Cystic fibrosis. Premature birth. Cancer. Autism. Down syndrome. Cerebral palsy. What do they have in common? They are the reality for some children. They are the catalyst for change for some parents. They are the driving force that created the Family Advisory Council (FAC) at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital (TCH) and inspires the adherence to Patient and Family Centered Care by each healthcare team within the hospital.
The FAC consists of parents of children who frequently utilize the services at TCH. Many illnesses touch these children and their families and many different services are utilized as a result. The individual experience each family member brings to the discussion at FAC meetings is essential to maintaining and improving care at the hospital. We are the voice of patients and their families, and of the true experience of being served at TCH. And, we are seeking more voices.
The individual experience each family member brings to the discussion at FAC meetings is essential to maintaining and improving care at the hospital.
The FAC meets the second Wednesday of each month in the basement of the Harris MacIntosh Tower. Members are expected to sit on several hospital councils to provide the parental perspective to topics that are discussed. At each meeting, we discuss what is happening at each council, current projects we are working on and review documents that outside committees or units have developed. Members of the FAC strive to create an atmosphere of Patient and Family Centered Care, or an atmosphere where patients, family and medical personnel, work as a team to create the best possible outcome for the patient.
Bring your amazing experience or your experience that could have been more amazing. Bring your one visit or your visits once a month. Bring the factors that make your family unique. We are seeking a variety of views and experiences to join a council that directly impacts the care children receive at TCH.
Could that be you?
Aurora Dayne is the chairperson of the Family Advisory Council at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital where she works to foster communication and relationships between patients, their families and caregivers. Contact Aurora Dayne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.