October 2, 2012

Maury Regional celebrates Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – County Mayor Jim Bailey has proclaimed October Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month with the signing of a proclamation at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC).

“Being a patient-centered organization means addressing the emotional, spiritual and social needs of our patients and their families in addition to meeting their health care needs. Utilizing the Planetree patient-centered care model, we have developed teams to enhance how we address the needs and desires of those we serve,” said Planetree Coordinator Joan Stephens.

Several activities are planned to increase awareness about the Planetree patient-centered care model at MRMC during the month of October and include:

  • Stock the Pantry, an employee-led food drive, will be held during the entire month of October. The purpose of the pantry will be to assist patients and their families who need help to ensure that their nutritional needs are met at discharge, an important part of the healing process.
  • Planetree internal grant award winners will be announced to those departments or units who submitted the strongest patient-centered care projects.
  • A gluten-free fair for the community will be held on October 6, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the MRMC Annex. The event is sponsored by the Nutrition/Nurturing Aspects of Food Component Team.
  • A celebration will be held on October 24 with the planting of a Planetree (sycamore tree) on the medical center’s front lawn and the burial of a time capsule along with a dedication ceremony and tours of the newly renovated chapel.

For more about patient-centered care, visit or call the medical center at 931.540.4373.