Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council
Ensuring Patient-Centered Care
Today, thanks to the many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer that have occurred in recent years, more and more individuals are surviving cancer and going on to live long fulfilling lives. Understanding and responding to the patient experience throughout the cancer journey is critical to this. At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, we are committed to providing each patient with the most comprehensive and compassionate care possible every step of the way.Patient-centered care requires empowering patients by giving them a voice when it comes to healthcare design and delivery. To ensure that we are addressing the needs and preferences of patients, we established an Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council to provide us with valuable feedback on issues affecting the care of cancer patients.
The Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council brings together cancer survivors, caregivers, physicians, nurses, and support staff for the purpose of advancing the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Cancer Program’s understanding and commitment to the delivery of quality cancer care.
- Serves as a voice for patients.
- Promotes patient/family advocacy and involvement in the care and treatment process.
- Enhances the patient and family experience.
- Provides input for the planning of new patient-related programs.
- Serves as a resource on a wide variety of issues, services and policies.
The Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council meets monthly and reports directly to the MedStar Montgomery Cancer Committee, offering direct feedback and suggestions for improvements to the care of cancer patients at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.
How to Get Involved
Council members commit to a one-year term with an option to remain on the council for an additional year. Terms begin in January. If you are interested in serving on the council or would like more information, contact:
Debra Otani, RN, OCN, CBCN
Cancer Care Navigator
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
18101 Prince Philip Drive, Room G-23
Olney, MD 20832