A Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital

Joseph Cappiello, Vice President Field Operations for the Joint Commission Designation identifies and recognizes those organizations that have made the cultural transformation in which every individual of that organization knows, believes in and employs the strategies of patient-centered care in every encounter. Designation demonstrates a level of organizational commitment to the Planetree philosophy that goes far beyond embracement of alternative treatment modalities.

-- Joseph Cappiello, Vice President of Accreditation Field Operations for the Joint Commission

In June 1992, Mid-Columbia Medical Center became the first hospital in the world to implement the Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care facility wide. In the ensuing years, MCMC was transformed into a one-of-a-kind center of healing, a place very different from what most people expect of a hospital.

While Planetree remains at the heart of the inpatient experience provided at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, its implementation represented only the beginning of what continues to be a remarkable evolutionary process. MCMC is equipped with the latest technologies for diagnosis and healing along with a comprehensive menu of both traditional hospital services and programs, and a broad range of integrated therapies.

It has adopted a far broader definition of health intended to address a person's emotional, spiritual, intellectual and environmental concerns in addition to physical needs. And, in its ongoing quest to meet its patients’ and their families’ needs around these five components of health, MCMC has evolved in unique and meaningful ways.

In 2007, MCMC was honored with the Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital designation from Planetree, Inc..

According to Planetree, this designation recognizes MCMC’s achievement and innovation in fostering a culture within the hospital that prioritizes patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center was one of five hospitals to receive the Patient-Centered Hospital Designation in 2007, the pilot year of the designation initiative, and is the only hospital in the state of Oregon to have met the stringent criteria developed by Planetree to distinguish those hospitals nationwide doing the most advanced work in patient-centered care.

Guided by Planetree’s ten components of patient-centered care (Human Interaction; Access to Information; Family Involvement; Nutrition; A Healing Environment; Arts and Entertainment; Massage and Caring Touch; Spirituality and Diversity; Integrative Therapies; and Healthy Communities), since 1992, Mid-Columbia Medical Center has continued to implement substantial numbers of initiatives and practices designed to enhance the patient experience.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center continues to change the expectation of what a hospital should be.

Our Foundation is Planetree

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Planetree is founded on principles that guide our daily lives and improve the situations we encounter day after day. There are only so many things one can do to support oneself when one finds that it is in our immediate interest to support others.

It is our Mission...

To lead and act as a catalyst in promoting health for all people.

To recognize the individual as a whole human being with different needs that must be met enthusiastically.

To communicate a vision of health, art, education, technology and a center for healing which will continually upgrade the quality of life in the community environment in which we live.

To empower people to become partners in their healthcare.