Planetree Hospital

The people at Kadlec are here for you and your family. Each day we continue to look for new ways to make a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and each other. That’s the Kadlec difference.

The Planetree Model

Planetree is a non-profit organization known for pioneering methods for personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the health care experience. The model of care is a patient-centered, holistic approach, promoting mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical healing.

It empowers patients and families and encourages healing partnerships with caregivers. It also integrates modern medical science with supporting therapies and comforting, healing surroundings.

As a Planetree member organization, Kadlec Regional Medical Center follows the Planetree model and is held to high standards of patient-centered care.

Planetree’s Roots


Angelica Thieriot established Planetree in 1978, in Derby, Connecticut, after experiencing what she felt was cold, impersonal, and dehumanizing medical care while hospitalized. She was disheartened by the lack of personalized care at the facility, which threatened to overshadow the benefits of the hospital’s advanced technology. Angela envisioned a different type of hospital where patients could receive care in a healing atmosphere while being active participants in their own treatment and wellbeing. She began Planetree as a crusade dedicated to improving the hospital experience for patients and their families.

Planetree takes its name from the roots of modern Western medicine—the tree that Hippocrates sat under as he taught some of the earliest medical students in ancient Greece about the importance of care, compassion, and maintaining patient dignity.