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The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center's Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) is dedicated to promoting a culture of patient and family-centered care.  The Council is comprised of past and current patients, caregivers and SKCCC staff members who work to integrate patient and caregiver perspectives into the delivery of cancer treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH).

Each month, members hear from a variety of speakers who update the council on developments at SKCCC. Members provide feedback on numerous issues related to the patient experience. Many council members also participate in the decision-making process at the SKCCC by serving on committees and workgroups outside of the regular meetings.

The Council meets monthly to:

  • Provide the voice of the patient in giving feedback to staff on a variety of operational and planning initiatives
  • Identify patient and caregiver concerns and generate ways to resolve them for future patients
  • Advocate for patient and family-centered care
  • Encourage dialogue and an on-going relationship with SKCCC leadership, providers and staff
  • Learn about issues of concern/interest and create opportunities to improve the experience for patients and caregivers, including research, medical treatment and support services
  • Collaborate with SKCCC staff in planning and delivery of new and revised programs and services

Accomplishments in FY2019 include:

  • Added more PFAC members to committees at SKCCC and The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Brainstormed ideas for JHH Strategic Planning initiative, development of Oncology mobile apps, MyChart Bedside, patient education tools, fall prevention signage, workplace violence signage, RTLS badges, check-in at Viragh, medication take-back program publicity and signage, suggestions for SKCCC website
  • Meeting presentations on a variety of topics including: the new Breast Center at Greenspring Station, Maryland reimbursement model, cancer treatment disparities, SKCCC security, new Proton Center, new Integrative Medicine Center at Sibley, Called to Care program, Hopkins Virtual Advisors program, cancer-related fatigue, central line blood draws, cancer survivorship program in radiation oncology
  • Stepped up recruiting efforts with information tables at several SKCCC events, adding a dozen new members

How Can I Become Involved?

Learn more about Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Councils.

Interested in joining the PFAC? Please submit an application.

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