The importance of Planetree

By Erik Thorsen, CEO

If you’ve been a patient at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), you may have seen the gold Planetree seal on a brochure or sign. That seal means that CMH has been evaluated by the Planetree organization and judged to be a person-centered health system.

Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria, Oregon

Erik Thorsen, CEO

At CMH, our Planetree designation is a point of pride. In July 2013, we earned that seal thanks to the dedication of many community members and caregivers. We had been preparing for designation by refining policies and processes and building programs like Pet Therapy and No One Dies Alone.

Put in practice, our person-centered focus means that we care for people first. That means you are the center of the health care process. Planetree is not a word that we toss around lightly. It is important to us because it helps us remember our purpose. We are here to support you and our local community. 

This spring, we’re going through a new recertification process with Planetree. Although the terms will change from “designation” to “certification,” the meaning is the same. 

We may serve you during some of the most vulnerable moments of your life, and it will be our privilege to go the extra mile so you can welcome a new baby, heal from an illness or say goodbye with a No One Dies Alone volunteer. 

In this issue of the CMH Health Compass, please join us as we share some stories about Planetree in action.