Become an Advisor
What does it mean to be a patient and family advisor?
Patients and their families have valuable wisdom gained from their health care experiences that can be used to make improvements to how we deliver health care at The University of Vermont Health Network- Porter Medical Center. The role of the patient and family advisor is to bring the patient and family voice and perspective to all aspects of planning and decision making at Porter. Our patient and family advisors become part of our team on committees and workgroups designed to improve patient care. Advisors share their health care experiences to educate and train our staff and providers. Advisors help us better care for our patients.
Click Here for the complete Patient and Family Advisory Council Charter
Click Here for the application
Why are advisors important team members?
Patient and family advisors partner with health care staff at all levels to help make Porter Medical Center services more responsive to the needs of patients and families. Advisors bring the patient and family perspective to policies, programs, facility design, operations and education at Porter in an effort to improve safety, delivery of care and patient and staff satisfaction. The patient and family advisors are key to promoting patient- and family-centered care concepts and practices among administration, staff, health care providers, patients and families. It is important that these advisors are willing to:
You may be invited to:
Guiding principles of patient- and family-centered care
We actively partner with patients and families, institutional leaders, health care providers and staff to implement the core principles of strong patient- and family-centered care: