Family Advisory Council Accomplishments

Community and national involvement

Our members are active in many efforts outside the Family Advisory Council. Their involvement goes beyond the walls of Children's Hospital. Many members play important roles on the local, state, and national levels.

Internal collaboration

Bringing a family perspective to internal projects and committees allows us to make patient and family-centered care a priority. FAC members can be involved in many different opportunities inside the hospital. Here are some examples:

  • We Care for Kids Day: "Bee Safe" tent
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center new employee training participation
  • Pediatric to Adult Transition Steering Committee
  • Staff Nurse Council
  • Patient Education Oversight Committee
  • Patient Engagement Steering Committee
  • My Health at Vanderbilt Advisory Committee
  • Food Committee


Our council assists the marketing department in creating more patient and user-friendly resources. Members provide marketing ideas, give feedback on format, content, and ease of use. They are consistently featured in hospital publications, web pages, and social media.

  • Children's Hospital's website and online physician directory
  • Children's Hospital's Facebook page
  • Hospital patient stories

Performance management and improvement

FAC members have provided valuable feedback and review of initiatives such as: Asthma Home Action Plan, Cardiac Surgery Notebook, Patient and Family Handbook, Family Information Notebook, ATV and Teen Motor Safety campaign, Blood Bank, Guest Services Standardization, Whiteboard Project, Nursing bedshift change process, discharge process review, the food menu, and the pharmacy.

Members have provided insight for facilities planning projects such as the 7th South NICU expansion, the 33-bed hospital expansion, and our Outpatient Clinics.

Learning opportunities

Webinars and talks allow us to provide FAC members with continuous learning and growth opportunities:

  • Patient safety webinar: "Engaging Patients, Families, and the Community as Partners in Patient Safety: Innovation and Best Practices"
  • Medical Home Summit sessions with Dr. Carl Cooley, Center for Medical Home Improvement

Related Information