Not sure how I missed it, but I was recently informed that Fauquier Hospital was featured in the Washington Post on March 24, 2009 after the hospital received a "designated" status by Planetree Organization. That's a great honor especially when considering Fauquier Hospital is one of only 8 hospitals in the entire country with that honor.
What exactly does this designation mean in terms of patient care?
• Private patient hospital rooms
• Family and friends can drop by any time, day or middle of the night
• Food that's actually good
• Patient friendly architectural features including:
- built-in sleeping accommodations for family members
- carpeted corridors and additional windows
- lamps have replaced overhead lighting
- halls have been carpeted to keep down noise or are finished in faux wood for a warmer feel
- community artwork hangs on the walls
- barriers between patients and staff, such as those sliding-glass windows that close nurses off from patients and the public, have been removed
- elevators for patients and the public are separate
- no constant paging over the intercom system, either; instead, unobtrusive music plays all the time.
Given I'm a physician on staff at this hospital, I can say it is all true!
Congratulations to the hospital!
Read the Washington Post article here.