The Pediatric Family Advisory Board is dedicated to the improvement of services in patient and family care at Medical City Children's Hospital. Board membership is comprised of 10-12 past and present family members, as well as members of the Medical City Children's Hospital leadership team who represent diverse service line experiences. Membership is governed by the Board based on recommendations by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and other hospital leadership advisors.
Medical City Children's Hospital recognizes patients and their families are often the most knowledgeable members of the care team and offer unique perspectives and valuable feedback regarding the standard of care received. This shared relationship enables the Family Advisory Board, which meets on a bi-monthly basis, to accomplish the following:
- Act as catalysts and advocates to integrate patient-centered care across the institution
- Develop resources for patient and families to help them navigate their care across the continuum
- Identify patient and family needs and concerns
- Provide feedback on current systems and processes in the hospital
- Provide the "voice of the customer" through the patient and family perspective
- Review and recommend best practices on key patient safety and service excellence improvement efforts
- Improve systems, processes, quality, safety and efficiency of care through collaboration between Medical City Children's Hospital and the communities that we serve
Family Advisory Board Q&As
Who is eligible to volunteer for the Family Advisory Board at Medical City Children’s Hospital?
We are always recruiting for volunteers who have been patients (now over the age of 18) and/or family members of patients who have had an experience at Medical City Children’s Hospital in the last two years.
What is a board member’s role?
Board members act as catalysts and advocates across the institution, assist in the development of resources for patients and families to aid in the navigation of care, identify patient and family needs and concerns, provide feedback on current systems and processes in the hospital, provide “the voice for the customer,” through the patient and family perspective, review and recommend best practices on key patient safety and services excellence. Finally, the Board helps improve systems, processes, quality, safety and efficiency of care through collaboration between Medical City Children’s and the community we serve.
What is the time commitment?
Board meetings are held every other month, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm We estimate that the time involvement outside of the meetings is approximately two to three hours every other month to examine and evaluate materials before the meetings. We also ask board members to commit to serving for two years with the option of a third year.
How are board members chosen?
Potential advisors make application, and go through an interview process, and are chosen based on background and experiences.
How do I apply to join the Medical City Children's Hospital Pediatric Family Advisory Board?
I have more questions, who do I contact?
Please contact our Patient Advocacy Manager, Seana George.