Loma Linda University Medical Center to Host International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Palm Desert

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Loma Linda University Medical Center will host the 2012 Planetree Annual Conference, an international conference focusing on putting the patient first in health care.

Loma Linda University Medical Center will host the 2012 Planetree Annual Conference, an international conference focusing on putting the patient first in health care.

The conference is set for Sunday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, 74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, Calif., 92260. Health care professionals, hospital administrators, and health care providers are among the delegates expected at the conference.

As host hospital for the event, Loma Linda University Medical Center will be giving conference attendees tours of the different hospitals within the organization, including Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, and Loma Linda University Heart & Surgical Hospital.

“It is our pleasure and honor to act as the host site for this year’s Planetree Annual Conference, which is the longest-running international conference on patient-centered care,” said Loma Linda University Medical Center CEO Ruthita Fike.

“Health care isn’t just a career, it’s a calling to bring comfort, understanding, and healing to those in their greatest time of need. I wish to congratulate the Planetree organization and other patient-centered leaders for working hard so that patients across the world experience health care the way it should be delivered,” she said.

Founded by a patient in 1978, Planetree is a not-for-profit organization that has partnered with hospitals and health care organizations all over the world to improve the delivery of health care by putting the needs of patients first. Planetree guides health care providers through a structured process that helps caregivers transform the health care experience they provide.

To register or receive more information about the conference, go to http://www.planetree.org or call 909-558-6582

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About Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)
Loma Linda University Medical Center’s comprehensive health system includes the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, LLUMC – East Campus, Behavioral Medicine Center, Heart and Surgical Hospital, LLUMC – Murrieta, and physician clinics. LLUMC is widely respected as a health care leader and is known for its pioneering and cutting-edge work in such areas as organ transplants, proton treatment for cancers, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, acute pediatric and adult care, as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. LLUMC is the only Level 1 trauma Center in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties, which covers over 40,000 square miles in Southern California. With a total of 974 beds, the Loma Linda University Health System includes the only children’s hospital in the region. Loma Linda University Medical Center sees over 30,000 inpatients and about 500,000 outpatient visits a year.

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