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Wound Care Department wins poster contest

May 14, 2012

Click here to see photos of all of the Planetree poster designs!

The Wound Care Department of Alliance Community Hospital came out on top when the hospital held its Planetree poster contest. The prize was a "Best in Show" ribbon, which Wound Care snagged out of all the departmental posters on display at the facility throughout Hospital Week.

According to the American Hospital Association, the first National Hospital Day was held in 1921 on Florence Nightingale's birthday, which was May 12. The notion of a national celebration of Hospital Day was originally conceived by a Chicago magazine editor as a public health care event that encouraged trust in the city's hospitals in the wake of the "Spanish flu" outbreak in 1918, which killed more than 600,000 Americans. The event expanded to an entire week in 1953

Today, every state celebrates Hospital Week, the nation's largest health care event, which the AMA describes as "a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals that make our facilities beacons of confidence and care." This year's theme was "Making Miracles Happen."

At ACH, Hospital Week 2012 was celebrated May 6-11; it coincided with National Nurses Week. And, in addition to hospital workers being treated to daily indulgences, such as free hot beverages, ice cream, slushy drinks, popcorn, apples and hand massages, every department of the hospital had been instructed to create a poster that reflects the ways in which its staff members demonstrate the Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care.

Planetree is a concept by which programs, services and initiatives are created solely with the purpose of catering to every patient need. Some of the Planetree practices at ACH include open visitation, room service, aromatherapy for stress reduction, a chaplaincy, a prayer chain, hand massage therapy and a prayer shawl program through which critically ill patients can receive a hand-crocheted shawl upon request. ACH is the only Planetree hospital in the state of Ohio.

"We are proud of the way the staff members came together and worked in groups to create posters that tell our stories of how we show compassion through our everyday actions," said Stan Jonas, ACH's chief executive officer.

The posters were intended to convey images that captured every individual department's commitment to Planetree; employees were encouraged to use local and state symbols and mascots as part of their poster themes.

On May 11, a judging panel that included Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani, University of Mount Union art professor Robert Buganski and ACH board of trustees members Scott Ingledue and Dr. Deb Lehrer, perused the posters. They had a tough time singling out the awards.

"This decision has been incredibly difficult," said Ingledue. "Everyone has paid such attention to detail and done so much work. What a fabulous collective effort."

Lehrer agreed, noting the visually appealing nature and eye-catching aspects of the poster submitted by the Information Technology Department won her over.

"We empowered the staff to put their creative caps on and bring their Planetree practices to life -- and the result has been tremendous. We really got some impressive works of art," said Connie Poulton, SPHR and vice president of colleague relations at ACH, of the initiative.

Concluded Jonas, "We are so happy about the end result of this initiative, which reflects the very ways in which our Planetree practice of compassionate care set us apart."

Dozens of employees and visitors viewed the posters throughout Friday afternoon and early evening. The noon announcement of the top winners in each category revealed the following winners:

The Mayor's Award, selected by Alliance City Mayor Alan Andreani, went to the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association. Honorable Mention went to the Public Relations and Hospice departments.

Most Collaborative, selected by Jonas, went to Volunteer Services, Patient Registration, Communications and ICU/PCU (four-way tie)

Most Creative, selected by Bob Kroupa and Don Deitemyer, went to Communications. Honorable Mention went to the Community Care Center, Wound Care and Volunteer departments.

The Board of Trustees Award, selected by Ingledue and Lehrer, went to Information Technology. Honorable Mention went to the Volunteer Department.

Best in Show, selected by Paul McDole, Charlotte Furbee and professor Robert Buganski, went to the Wound Care Department. Honorable Mention went to the Volunteer Department.


Don Deitemyer, Paul McDole, Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani, Dr. Debra Lehrer, Bob Kroupa, Scott Ingledue, Charlotte Furbee, Robert Baganski and Stan Jonas (not pictured) were this year’s Planetree Poster Contest judges.


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