Did you know that the Alberta Children's Hospital has had a family advisory council since 1973? The original council is believed to be one of the first in North America. The first "family advisory committee" was formed to provide family input into an expansion of the hospital. The Council was a strong advocate for the expansion to include inpatient hospital services for all children requiring tertiary acute care.
Future Councils would continue to influence the physical hospital. In the 1990s, they played a leadership role in preventing the closure of the children's hospital and in the 2000s, they provided significant input into the building of the current hospital.
Beyond the building, the Councils provided a family perspective into the ongoing planning for and delivery of hospital services. Council members were invited to sit on various hospital committee and even had a seat at the hospital board table when it existed. Over the years, they influenced things like the establishment of Ronald McDonald House, the development of parent services, and the creation of parent comment cards.
Our current Family Advisory Council meets monthly to consult on programs and services at ACH. We have over 25 members from a wide variety of health and life experiences. Contact us to learn more about the Council or other engagement opportunities.