetree Designation in November 2012. In order to achieve Planetree Distinction, a hospital must first meet a rigorous set of criteria that patients, family members and healthcare professionals have indicated as elements that matter the most when it comes to their healthcare experience. Those who are able to meet all the criteria have successfully achieved the highest standard in patient-centered care.

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