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Planetree Teams at Good Samaritan


When Good Samaritan became a Planetree affiliate, several teams were formed in order to implement the concept across the organization. All employees were encouraged to join a team, and these groups have provided our staff with many opportunities to use their “hidden” talents for the benefit of our patients, visitors and fellow employees. Our Planetree teams include:

Steering Committee

Mission: To coordinate and guide the work being done by Planetree teams across the organization to create a more caring culture devoted to healing relationships that support holistic, patient-centered care.

Spiritual Care Team

Mission: To define the role of spirituality in healing the whole person; to create opportunities for individuals to behaviorally live spirituality in the workplace; and to create environments that provide opportunity for prayer, worship and reflection.

Healing Arts Team

Mission: To explore the introduction and expansion of programmatic changes conducive to creating an atmosphere of serenity, hope and joy.

Integrative Health Team

Mission: To explore the introduction and expansion of care options that complement more conventional medical approaches.

Facility/Healing Environment Team

Mission: To create a philosophy of facility design conducive to creating a healing and healthy environment for staff, patients and their families and the community; essential components of design will be incorporated into renovations and new construction.

Patient Education Team

Mission: To design and implement a model for education of patients, their families and the community that is responsive to the consumers’ increased demand for more involvement in their healthcare.

Staff Education Team

Mission: To design and implement a comprehensive house-wide staff education process; to develop staff retreats specifically aimed at implementing Planetree within hospital departments.

Family Care Team

Mission: To design systems/processes that invite families and/or care partners to be involved in the care and recovery of the patient.

Partners Team

Mission: To address departmental and operational issues related to the implementation of Planetree at the department level; to develop a preceptor system for new departments.

Patient Advisory Council

Mission: To provide input into plans for service and product development, customer service enhancements, patient and community programming, and providing feedback on hospital initiatives, image and reputation.

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