CMH celebrates award winners, Planetree gold certification

Spirit of Caring Awards given out during Hospital Week

By Sarah Bello

ASTORIA, Ore. — Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) commemorated Hospital Week May 12-18 with a celebration of its 2019 Planetree gold certification and Spirit of Caring Award winners.

After an extensive review at the end of April, Planetree Inc. named CMH a gold-certified hospital in a new certification process. CMH was Planetree designated from 2013 through 2019. The new gold certification recognizes CMH’s commitment to excellence in person-centered care and high ranking in national measures of quality and patient satisfaction.

Mari Montesano

Mari Montesano

CMH is also pleased to announce the winners of its annual Spirit of Caring Awards. Each year, CMH recognizes and celebrates caregivers who embrace the challenges and rewards of a career in healthcare by presenting these awards. The nominated caregivers go above and beyond to create a warm and welcoming environment for patients, their families and fellow caregivers. This year, a record 29 staff and five medical providers received nominations.

The staff winner was Mari Montesano, a social worker in the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. Her nomination read: “Mari is integral to patient care. She has never said ‘no’ when she is asked for assistance with a patient, no matter what else she has going on.”

The provider winner was James “Jay” Reynolds, AGACNP-BC, a nurse practitioner in the CMH/OHSU Cardiology Clinic. His nomination read: “Jay is phenomenal with his patients. He is truly incredible to work with.”

Jay Reynolds

Jay Reynolds and CMH CEO Erik Thorsen

Spirit of Caring winners are invited to attend the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care. Going to the conference gives caregivers the chance to connect with and learn from like-minded people, experience new ideas in action and hear about the latest best practices.

Planetree Inc. was founded in 1978 by a patient in San Francisco. Today, the Planetree member network is a global community of hospitals, continuing care facilities, outpatient clinics, and consumer health libraries dedicated to providing person-centered care. The Planetree model has been implemented in a variety of settings, ranging from 25-bed critical access hospitals to large urban medical centers with more than 2,000 beds. 

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