About MCMC

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has been providing high-quality healthcare to people of the Mid-Columbia region in its current location on 19th Street in The Dalles for over half a century.

The staff of nearly 1,000 employees and more 50 physicians, as well as more than 200 volunteers, work as a team to provide care that is respectful of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families.

We offer a continuum of services, including education, wellness and prevention programs, outpatient and in-home services. Our commitment to offering our patients a broad range of advanced care has led the development of a modern medical campus staffed by highly trained health professionals using the latest medical technology.

MCMC has earned an international reputation for our efforts to improve the hospital experience for patients and their families. In 1992 MCMC became the first hospital in the world to implement the Planetree philosophy of care facility wide. In the ensuing years, MCMC was transformed into a one-of-a-kind center of healing, a place very different from what most people expect of a hospital.

While Planetree remains at the heart of the inpatient experience provided at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, its implementation represented only the beginning of what continues to be a remarkable evolutionary process. MCMC is equipped with the latest technologies for diagnosis and healing, but also has adopted a far broader definition of health intended to address a person's emotional, spiritual, intellectual and environmental concerns in addition to physical needs.

In the ongoing quest to meet its patients’ and their families’ needs around these five components of health, MCMC has evolved in unique and meaningful ways.

Planetree Philosophy of Care

Mid-Columbia Medical Center was the first hospital in the world to complete a facility-wide Plantree transformation.

The Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care is part of an effort to change the way patients experience hospitals — transforming impersonal, intimidating institutions into nurturing, healing and educational environments. Planetree has pioneered methods for personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the healthcare experience for patients and their families.

The Planetree model of care is a patient-centered, holistic approach to healthcare, promoting mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical healing. It empowers patients and families through the exchange of information and encourages healing partnerships with caregivers.Planetree seeks to maximize positive healthcare outcomes by integrating optimal medical therapies and incorporating art and nature into the healing environment.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is one of only 16 hospitals in the nation to receive the prestigious designation, "Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital."

This honor was developed by Planetree, Inc. to distinguish those hospitals internationally doing the most advanced work in patient-centered care. Planetree designation recognizes an institution’s achievement and innovation in fostering a culture that considers its priorities to be patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well being.

At Planetree
    We believe...

  • That we are human beings, caring for other human beings.
  • We are all caregivers.
  • Care giving is best achieved through kindness and compassion.
  • Safe, accessible, high quality care is fundamental to patient-centered care.
  • In a holistic approach to meeting people's needs of body, mind and spirit.
  • Families, friends and loved ones are vital to the healing process.
  • Access to understandable health information can empower individuals to participate in their health care.
  • The opportunity for individuals to make personal choices related to their care is essential.
  • Physical environments can enhance healing, health and wellbeing.
  • Illness can be a transformational experience for patients, families and caregivers.