Nov 3, 2016
NewYork-Presbyterian - Westchester
New York - 

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester has received the 2016 Planetree Distinction Award for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care. The award is the highest level of recognition conferred by Planetree and honors healthcare organizations that continually advance the practice of patient-centered care through outreach, research, scholarship and innovation. NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester is the first and only behavioral health site in the United States to receive the award.

“As a national leader in behavioral health, we put patients at the heart of everything we do,” said Dr. Philip J. Wilner, senior vice president and chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division. Delivering world-class care requires not only medical excellence, but providing a warm, empathetic environment for patients and families. It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Planetree for providing world-class patient-centered care.”

Planetree, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with healthcare organizations around the globe to transform and refine how care is delivered. The term “patient-centered care” was coined by Planetree some 40 years ago and describes an approach to care that is organized around the needs of the patient, and promotes relationships between patients, their families and their healthcare teams that nurture trust, transparency and collaboration.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester is one of only 10 facilities to receive the Planetree Distinction Award, and one of only 30 facilities in the United States to be named a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital. The Distinction Award honors hospitals for complementing its ongoing work to meet the needs of its community and staff of professional caregivers with more broad-based efforts to build awareness and continue to innovate in patient-centered care.

Recipients of the award participate in national conferences and webinars, engage in research that ties specific outcomes to patient-centered care, submit articles for publication in national peer-reviewed journals and participate in public policy initiatives to expand the practice of patient-centered care.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester will accept the honor at the Distinction in Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care Award during the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care, being held from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in Chicago, Illinois. 

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, opened in 1894, is one of the world’s most advanced centers for psychiatric care. NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester serves children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with comprehensive outpatient, day treatment, partial hospitalization and inpatient services. In addition to clinical treatment, the Westchester Division is a center for interdisciplinary medical research and education through its academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medicine. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. For more information, visit

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