July 31, 2010

Fauquier Hospital Featured in the Washington Post

Not sure how I missed it, but I was recently informed that Fauquier Hospital was featured in the Washington Post on March 24, 2009 after the hospital received a "designated" status by Planetree Organization. That's a great honor especially when considering Fauquier Hospital is one of only 8 hospitals in the entire country with that honor.

What exactly does this designation mean in terms of patient care?

• Private patient hospital rooms
• Family and friends can drop by any time, day or middle of the night
• Food that's actually good
• Patient friendly architectural features including:
  • built-in sleeping accommodations for family members
  • carpeted corridors and additional windows
  • lamps have replaced overhead lighting
  • halls have been carpeted to keep down noise or are finished in faux wood for a warmer feel
  • community artwork hangs on the walls
  • barriers between patients and staff, such as those sliding-glass windows that close nurses off from patients and the public, have been removed
  • elevators for patients and the public are separate
  • no constant paging over the intercom system, either; instead, unobtrusive music plays all the time.
Also, a culture fostering patient care is presented.

Given I'm a physician on staff at this hospital, I can say it is all true!

Congratulations to the hospital!

Read the Washington Post article here.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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