Calvert Memorial Hospital is looking for patients and family members who are interested in volunteering to serve on a new advisory council created to enhance the patient care experience. To obtain an application, call 410-535-8212 or download the form at www.calverthospital.org. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
According to Kasia Sweeney, associate vice president for client service at CMH, the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) was established to provide a forum for its members to share personal insights and offer suggestions about planning new hospital services and evaluating existing programs.
Sweeney said hospital leaders have been inviting patients and families to share their stories and ideas at board meetings for the last few years, and this committee creates yet another avenue for them to contribute to the health care in our community.
“We feel it’s vital for our patients and family members to have a voice in the decision-making process,” said Sweeney. “We believe this council will serve to strengthen the communication and collaboration between patients, their family and our healthcare team.”
Research shows that patient involvement contributes to patient safety and quality of care. “By having engaged community members partner with us through the PFAC,” said Susan Dohoney, vice president of quality improvement at CMH, “we can come together to define the delivery of care through the eyes of our patients.
Sweeney said the council will usually meet six times per year for 90 minutes to two hours. The first meeting will be held later this fall. She added that special PFAC projects will involve additional meetings.
Members are selected to represent the diversity of the community including different ages, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. All members must be 18 years or older. Terms are between 18 months and two years and members may serve up to two consecutive terms.
If selected, members are expected to regularly attend PFAC meetings and participate in work groups, as needed. Members must also take the required immunizations and agree not to disclose any confidential information presented.
If you are interested in being a part of shaping health care in your community, please consider becoming a part of this dynamic team. Completed applications, should be mailed to: Patient and Family Advisory Council, Calvert Memorial Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678