Planetree honors Griffin Hospital and two caregivers

Two Griffin Hospital caregivers and the hospital itself were recently honored with Spirit of Planetree Awards at the 2013 Planetree annual conference in Montreal, Canada.

Griffin Hospital’s Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Gregory Boris, received the Physician Champion Award. He lives in Woodbridge.

Environmental Services staff member Michael Currie won a Caregiver Award. He lives in Naugatuck.

Griffin Hospital in Derby earned the 2013 Distinction for Leadership and Innovation Award.

‘Human interactions’ are key

The awards were presented by Planetree President Susan B. Frampton in conjunction with the Planetree annual conference, held Oct. 6 to 9.

“At the heart of the Planetree model are the human interactions between patients and caregivers,” Frampton said. “With the Spirit of Planetree Awards, we celebrate individuals like Dr. Boris and [Currie] who, with their compassion, empathy and simple human kindness, are improving the patient experience, and that is most definitely worthy of recognition.”

Griffin’s entire conference contingent accepted the Distinction for Leadership and Innovation Award from Frampton at the awards ceremony. The award distinguishes Planetree-designated sites that continue to advance the model of patient-centered care through outreach, research, scholarship and innovation.

About Planetree

Founded in 1978 by Angelica Thieriot, a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic healthcare experience, Planetree is an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that partners with healthcare providers around the globe to advance patient- and resident-centered approaches to care.

Planetree has been at the forefront of the effort to personalize, humanize and demystify the healthcare system for more than 30 years, according to publicity material.

The Planetree approach is being implemented at hospitals, continuing-care facilities, outpatient clinics and consumer health libraries in the United States, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands and Japan.