Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fauquier Hospital Earns Planetree Patient-Centered Re-designation

Fauquier Hospital has been awarded re-designation as a Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital. Six years ago, Fauquier Hospital was among the first hospitals worldwide to achieve Planetree Designation, which is awarded for a three-year term.  Today, Fauquier Hospital remains the only hospital in Virginia -- and one of only 25 hospitals worldwide -- to have maintained the Patient-Centered Hospital Designation since the program’s launch in 2007.

As part of the designation process, Planetree representatives visited Fauquier Hospital in June to speak directly with patients, family members, hospital leadership, staff and physicians. The site visit team found that patients feel listened to, respected, and well-cared for, and that staff feels informed, empowered and appropriately recognized.   

More than 60 specific designated criteria address components of a patient-centered healthcare experience, including patient-provider interactions, access to information, family involvement, the physical environment, food and nutrition, spirituality, arts and entertainment, and integrative therapies.  In addition, the criteria focus on how the hospital is supporting its staff, opportunities for staff, patients and families to have a voice in the way care is delivered, and the ways that the hospital is reaching beyond its walls to care for its community.

Rodger Baker, president and CEO of Fauquier Health, said, “The Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care defines the culture of Fauquier Hospital. Fourteen years into our Planetree journey, it’s second-nature to our staff. Compassionate care -- it’s just who we are.”

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