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Neonatal Family Advisory Council Celebrates One Year
10/04/2011

Members of the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital Neonatal Family Advisory Council (FAC) gathered Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the women’s and children’s hospital to celebrate their one-year anniversary as a formal organization. In attendance were members of the council’s 12 founding families and members of the women’s and children’s hospital medical staff, including Fernando Moya, MD, Medical Director of NHRMC’s Neonatology Department, Barbara Buechler, RN, Administrator of the women’s and children’s hospital, and Brandi Page, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse manager.

Family Advisory Council

Pictured from Front to Back: Kerri Schafer (kneeling), Jamie Crist, Linda Harrelson, Monicquea Chance, Tonya Ludlum, Amanda Lykens (front row L to R) Debbie Debose, RNC, Rachel Donley (Chair), Suzie Graneros, and Dr. Donna Vaught (back row L to R) Not Pictured: Tania Vause, Brandon Ludlum, Cyndi Lewis, Dina Mahoney, RNC

The FAC was established to be a link between families and hospital staff in helping optimize family-centered care at the women’s and children’s hospital through education, resources and programs. The FAC also provides emotional and social support to families with babies in the women’s and children’s hospital Level III, 45-bed NICU, including helping communicate family’s needs and preferences to medical staff.

“This council is very much the ‘voice’ of the many families we have served and continue to serve,” said Brandi Page, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse manager. “They have done a tremendous amount of work in a very short amount of time and should be applauded for their dedication to improving the lives of our critically ill newborns and their families.”

In the past year, the FAC has had many accomplishments, including establishing organizational by-laws, developing a web site (www.nhrmc.org/NICUFAC), creating educational materials on breastfeeding, and hosting various fundraising events to support FAC programs.

“We’ve always believed family-centered care and engaging families for the benefit and advancement of the NICU and the entire women’s and children’s hospital has been a priority,” said Barbara Buechler, RN, Administrator of the women’s and children’s hospital. “The founders of this council are trailblazers in that they have set a solid foundation for tomorrow’s families in helping secure their place as contributors to our model of family-centered care.”

 
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