Join the Family Advisory Board
Has your child been a patient at the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital or received care at one of our clinics? We invite you to join our Family Advisory Board
The Family Advisory Board at the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital is a diverse, parent-led group that works in collaboration with the leadership of the Children’s Hospital to promote family-centered health care.
As a parent, you know what it's like to bring your child to the hospital, to hear a scary diagnosis, to wait anxiously while your child is in the operating room, or to live day-to-day with a child who is chronically ill. As a member of the Family Advisory Board, your experience and knowledge will allow us to enhance the practices of family-centered care here at the hospital. Families are our teachers, and you have the ability to directly help improve the care delivered by our pediatric doctors, nurses, residents, child life specialists and staff.
To become a member, simply fill out the Family Advisory Board Application
and return it to the address indicated on the form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join?
To help make the Maimonides Infant’s & Children’s Hospital a better place for all children and families receiving care here – including yours!
What is patient- and family-centered health care?
Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to health care that shapes policies, programs, facility design, and day-to-day staff interaction.
Practitioners of this type of care recognize the vital role that families play in ensuring the health and well-being of family members of all ages. They acknowledge that emotional, social and developmental support are integral components of health care.
This approach leads to better health outcomes and greater patient and family satisfaction. Maimonides is proud to offer this approach for our patients.
What does the Family Advisory Board do?
Program Development: Develop our educational materials, brochures, policies, website and more by teaching us about your family’s perspective on how you utilize our services.
Staff Development: Provide guidance and lectures to improve the quality of health care for children and families by sharing your experiences with raising a child with a chronic condition or special need can be a powerful way to teach staff.
External Affairs & Development: Help promote the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital through media interviews or assistance in planning fundraising initiatives.
Parent-to-Parent Support Network: Speak with and provide support for a family whose child is facing a similar medical experience as your child has in the past. To join our parent support directory, please fill out our Parent-to-Parent Support Network Application.
What if I can’t attend the monthly meetings?
We value you and your family’s input. If you are unable to attend our monthly meetings, but you are available to participate in our Parent-to-Parent Support Network, help with our External Affairs or Development endeavors, or would like to provide or attend a lecture, please call for additional information.