Sharp Coronado Hospital has once again been awarded Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care by Planetree International. This Person-Centered Care Certification® recognizes the organization’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of person-centered care. Sharp Coronado Hospital is one of only 96 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn this prestigious award.

Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care represents the highest level of achievement in person-centered care, based on evidence and standards. Person-centered health care prioritizes the active participation of patients and their families throughout the health care process with an emphasis on partnership, compassion, transparency, inclusion, and quality.

“The Planetree Certification is the only award that recognizes excellence in person-centeredness across the continuum of care,” said Susan Frampton, President of Planetree International, a not-for-profit organization that has been at the forefront of the movement to transform health care from the perspective of patients for more than 40 years. “This Gold Certification signals to its patients, and community that Sharp Coronado is an organization where staff partner with patients, residents, and families, and where patient, resident, and family comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being are prioritized as key elements of providing top-quality clinical care.”

“This is an amazing accomplishment, and I am extremely proud of our entire team of caregivers,” said Susan Stone, CEO of Sharp Coronado Hospital. “Since 2007, Sharp Coronado has received this prestigious award. The hospital was the first in California and the second in the nation, to be recognized as a Designated Planetree Patient-Centered hospital and one of only two hospitals in the world to maintain Planetree Designation consecutively.”

The criteria address components of a person-centered health care experience, including the quality of patient-provider interactions, access to information, family involvement and the physical environment of care. Importantly, the criteria also focus on how the organization supports staff, opportunities for staff, patients, and families to have a voice in the way care is delivered, and the ways that Sharp Coronado Hospital & Healthcare Center is reaching beyond its walls to care for its community.

For more information on Planetree’s Person-Centered Care Certification® Program, including the criteria, the application process and more, visit

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