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Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

October 3, 2007

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital is pleased to join other Planetree member sites from across the country in commemorating the first annual Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month this October.  The month-long celebration is designed to raise public awareness about the importance of patient-centered care and to highlight Planetree affiliates' commitment to and their success with a patient-centered approach. 

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“While we are delighted to participate in Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, in reality, at AllianceCommunityHospital, every month is patient-centered care month,†said Wendy Tabellion, Planetree Coordinator.  “We are routinely considering ways to enhance everyday interactions with patients, clinical processes, and our physical environment to ensure that our patients feel well cared for, informed, and empowered to take charge of their own health and wellness.â€


Although the phrase “patient-centered care†is defined and used in a variety of ways, the essential theme is the importance of delivering healthcare in a manner that works best for patients. In a patient-centered approach to healthcare, providers partner with patients and their family members to identify and satisfy the full range of patient needs and preferences.


AllianceCommunityHospital embarked on its Planetree journey five years ago.  In that time, a number of programs and services have been put into place to help create a more patient-centered, healing environment that reflects these values, including the Health Caring Resource Library, the Labyrinth, the Acts of Kindness Program and the Pet Therapy Animals.


Highlights of Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month include the Spirit of Planetree Awards Ceremony during which individual caregivers from Planetree affiliates worldwide will be recognized for their personal commitment to providing patient-centered care.  AllianceCommunityHospital will close this month with our own Spirit of Planetree Awards. 


In addition to these activities coordinated by Planetree's national office, AllianceCommunityHospital will also be celebrating Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month with several different seminars and community activities.

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