• 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