Last Thursday the Wales Home and CHSLD Wales Inc. were informed that they will be receiving a Gold Designation from Planetree International, a not-for-profit organization that partners with healthcare organizations around the world to improve and recognize success in person-centered care. This award represents the highest level of achievement recognized by the group. Planetree uses its “International Person-Centered Designation Program” to formally recognize excellence in care that is focused on the indivduals in various types of healthcare facilities. There are three tiers of recognition: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with each tier representing an incrementally higher level of achievement in care. There are a total of 139 Planetree-certified sites worldwide: 80 gold designations, 8 silver, and 51 bronze. The Wales Home has thus become part of a very small group of distinguished healthcare facilities in the world, and one of six in Canada. The CHSLD Wales is the only gold-designated long-term care facility in Quebec. See full story in the Tuesday, May 22nd edition of The Record.