Help make a difference at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital: Join the Patient & Family Advisory Council

MEDIA RELEASE:

 Help make a difference at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital: 

Join the Patient & Family Advisory Council

For Immediate Release:  January 17, 2017

Smiths Falls, ON:  The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital continues to integrate the patient and family voice into all facets of hospital activities.  One such way has been to further develop the Patient & Family Advisory Council (the “Council”).  This Council works with hospital staff and leadership to foster communications and serves as the link between the patient, family and the hospital care team.

The Council has been in place for four (4) years and we are now actively recruiting new members to assist our hospital and ultimately the community in achieving the best possible care for everyone who comes to the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.

The role of the Council is to identify current and future opportunities to improve the care experience for patients, family and caregivers.  By building a formal and structured partnership with the organization, PSFDH will be able to better identify and integrate the patient perspective in its planning and activities.

The goal of the Council is to listen and learn from patients, family members and/or their caregivers to embed the patient voice throughout the organization.

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is currently accepting applications for upcoming vacancies (3) for the Patient & Family Advisory Council.

Council members are persons who have had a recent experience (generally within three years) of being a patient or the family member of a patient and who are willing to work with PSFDH to provide direct input into policies, programs and practices which affect patient care and  services. The role of the members of the Patient & Family Advisory Council will be to keep the patient and family as the focal point of our healthcare system.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a 250-word expression of interest that answers the following questions:

  • Why would you like to serve as a Patient & Family Advisory Council member?
  • What are some issues of special interest to you?

Submissions will be accepted until February 15, 2017 to the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital office by mail and/or email to the address below.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Mailing Address:
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

60 Cornelia Street West

Smiths Falls, ON

K7A 2H9

Attention:  Michele Bellows, VP, Patient Care Services/CNE

Email: mbellows@psfdh.on.ca

The Patient & Family Advisory Council will meet approximately every two months, for a period of 2 hours.  A copy of the terms of reference can be provided upon request.  For more information regarding the Council, please contact:  Michele Bellows at (613) 283 2330 Ext. 1292

About PSFDH:

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites.  The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities.  The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.

For more information contact:

Beverley McFarlane

President & CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

613-283-2330 ext:1110

www.psfdh.on.ca

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33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
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60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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