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Fauquier Hospital - One of Only Five Nationwide to Receive Formal Designation as Patient-Centered Hospital
Date:10/10/2007

Planetree Organization Recognizes Hospital for Measurable Achievement and Innovation in Patient-Centered Approaches to Care

WARRENTON, Va., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fauquier Hospital of Warrenton, VA has been formally recognized by Planetree, Inc. as a "Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital." This designation recognizes Fauquier's achievement and innovation in fostering a culture within the hospital that prioritizes patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being, while providing top quality care.

Fauquier Hospital was one of only five hospitals to receive the Patient-Centered Hospital Designation and the only hospital in the state of Virginia to have met the stringent criteria developed by Planetree to distinguish those hospitals nationwide doing the most advanced work in patient-centered care. The long list of criteria covers both quality of care and the ways in which that care is delivered.

All Designated Planetree Patient-Centered hospitals must first meet or exceed national benchmark data as it relates to outcome measures and performance indicators on overall quality, patient satisfaction, and service. The Joint Commission has recognized and added this prestigious Planetree Designation to its Quality Check webpage.

The Planetree specific criteria that Fauquier Hospital had to meet are based on a series of focus groups conducted by Planetree over the past several years with patients across the country. This patient input spotlighted key policies and practices that patients would expect to find in a patient-centered health care environment. The committee considered the hospital's physical environment as well as the staff's involvement in the implementation of a truly patient-centered model of care. The criteria also call for patient-empowering structures like an open medical record policy, non-restrictive visiting hours, healthy and abundant food options for patients and visitors, and many other individua
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