Planetree Conference 2012

This year the Planetree Conference was held in sunny Palm Desert, California where attendees learned about the latest in innovative patient- and resident-centered care and had a chance to connect with their peers. At the conference, Christine ran into Phyllis Goetz, Chair of the Planetree Visionary Design Network.

Of the many exhibits at the event, one of them was a Sky Factory Digital Cinema Virtual Window featuring real nature scenes with audiophile sound system. This real-time scenery delivers a soothing presence for the mind and body through imagery, motion and sound and the slim installation fits standard wall depth.

Besides the many breakout sessions available, tours of a few healthcare facilities were provided to showcase the successful implementations of Planetree initiatives. In particular, Christine toured the Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego County which has carried out My Health Record (an open medical record for patients), an Integrative Healing program (including comfort massage, aromatherapy and Reiki), an Arts Healing Program that brings arts to the bedside for patients and a program that integrates volunteers as Health Information Ambassadors.

The grand finale of the 3-day conference was the Spirit of Planetree Awards ceremony and dinner. It was a truly inspiring and educational event!