• 2018 Planetree Distinction Award Application

    The 2018 Planetree Distinction Award Application is now live. Please note that applications will only be accepted via this online application. The deadline to apply is July 2.
  • Engaging patients leads to better care  and better outcomes: Here’s how...

    Planetree's Director of Knowledge Management shared the National Academy of Medicine's Guiding Framework for Patient and Family Engaged Care -- along with practical applications of its key elements -- for the Commission for Case Manager Certification's webinar series.
  • Planetree Supports the LEAD Coalition

    Planetree is proud to be a member of The LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease. Read their most recent Issue Brief showing the vital role of Medicaid in providing essential services for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
  • It's Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month!

    The theme for Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month 2017 is Invitation to Engage. Because we
    can’t expect engagement from patients and families if we don’t first INVITE their involvement. Visit for resources, tools and tips.
  • 2017 Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month Invites Greater Engagement in Healthcare From All

    Now in its tenth year, Patient Centered Care Awareness Month will be commemorated this October. The theme of this year's campaign is Invitation to Engage. In line with this theme, a series of activities is planned to invite the active engagement of patients and family members in their own care, in improving healthcare delivery systems, and in guiding future research and policy in person-centered directions.
  • Planetree Announces Seven New Designated® Person-Centered Organizations

    Planetree International congratulates seven new Planetree Designated® Person-Centered Organizations. Designees embody the highest level of achievement in person-centered care defined by eleven core dimensions of a person-centered culture – ensuring every moment of the patient experience makes them feel cared for and cared about.
    As one of 86 Designated® sites worldwide, these seven organizations contribute to the continued momentum and evidence-based support for person-centered care with a focus on a more holistic patient experience that includes family members, staff, and community. Planetree Designated® Person-Centered Organizations also drive quality improvement efforts in healthcare which foster better patience experiences by exceeding national averages in publicly reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) categories and outperforming national benchmarks on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) process of care core measures.
    Designated® organizations meet more than 60 criteria that reflect what patients, family members, and healthcare professionals say matters most to them during a healthcare experience. The following organizations represent the seven newest Designated® members to meet these criteria based on a rigorous validation process – including focus groups, data analysis, an on-site visit, and more – conducted by an independent committee of international healthcare experts and CEOs of previously designated organizations:
    • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Hollywood, Florida)
    • Stamford Hospital (Stamford, Connecticut)
    • Shore Medical Center (Somers Point, New Jersey)
    Long-Term Care Communities
    • Kroonestede (Stichting Groenhuysen)
    • Vondellaan (part of WVO Zorg)
    • Willibrord (part of WVO Zorg)
    • Scheldehof (part of WVO Zorg)
    “Since its launch in 2007, the Planetree Designation remains the only award that defines, measures, and recognizes excellence in person-centeredness across the continuum of care,” said Susan Frampton, President of Planetree International. “This designation signals to healthcare consumers that these organizations embrace person-centered care as more than a best practice. To them, it represents an ethos and a movement toward focusing on what matters most in top-quality clinical care: the patient.”
    "Since opening our doors in 1992, we have been focused and committed to the care of our patients and families. Our philosophy of patient- and family-centered care means that families and healthcare professionals are true partners working together to serve the best interest of the patient," said Chantal Leconte, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. "The designation signals to healthcare consumers that Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is an organization where providers partner with patients and families, and where patient and family comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being are prioritized with providing top-quality clinical care."
    For more information about Planetree Designated® Person-Centered Organizations or to view a full list of Designated® sites, please visit