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Department of Psychiatry Patient & Family Centered Care Committee

Patient & Family Centered Care (PFCC) is a nationwide movement that is influencing how hospitals and clinics partner with patients and families to shape the development, delivery, and evaluation of programs, policies, and services.

Established in May 2012, the Department of Psychiatry’s PFCC Committee has grown into a vibrant working partnership in which patients, families, faculty, and staff collaborate to improve communication and the standard of care across ambulatory, inpatient, and emergency settings.

The mission of the department’s PFCC Committee is to promote, cultivate, and celebrate healthcare guided by patients and families. By inviting an active exchange of experiences and ideas to inform and shape the healing process, the committee strives to keep the needs of each patient and family at the forefront of care. The committee also works to foster an environment of collaboration between patients, families, staff, and faculty that recognizes patients and families as essential members of the healthcare team.

The PFCC approach recognizes that emotional, social, and developmental support are integral components of healthcare, and respects that families play an essential role in ensuring the health and well-being of people of all ages. If you are interested in volunteering with the Department of Psychiatry’s PFCC Committee, please contact Laura Nitzberg, assistant director for psychiatric social work and the Psychiatry lead on the committee.