A Planetree Moment
Planetree was first introduced to Longmont United Hospital more than 10 years ago, so when we added on the West Tower in 2005, it was designed and constructed around the Planetree philosophy.
Planetree Designated Hospital
At Longmont United Hospital, our goal is to give exceptional whole person care. Planetree International is a mission based not-for-profit that partners with health care organizations to transform how care is delivered. The Planetree approach emphasizes the quality of human interactions that occur within health care settings. It goes beyond working for patients and families to working with them. We help you define the goals that matter most to you and partner with you to design your care plan.
Longmont United Hospital adopted the Planetree model in 1998. As Planetree evolved, a Designation program was created to guide and recognize levels of achievement in person-centered care. Longmont United Hospital is proud to be Gold Designated since 2010. This is the highest mark of achievement for excellence in creating and sustaining a culture of person-centered care that emphasizes quality, compassion and partnership.
We believe your physical environment can enhance healing. Longmont United strives to create patient rooms that are as close to a home environment as possible through personalization of light, temperature and sound. Our hospital is also designed to promote interaction and open communication. Each floor has a family kitchen, providing a place for family and friends to talk and share meals together. There is a variety of art throughout the hospital including our Artwalk hallway which is filled with a rotating display of local artists’ work. Additionally, our Chapel is a tranquil place for prayer and meditation, and our Garden of Peace is a beautiful place to enjoy a breath of fresh air in any season.
Knowing what matters most
Understanding what matters most to you and honoring your preferences whenever possible is important in caring for the whole person. A few notable ways we incorporate your wishes include cultural needs or restrictions, religious observances, food preferences and visits from friends and family. We support flexible, patient-directed visitation to allow family and friends to be with you as much as you need. Our caregivers can arrange to accommodate visitors overnight if desired, as well as supporting times for you to have quiet and rest. Food is also important in health, and our room service menu allows you to order food within your doctor’s recommendations at your convenience. Your family may also bring favorite foods from home, but partner with your caregivers to ensure it aligns with your prescribed diet.
If you have cultural or religious needs or restrictions, please share these with us so we can help you to be comfortable while you are here. We have chaplains available around the clock to offer comfort and spiritual and emotional support. We also have an exceptional Integrative Medicine Department available if you desire to incorporate these healing therapies. Finally, while you are here you may receive visits from our therapy animals, Caring Clowns or our entertainment cart, just a few of the services offered by our incredible volunteers, and all designed to enhance whole person healing.
Partnering with you, your loved ones and our staff is essential to determining goals, making treatment decisions, and ensuring a successful recovery. You are a critical member of your care team, and as such we will include you in all aspects of your care. Your caregivers will show you pertinent information from your medical record, and you are encouraged to ask to see anything you wish. You may also can add comments to your medical record. While you are in the hospital, we will ask you to identify someone who will support you in managing your care and we will involve this person to help improve your success once you leave. In addition to the educational materials we provide, our Resource Center can provide you with additional resources. We encourage you to speak up if you have any questions or concerns related to your care during or after your stay.
Longmont United Hospital partners with community members and other community organizations to improve the health and well-being of our community. As a Planetree hospital, we are always seeking patients and family members who are eager to partner with us in improving person-centered care for our community.
For information on how you can get involved, please contact Carol Anne White, RN at (303)485-4349 or CarolAnneWhite@centura.org.
What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. It was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications from an auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. One of Pat’s family’s goals in creating a Foundation in his memory was to establish an award program that would recognize extraordinary nursing care, like the kind Pat had received throughout his hospitalization.
Longmont United Hospital is Proud to be a DAISY Award Partner
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony surrounded by his/her peers and will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.
How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
Anyone — patients, visitors, physicians, co-workers — may nominate a deserving Longmont United Hospital nurse. Honorees will be recognized quarterly.
To nominate an extraordinary nurse for a DAISY award, you may fill out the online form below.