The Spirit of Planetree Awards were created by the Planetree organization to promote patient- and resident-centered care by publicly recognizing individuals who personalize and demystify the health care experience for others, as well as programs and services that support extraordinary achievement in patient centered care. Dr. Hogikyan is being recognized for his efforts to provide veteran-centered care to veterans in the Community Living Center (CLC). He has also incorporated this approach into the geriatric primary care outpatient clinic.
Planetree is a nonprofit organization of hospitals and other healthcare organizations founded in 1978 and headquartered in Derby, Connecticut. It aims to provide more personal and human care in hospitals. Planetree provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient-centered care.