Highline Medical Center
Located in Burien, we provide advanced medicine and trusted care for the surrounding community.
Highline Medical Center: Our Planetree Philosophy
It’s all about YOU
At Highline Medical Center, you'll find leading health care experts and the latest medical technologies—everything you'd expect from a major medical center. But you'll also find something you might not expect: genuine compassion, people who listen and a commitment to treat you as an individual. As the Pacific Northwest's first affiliate of the Planetree organization, our goal is to always put YOU, the patient first.
What is Planetree?
Planetree is a national, nonprofit organization that helps hospitals support and grow their patient-focused care programs. According to legend, the Planetree, or sycamore, is the tree that Hippocrates sat beneath when he taught medical students in Greece centuries ago.
Today, Planetree exists to personalize, humanize and demystify healthcare. It works with the belief that people want to learn more about medicine, health and illness and their own health in order to become more active participants in their care.
Learn more about this important health care movement at www.planetree.org.
More about the Planetree Philosophy
When illness or injury strikes, the impact on wellbeing isn't just physical - it's also emotional, mental and spiritual. So we're dedicated to caring for the whole person. Our Planetree model of care embodies a holistic approach to treatment, encompassing several important philosophies:
- Patients are individuals who have rights, responsibilities and choices
- Each patient has unique physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs
- The experience of illness can be a time of personal growth for patients and their families
Planetree empowers patients to become involved in their own health care and encourages healing partnerships between patients, family members and caregivers. Highline Medical Center has instituted a number of Planetree programs and initiatives throughout its comprehensive care network.