October 19, 2012

Maury Regional celebrates Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – In celebration of Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is planning a special event on Wednesday, October 24, at 12:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the medical center.

MRMC recently adopted the Planetree model for patient-centered care in which the emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients and their families are more extensively addressed in addition to their health care needs. During this special event, attendees will hear a touching story from a former patient and his wife describing how employees at the medical center reached beyond the normal realm of health care to provide an uplifting and caring environment for healing.

Plans also include the burial of a time capsule containing commitments from MRMC employees and volunteers who have attended Planetree retreats, followed by the planting of a Planetree on the front lawn. Music will be provided by members of the volunteer music program. An art display from Lilly Oncology will be in the front lobby, sharing artwork created by cancer patients that is representative of the emotions they experienced during their diagnosis and treatment. The public is invited to attend.

Utilizing the Planetree patient-centered care model, MRMC has developed teams to enhance how the needs and desires of those served at the medical center are addressed. Component teams include those addressing food and nutrition, healing arts, spirituality, healing environment, human touch/human interaction, and family, friends and social support. In addition, the medical center plans to develop a patient and family partnership council. For more about patient-centered care, visit or call the medical center at 931.540.4373.