Recent Accomplishments

Learn about the accomplishments of the Family Advisory Council over the last year: Family Advisory Council Accomplishments 2012-2013 (pdf)

The council comprises family members, hospital leaders and patient-care staff, who work with hospital leadership and staff to:

  • Promote family-centered care, in which the voices of parents and, when appropriate, children are involved in decision-making related to care
  • Focus on improved quality in health care, patient satisfaction and maintaining an attractive environment
  • Serve in an advisory role to help hospital leadership plan programs and services valued by patients and families
  • Develop educational materials for families
  • Serve as a link from the hospital to the community

Individuals at least 16 years of age who have had experience at MassGeneral Hospital for Children are invited to apply for membership on the council. Terms are three years and require various time and commitment levels, depending on the committee’s needs and the candidates’ interests. Read about the council's recent efforts.

For more information about our services, how to get involved, or to apply to become a member, including eligibility and the formal application and selection process, please send an email to

If you would like to submit an application, please use either the PDF or Word document below (the PDF might be more suitable if you want to print and fill out the application by hand and the Word document can be completed on your computer and emailed):

Additional opportunities

In addition to the Family Advisory Council, the hospital offers a number of standing committee opportunities of varying time commitments for patients and families with specific interests.


Bedford mother shares her story at Rare Disease DayMarch 12, 2015
Family Advisory Council member Lisa Cimino, mother to a child with a rare disease, speaks to lawmakers at the State House in Boston during Rare Disease Day. Read more.

MGHfC Clinicians Reflect on Experiences from When Their Children Were PatientsJanuary 13, 2015
At a Grand Rounds session, "There is No Us and Them," three clinicians from MassGeneral Hospital for Children reflected on lessons from when the parent and provider roles were reversed and their children became patients. Read more.

Helping Families During Medical CrisesDecember 20th, 2012
When a family is hit with a medical crisis, it often feels as though the world is turned upside down. It is during these challenging times that friends and other family members’ support becomes invaluable. Read more.

Autism and Hospitals: A Difficult MatchNovember, 2012
Article in the journal Academic Pediatrics by Family Advisory Council member Eve Megargel and Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD. Read more.

Mom Empowers Families to Understand RoundsOctober 12th, 2012
Sarah Santos, mother of an MGHfC patient, partners with the Family Advisory Council to create an educational document informing patients and families about their role during the medical team’s morning rounds. Read more.

Family-Centered Grand Rounds Pinpoint Role of Communication in CareMay 20th, 2011
The third-annual Family-Centered Grand Rounds, “The A Team—Building an Effective Healthcare Team,” honed in on the importance of team communication in care. Read more.

Listening to the Voices of Patients and Families (video)March 9th, 2011
As part of the Patient Safety Awareness Week celebration for 2011, the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety hosted a Quality & Safety forum on March 9 featuring a presentation, “Listening to the Voices of Patients and Families.” Guest speakers Seta Atamian, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Family Advisory Council, and Dave deBronkart – known as “e-Patient Dave,” a noted activist for participatory medicine – shared their experiences navigating the health care spectrum.  Watch the video to hear their impressive stories.

Council Centers its EffortsNovember 25th, 2009
It was a Tuesday night and the colorful, child-friendly hallways of Ellison 17 were quiet. But inside the floor’s conference room, a lively discussion was underway between members of the Family Advisory Council (FAC). Read more.

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