Last week was not only the week of our much-anticipated Joint Commission survey, but it was also the National Planetree Conference. Good Samaritan is a highly esteemed member of this leading organization in patient-centered care, and our own Carol Wahl is a member of Planetree’s Board of Directors.
At the conference last week, Carol was presented with the Planetree Lifetime Achievement Award. I wanted to make special note of this award because although Carol may not want me to say it, this is a really big deal! As a winner, Carol joins the ranks of past recipients like Angelica Thieriot who founded Planetree, Dr. Steve Horowitz, chairman of the cardiology department at Stamford University Hospital, Harvey Picker who founded the Picker Institute—a pioneering organization in the field of patient-centered care, among others. Wow! That’s some company, Carol.
Carol has been the champion for the comprehensive implementation of the Planetree philosophy at Good Samaritan. She also authored one of the most valuable Planetree educational resources: the first and only manual outlining how to implement the Planetree model in a hospital setting. This piece is utilized by hundreds of Planetree member organizations beginning the patient-centered care journey.
Before the conference, Planetree made a special surprise presentation of the award to Carol at a department director meeting here at GSH. At that presentation, these comments were made that I thought were particular meaningful:
“You may not know this, but her unflagging commitment has been far reaching, impacting not only Omaha and Kearney, but communities around the world. During her eight years as a member of the Planetree Board of Directors, Planetree came of age, not only formalizing numerous programs, but also expanding internationally to the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil and Japan. Carol assisted in the development of Planetree on a global basis, and she didn’t make recommendations from a mahogany office on a theoretical basis, but provided first-hand practical strategies and new member resources based upon her own experiences implementing the Planetree model of care.”
Congratulations, Carol on your Lifetime Achievement Award. Your passion for patient-centered care makes you a more than worthy recipient.
Here's a photo from Carol's award presentation last week. We are pictured with Marcie Holmes who was the recipient of Good Samaritan's Spirit of Planetree Caregiver Award. My congratulations to you, as well, Marcie.