Your Guide to the 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care

Apply to Make a 30-Minute Presentation or Poster Session  
Presentations & poster sessions will be given on: 
Monday, October 31st - Wednesday, November 2nd
Benefits of Presenting:
          • If selected a $50 registration discount will be honored for up to 3 persons presenting.
          • An additional $50 discount will be applied for all patient/family member presenters AND those co-presenting with a patient/family member
Follow this link for more information:

There are only 2 weeks left to Apply!
Deadline for submission March 31st

Take Advantage of our Early Bird Registration Rate and Discounts!
Register by June 1st and Save!!!   

Planetree Member Rate
Full Pass - Early Bird (Ends June 1) - $799  
Full Pass  - Regular Price  (After June 1) - $899
Day Pass - Early Bird  (Ends June 1) - $350
Day Pass - Regular ( After June 1) - $395

Non-Planetree Member Rate    
Full Pass - Early Bird (Ends June 1) - $999 
Full Pass  - Regular Price  (After June 1) - $1,099
Day Pass - Early Bird  (Ends June 1) - $420
Day Pass - Regular ( After June 1) - $470 

Full Time Student OR Active Member of  Patient Family Advisory Council (Must not be employed by hospital of PFAC)
Full Pass - $400
Day Pass - $150  

*Additional Discounts Available* 

 Register before June 1st and be placed
in a drawing to win a fitbit blaze 

Secure Your Planetree Conference Accommodations

Book Your Stay at the Downtown Chicago Marriott!
Surrounded by the upmarket shops along the Magnificent Mile, this high-end, 46-floor chain hotel is a 10-minute walk from the 360 Chicago observatory, and a mile from Millennium Park


540 North Michigan Avenue,
(Driveway Entrance on 541 North Rush Street)

Chicago, Illinois60611USA


Our Planetree Group Hotel Rate is $237.62 a Night

Submit a Nomination for the Spirit of Planetree Awards 
          • Outstanding Individual - Caregiver, clinician champion or animal  therapy team  (Deadline: Friday, July 1st)
          • Award winning team - leadership team,  patient and family partnership council, steering team, and design project team (Deadline: Friday, June 3rd )
          • Patient-centered excellence and innovation award (Deadline: Friday, June 3rd )

Participate in 9th Annual Planetree
Video Contest

Criteria for Video Contest
          • It must demonstrate Planetree spirit
          • It must clearly reference Planetree
          • It must be no longer than 3 minutes (including titles and credits)
          • It must be submitted in MP4 format

    Remember, your video can be a comedy, documentary, or a musical, but it must meet all of the above criteria to win.   The Planetree Academy will select the winners, and the winning videos will be showcased at the 2016 Spirit of Planetree Awards on Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Chicago Marriott Downtown, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

    *To submit your entry or to inquire about the contest please contact
    Lisa Donnarumma

    Deadline for Submission Friday, August 5th

Re-Tweet the Tweet and be Entered to Win:

*There are Six Chance to Win

How it works: 
  1. Go to and follow the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care Twitter Page:
  2. Re-Tweet Tweets about the Conference.  For every re-tweet you make you will be entered into a drawing to win a free full conference pass!
    •  Example: 3 Re- Tweets  = 3 Chances to Win
  3. The contest will run for one month. In which time a new contest will start for another month.  One pass will be given per contest run.
  4.  Contests will run from:
  • April 1st - April 30th
  • May 1st  - May 31st
  • June 1st - June 30th
  • July 1st - July 31st
  • August 1st - August 31st
  • September 1st - September 30th

The True Revolutionaries of Patient-Centered Care Convene to Keynote the 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care
On March 13, 2011 , Nancy Frates' 27-year-old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. Their world changed in a moment. They were told that there is no treatment or cure and the prognosis was 2 to 5 years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community. W ed 11/2 @3:00PM 
Dr. David B. Agus, is one of the world's leading physicians. He has also built a reputation for having a unique way of looking at the relationship of the human body to health and disease. He explains, "Sometimes you have to go to war to understand peace."  As a contributor to CBS News, he comments on important health topics regularly on television. Wed. 11/2 @ 9:00 AM 
Vikram Patel, Professor and Psychiatrist helps bring better mental health care to low-resource communities - by teaching ordinary people to deliver basic psychiatric services.  Time Magazine named Vikram among the 2015 Time 100, its annual list of the most influential people of the world. Tue. 11/1 @ 9:00AM 
In 1984, at age 22, Ramona Pierson-a US Marine-was hit by a drunk driver.  Pierson was in a coma for 18 months.  It was the process of having to relearn just about everything, including how to breathe and walk, that made her realize how important it is to be a lifelong learner Mon. 10/31 @6:30PM
In this interactive 60-minute panel discussion we'll hear from Chief Experience Officers from several leading healthcare systems in the US and abroad as they address practical challenges in defining, executing and measuring proven strategies to optimize meaningful patient and family involvement.  Bring your questions, challenges and successes to this engaging dialogue with your peers. Wed. 11/2 @ 10:00 AM 

Alex Sheen's father died of small cell lung cancer on September 4th, 2012. His father was good with his promises, so Alex titled his father's eulogy "because I said I would" and created the promise card in his memory and founded "because I said I would", a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the importance of a promise. 
Tue 11/1 @ 1:00PM 
Have Questions? 
Lisa Donnarumma
Chief Creative Officer