Fauquier Health Congratulates Spirit of Planetree Honorees

Fauquier Health recently honored healthcare professionals within the organization who are recognized as champions of patient and resident-centered care.

Online PR News – 24-June-2016 – Warrenton, Virginia – Spirit of Planetree recipients were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond to support or deliver extraordinary patient and resident-centered care.

Fauquier Hospital is a Planetree designated facility. Planetree designation represents the highest level of achievement in patient and resident-centered care; it is the philosophy Fauquier Health uses to deliver extraordinary health care in an innovative, compassionate and healing environment. To achieve designation, an organization must meet over 60 elements of performance in 11 core dimensions.

The Spirit of Planetree awards are presented in three categories: caregiver, clinician champion and pet therapy team.

Spirit of Planetree Caregiver Award
Richard Shrout, oncology nurse practitioner, received the Caregiver Award for Fauquier Hospital.
His nomination application reads: “I have never witnessed someone like Richard. From a bedside nurse, to managing clinical trials, to his current role as an oncology nurse navigator, Richard has never lost sight of the patient as the center of everything he does.”

Spirit of Planetree Clinician Champion Award
Dr. Jeffrey Abrams, physician informaticist, was recognized as the hospital’s Clinician Champion. The award recognizes physicians or advanced practice clinicians who champion the Planetree model of patient-centered care and whose actions demonstrate her or him to be a role model for other medical staff members. His nomination reads: “Dr. Abrams’ focus on patient care and his support crosses disciplines and hierarchies. To ensure we improve our care - he makes sure that clinicians, nurses, physicians and administrators have the data they need to understand the problem first. He then looks for solutions where technology helps us provide higher touch/higher quality care.”

Spirit of Planetree Animal Therapy Award
Sassie, an aussie/border collie -- along with her handler Kathryn Gilmand and pet rep Tiffany Merkley
-- was the recipient of the Spirit of Planetree Pet Therapy award. The nomination reads: “What a beautiful and kind pet therapy team! Sassie is so sweet and gentle. I feel so blessed that we have animals that instinctively know how to be gentle and that also bring so much love to patients and employees.”

2016 Spirit of Planetree Excellence in Teamwork Award
Planetree also chooses special programs and initiatives that benefit patients. The Excellence in Teamwork Award is presented in recognition of exemplary team approaches to creating and implementing programs that enhance the patient and family experience.

The Culture of Safety team was recognized for implementing tools and processes that create and support a Culture of Safety – a culture where individuals and teams are hyper-vigilant about safety. The team put in place new processes and systems to assure patient safety. Members of the team came from many different departments: Laura Welsh, Claudia Dornin, Fran Spearman, Margaret Rowe, Karla Kenefake-Hymens, Cindy Hobbs-Witmer, Colleen Beres, Christie Shaw, Ina Bowman, Eric Maroyka, Melissa Finley, Brenda Hartshorn and Alissa Nobblitt.

The Villa, Fauquier Health’s assisted living facility, recognized Carol Fox as the Spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year and Casey, a furry favorite with residents, as the Pet Therapy recipient.

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center recognized Brenda Payne as the Spirit of Planetree Caregiver of the Year and Dr. Ami Behiri as the Clinician Champion. Alvin, a cat from Paws for Seniors was the Pet Therapy Award recipient.

About Fauquier Health
Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health is a Planetree-designated facility and serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also operates eleven physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. In 2013, Fauquier Health provided almost $10 million in community benefit support to its community. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at www.fauquierhealth.org or by calling 540-316-3588.

About LifePoint Health
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