Planetree Appoints New Board Members

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Planetree, a nonprofit organization pioneering methods for personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the healthcare experience for patients and their families, has appointed three new members to its national Board of Directors.

Planetree, a nonprofit organization pioneering methods for personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the healthcare experience for patients and their families, has appointed three new members to its national Board of Directors.

Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H. is the president and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a Washington, DC-based consensus standards setting organization whose mission is to improve American healthcare through endorsement of national standards for measurement and public reporting of healthcare data. Dr. Kizer also serves as Chairman of the Board of Medsphere Systems Corporation; as a Director of Trinity Health; as a member of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force; and as a consultant and advisor to various other entities. He is a member of Planetree’s newly formed Patient-Centered Certification Advisory Board, and has provided invaluable advice on advancing quality standards for Planetree hospitals.

Wayne B. Jonas, M.D. is Director of the Samueli Institute for Information Biology (SIIB) in Alexandria, VA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Family Physicians. Dr. Jonas was previously the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and the director of Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He has authored more than 150 publications (including the major textbook Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999). Dr. Jonas serves on the editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed journals, and was a keynote speaker at the 2005 Planetree Annual Conference held recently in Virginia.

Joe Cappiello, BSN, MA, is the vice president for Accreditation Field Operations at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations In this role he is responsible for management of accreditation processes including survey functions, surveyor education, standards interpretation, staff education and training, and accreditation process improvement. Mr. Cappiello also leads Joint Commission initiatives on emergency management and all issues regarding terrorism and emergency preparedness. He is a contributing author of The First 72 Hours – A Community Approach to Disaster Preparedness and is a frequently requested national speaker on these issues. Mr. Cappiello has acquired more than 30 years of diverse experience in delivery system integration, operations reengineering, strategic planning, health care policy development and patient safety that he now brings to the Planetree Board. Mr. Cappiello’s expertise in developing and measuring quality and safety in America’s hospitals will be invaluable in defining similar standards in the area of the patient’s experience with the health care environment.

Kizer, Jonas, and Cappiello join the rest of Planetree’s Board of Directors in guiding the organization in its mission: John W. Betkoski III, Commissioner of the State of CT, Department of Public Utilities; Patrick A. Charmel, President & CEO, Griffin Health Services; Allan J. Cribbins, President & CEO, Derby Cellular Products, Inc.; Kenneth J. Dobuler, MD, Griffin Hospital; Susan Edgman-Levitan, Massachusetts General Hospital; Robert A. Fox; Susan Frampton, Ph.D., President, Planetree; Jan V.K. Hoffmeister, President, Usymbio, LLC; Steven Horowitz, MD, Stamford Hospital Cardiology Dept.; F. Nicholas Jacobs, CEO, Windber Medical Center; Frank M. Osak, CEO, Derby Cellular Products; Ellen Scalettar, J.D., Senior Policy Fellow at CT Voices for Children; Reverend Walter J. Smith, Ph.D., President & CEO, Health Care Chaplaincy; Angelica Thieriot, (Honorary), Planetree Founder; Carol Wahl, RN, MBA, CNNA, VP of Patient Care, Good Samaritan Health System; Gerald T. Weiner, Attorney, Weinstein, Weiner, Ignal, Napolitano and Shapiro P.C.; and John J. Zaprzalka, CPA, Apicella, Testa & Company, P.C.

Based in Derby, CT, Planetree is an internationally recognized leader in patient-centered care. In healthcare settings throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care is not only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital, and cost-effective model of care. Planetree affiliate sites operate in diverse healthcare settings, with each site adapting the Planetree model as required by its unique needs. These facilities range from small rural hospitals with 25 beds to large urban medical centers with over 2,000 beds. The Planetree model is implemented in acute and critical care departments, emergency departments, long term care facilities, outpatient services, as well as ambulatory care and community health centers.

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