GRIFFIN HOSPITAL’S PLANETREE PATIENT CARE
Griffin Hospital is a Planetree hospital, which ensures patient-centered, high-quality care. Planetree is a network of hundreds of hospitals in US, South America, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands, all of which respect the same principle of putting the patient first, consequently receiving high patient satisfaction scores. All Griffin Bariatrics services are designed around the Planetree model of care, with a focus on meeting patients’ needs and expectations by offering spiritual and emotional support, healing environments, and a comprehensive program of ongoing support and education for their weight loss journey.
THE GRIFFIN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
This program is provides nourishing activities for the soul by using art and nature as a form of expression. Relaxing violin, harp, and flute music can be heard throughout the hospital. Patients also have recreational activities available, such as games, free movies and computer access.
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
Caring for Caregivers is a philosophy that promotes recognition for Griffin Bariatrics staff dedicated to our patients, the hospital, and its patient-centered vision. It also promotes personal improvement for the staff with employee-focused services, such as wellness, education and relaxation programs.
All of the Griffin Hospital interiors are designed to be of use to the patient and provide an optimal healing environment. From clearly marked signs for direction, natural lighting, balconies, an inspirational chapel and comfortable rooms, to designs that eliminate barriers, everything was created to decrease patient anxiety and create a healing, home-like atmosphere.
As part of a Connecticut community hospital, one of Griffin Bariatric’s goals is to promote the health of our community. To help make this happen, Griffin Bariatrics is involved in educational programs and support groups and works with churches, senior centers and schools. Due to this involvement in the community, Griffin Bariatrics touches not just weight loss surgery patients, but people in all segments of life to improve their health and overall quality of life.
Griffin Bariatrics is committed to the patients’ well-being and overall experience during their hospital stay. This is the reason why we promote communication between patients, their families and the medical staff. Effective communication can help enhance the patients’ emotional and physical comfort during their stay. As a result, regular Patient Care Conferences are held at our facility, where the emphasis is put on discovering new, effective ways to meet the patients’ needs and improve patient-centered healthcare.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY NUTRITION
Nutrition is a vital element of the healing process. This is why we have meals available upon request to help promote healthy practices in a culturally diverse world. Besides cooking the meals from different cultures and countries, we educate our visitors about making food healthy and enjoyable through printed materials, website recipes, and cooking demonstrations.
PATIENT EDUCATION/ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Health information that is easy to understand and active patient involvement in all decisions are very important at Griffin Bariatrics. Patients and medical staff are encouraged to discuss all health matters, as this has been proven to result in the patients’ following doctors advice closely. More, all medical chart information is available to patients so they can review it and become active participants in their plan of care.
Religion and spirituality are an important element of many peoples’ lives, and at Griffin Bariatrics each patient is encouraged to utilize their spiritual or religious beliefs to promote healing. We offer meditation programs, chapels and other opportunities to reflect on your inner self and draw upon spiritual resources.