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Planetree Honors Griffin Hospital Caregivers

By Alex Stackpole on 10/31/2018

Griffin Hospital Vice President of Ancillary Services Marge Deegan, of Seymour, and Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Maria Cantito, RN-BC, of Middlebury, were recently honored with the Planetree Scholar Award at the 2018 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care held in Boston.

The Planetree Scholar Award honors individuals whose works and deeds inspire everyone to greater heights in person-centered healthcare.

Deegan has been with Griffin Hospital for more than 40 years and earned the award for exemplifying person-centered care on a daily basis through her commitments to Griffin’s patients, community and staff.

“Person-centered care is instinctual for Marge and she makes sure it continues to be a top priority in her role as the head of Ambulatory Services,” coworkers stated in her nomination form. “Fellow caregivers frequently praise her for her willingness to roll up her sleeves and join forces with directors and front-line caregivers to identify opportunities to improve patient experiences and outcomes.”

In her eight years as a member of the Griffin Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Cantito has shown exemplary dedication to the Planetree person-centered care philosophy every day.

In her nomination, coworkers stated that “Maria empowers her patients to be active participants in their care by making sure that they have what they need to understand their medical condition, plan of care, and course of treatment.”

Cantito was also recognized for the way she leads by example in supporting issues impacting the community, and for being actively involved in The 5K Walk/Run to Benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and the Women’s Heart Wellness Committee at Griffin.

About Planetree

Founded in 1978 by, Angelica Thieriot, a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic healthcare experience, Planetree is an internationally-recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-/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. With its model of patient-/resident-centered care being implemented in a diverse range of hospitals, continuing care facilities, outpatient clinics, and consumer health libraries across North America, Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands and Japan, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care is not only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital, and cost-effective model of care.

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