patient and family advisory councils

C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, shares information on how the region’s growth has driven development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with members of the Medical Center’s patient and family advisory councils and advisory groups. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Caregivers are acknowledged and supported through advisory councils’ initiative

Members of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s patient and family advisory councils — largely made up of individuals who are themselves caregivers — decided last year that “caring for the caregiver” would be the focus of a 15-member workgroup tasked with developing a plan to better assist caregivers.

Doing his own colonoscopy made Christopher Lind a legend. But his commitment to patients and families is also legendary.

“The cultural change of having a respected, practicing physician serve as a Patient and Family Advisory Council member has been invaluable.”

Ideas abound for fulfulling Patient and Family Promise

Beginning this week, the first of a series of six messages is being distributed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees highlighting ways to best fulfill the Vanderbilt Patient and Family Promise, a guiding principle that was created by patients and providers and adopted at VUMC in 2013.

Advisory councils tap experience of patients, families