The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) of the Sharon Hospital is a group of patients, family members, caregivers and hospital staff who work together to promote high quality, safe patient care in a collaborative partnership.
The mission of the PFAC is to provide the patient and family voice, representing all families served by the institution by clearly articulating Patient and Family Centered Care principles. Patient-family-centered care is an approach to care that respects the patient's values, perspectives and concerns and acknowledges the central role the family plays in supporting the patient.
Your Role: Advisor
We are looking for people who have had at least one or more years of experience within the hospital either as a patient themselves or with a loved-one. Prospective members must be committed to building partnerships with hospital staff to better understand and address the challenges and opportunities at the hospital. The PFAC volunteer role is essential for this work.
Volunteers meet one evening per month (either virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic or in-person once it is safe to return to in-person volunteer roles within the hospital) to:
Create avenues for communication among patients, families, caregivers and interdisciplinary teams of hospital staff.
Advocating for family presence and participation.
Partner with hospital staff to support initiatives that improve the delivery of patient care.
Raise staff awareness of the need for family inclusion in the care of patients, in an effort leading to safer and more satisfactory patient outcomes.
Participate in forums so advisors can share their personal experiences with the objective of educating hospital staff and faculty to the importance of involvement with the patient, family members, and caregivers.
Each Advisory Committee Council Member is expected to attend the meeting. Meetings occur September through June. There are also projects and committees that require an additional time commitment. Projects vary in time commitment and participation in these meetings is voluntary. There is always an interesting opportunity to contribute to.
Please contact us to learn more about this opportunity.
Our mission is to deliver exceptional healthcare to the communities we serve by pursuing the highest standards of quality, safety, service and compassion. Our vision is to be the region’s leading healthcare organization, recognized nationally for its quality, safety, service and compassion. Our dedication and investment in people, technology and facilities, distinguishes us as the provider of choice for patients, families and employees.
Sharon Hospital’s primary service area includes the northeastern area of Dutchess County in New York, as well as the western parts of Litchfield County in Connecticut, including New Milford and Torrington. From a patient flow perspective, patients come to Sharon from both states, with about 55% of patients from Connecticut and 43% of patients from New York. Like many communities in New York State and Connecticut, Sharon Hospital’s service area is experiencing minimal population growth with gradual declines in the numbers of young families and children. The largest demographic growth is expected in the number of residents aged 65 and older and from 2018 to 2028, the percent change in the 65‐plus age range is projected to be over 20%.
Sharon’s Strategic Plan (2022) ‐ Vision for Success Sharon Hospital 2022 represents a fundamental turn‐around of the hospital’s position in the region, its sustainability as a critical resource for the region, its overall quality, and its financial contributions. From 2022 forward, Sharon Hospital is envisioned to continue its vital role as a community hospital, providing quality care in its core service lines (behavioral health, emergency care, general surgery, respiratory disease, cardiac disease, stroke) and serving as an integrated channel for more acute care services to the tertiary hub(s) of Nuvance Health and other systems located in Connecticut.
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People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
50 Hospital Hill RoadSharon, CT06069
December 22, 2020
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
One meeting per month with occasional take-home projects or rounding on floors (once hospital visits are permitted post pandemic)
Take an active role participating in monthly meetings serving as an advisor to our staff and helping to mold the decisions we make with extra focus on community needs