Patient and Family Advisory Council

Dear Ms. Sullivan, From my first meeting with Sarah I was at ease with placing my Mother at Whittier. The entire staff: the nurses, aides, staff on the floor, Sarah, Rachel, Linda, Vicki, Angela and Liz were warm, professional, helpful and caring to my Mom, and myself. Anything I asked for or questions I asked were taken care of good-naturedly, answered happily and taken care of incredibly quickly. I honestly never saw anything but a smile. The staff frequently stopped to tell me something heartwarming about my Mom. —Sincerely, Janet S.


Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center

What is the PFAC?

The Patient and Family Advisory Council was established at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Bradford in October 2010.  It is comprised of patients, family members, and staff who collaborate on ways to improve the quality of care and accessibility of the hospital.  The council acts as advocates for patients and their families while promoting the philosophy of patient-centered care.

Goals and Accomplishments

Through the direct efforts of the PFAC, the following goals have been accomplished:

  • A Glossary of Hospital Staff was created in January 2011.  The glossary outlines Whittier’s clinical staff and their roles.  It is given to every patient upon admission in their education packet.
  • An Introduction DVD was completed in February 2012 and introduces the patient and family to the hospital and key personnel.  The DVD is shown continuously in every patient room on the Whittier channel.
  • An Outpatient Seating Area was installed in January 2012 just outside the entrance to the Outpatient Department.  This gives patients a place to sit while awaiting transportation.
  • A Medical Health Passport was created and finalized in October 2012.  It is given to all patients to use in recording all of their pertinent health information and is portable so that the patient will be able to carry it with them at all times.

Interested in becoming a member?

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the PFAC or you would like more information please contact: Joyce Willette, Customer Relations Coordinator, at (978) 469-1421 or via email at jwillette@whittierhealth.com

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