Focusing on Patient-Centered Care: The 2006 Planetree Annual Conference

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Healthcare professionals from around the world will travel to San Diego, CA to attend the 2006 Planetree Annual Conference on October 9-12, 2006. Hosted by Planetree-affiliate Sharp Coronado Hospital, the 2006 Conference brings together healthcare practitioners, academics, patient advocates, hospital staff and administrators, and architects to advance and expand the patient-centered care movement.

Among the keynote speakers for the four-day event will be music icon Judy Collins who will talk about the healing power of art and music. Other keynote speakers will include Dr. C. Norman Shealy, President of Holos University Graduate Seminary, which offers doctoral programs in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine; acclaimed journalist Linda Ellerbee, who will talk about her experiences with living with breast cancer; Don Miguel Ruiz, best-selling author of The Four Agreements; Erick Wahl, a recognized artist and corporate consultant who provides bold innovative strategies to challenge organizations to keep ahead of the changes and competition in today's dynamic marketplace; and Tom Kelley, the general manager of IDEO, the famous design and development firm responsible for the Apple mouse, Polaroid's IZone instant camera, the Palm V, and hundreds of other cutting edge products.

In addition to these speakers, the 2006 Planetree Annual Conference will feature breakout sessions on practical strategies for implementing and fostering a patient-centered culture in healthcare institutions. Topics include employee satisfaction evaluation tools, patient safety, clinical aromatherapy, therapeutic touch and patient-centered facility design, among others.

On Thursday, October 12, Planetree will recognize the extraordinary individual and institutional achievements in patient-centered care during the Spirit of Planetree Awards Dinner.

“When we embarked upon a search for a strategy for our hospital that would take it successfully into the next decades, we discovered that Planetree creates a sustainable cultural shift that doesn't depend on the continued presence of a hospital’s current leadership to maintain its integrity,” said Sharp Coronado Hospital CEO Marcia Hall. “Planetree and its tenets comprise the ‘shade tree’ that we know others will sit under as the years move beyond our current very committed leadership team.”

Hall’s staff will lead several tours of Sharp Coronado Hospital during the conference to demonstrate how Planetree concepts have been fully integrated into every area of the hospital.

The 2006 Conference is sponsored by Lead Sponsors Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., a leading planning, design and management firm; GetWellNetwork, a healthcare interactive services firm that works to enhance the healing and coping process to patients and care providers; and Nurture by Steelcase, a company that transforms healthcare environments to make lives better for patients, caregivers and partners in care.

For more information on participating in the 2006 Planetree Annual Conference as an attendee, call the Planetree National Office at 203.732.1365 or visit

For nearly three decades, Planetree, Inc., a not-for profit organization based in Derby, CT has been at the forefront of the effort to humanize, personalize and demystify the healthcare system. Today, the Planetree Members Network is a global community of over 100 acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities and libraries.

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Lisa Donnarumma



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