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Family Advisory Council
The mission of the Family Advisory Council is to collaborate with Children’s Specialized Hospital leadership and staff to empower families to provide input for organizational policies and practices. The council supports the organization’s mission and promotes Patient-and-Family Centered Care by putting the child and family at the center of all activities.
In fulfilling its mission, the Family Advisory Council works with leadership and staff to:
  • Cultivate respectful, welcoming partnerships between patients, families, leadership and staff.
  • Encourage collaboration between families and providers of patient care.
  • Strengthen communication between patients, families, leadership and staff.
  • Channel information and concerns from patients and families to organizational leadership.
  • Offer effective solutions to patient-family concerns.
  • Provide education and training that fosters an increased understanding of Patient-and Family-Centered Care values throughout the organization and community.
  • Provide input for clinical programs to meet patient and family needs.
  • Provide recommendations on operational issues that affect patients and families. The goal of the Council is to be family driven with a three to one family to staff ratio.
Council Accomplishments Include:
  • Developed Physician and Therapy Visits Tip Sheet
  • Developed “Successful Transition from Therapy”  and organized educational sessions for clinical staff
  • Collaborated with staff to develop “What to expect-FAQ’s” for therapy and medical evaluation
  • Revised Inpatient Family Guide
  • Updated and revised Insurance Pocket Pal for families
  • Developed Community Resource Binder
  • Collaborated with staff  and families to develop Family Guide to LTC

Family Advisory Recruitment
Recruitment for the Family Advisory Council is open to families of children who have received services at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Informational Sessions are held and interviews are conducted for council positions. 
Please contact Pat O’Hanlon if interested 1-888-CHILDREN ext 7576 or email pohanlon@childrens-specialized.org 
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