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Family-Centered Care

Family Matters - Fall 2008

Families Have a Voice at the Children’s Cancer Hospital

As the caregiver of a pediatric patient, you know more than anyone what a life-altering experience it is to have a child diagnosed with cancer. Because your story and your experiences are very important, the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M. D. Anderson is initiating a new approach to care called Family-Centered Care.

Family-Centered Care is a way to deliver pediatric cancer care that draws on the strengths and resources of families. The Family-Centered Care philosophy at the Children’s Cancer Hospital involves families in hospital planning, evaluation and policy making to improve the experience of each child’s care.

What this means for you…

In 2008, a Family Advisory Council was formed with parents and staff who help design, implement and evaluate changes in policies, programs and practices that affect the care and services received by patients and families. The council meets monthly to provide feedback and suggest opportunities to enhance patient care.

The Children’s Cancer Hospital is recruiting interested parents for many important councils, committees and task forces. Parents will be asked to work alongside faculty and staff to create new programs and improve existing services to help make the Children’s Cancer Hospital the best, most comprehensive pediatric cancer experience anywhere.

We need your suggestions, your opinions, and your voice as we move forward. In every issue of Family Matters, you’ll be hearing about how families are helping make a difference at the Children’s Cancer Hospital and how the Family-Centered Care initiative is progressing.

We need you…

If you are interested in learning more about Family-Centered Care or would like to add your name to our list of committed parents, please contact Patty Wells, Family-Centered Care Director, at 713-563-5481 or

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