At the core of the model is a heart which represents patients and families and Relationship-Based Care (RBC), Exeter’s care delivery system and theoretical framework for practice.
RBC is comprised of three crucial relationships:
  • Relationship with patients and families
  • Relationship with colleagues
  • Relationship with self
The four shapes represent members of the care team; each one supporting the heart. The shapes also signify the four essential components of the PPM.
Different colors within the model represent diversity, both within the care team and among patients and their families.

An inward facing care team indicates a shared focus on patients and families and invites open communication; overlapping hands illustrates interprofessional teamwork, caring, and collaboration.
The circular design represents the continuous and ongoing nature of professional practice and its inextricable link to excellent patient outcomes.