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Patient and Family Advisory Councils

As part of our patient and family centered care model at the University of Washington Inpatient Rehabilitation Units, we are committed to involving our patients and their family members in the rehabilitation process. An outgrowth of this commitment has been the development of our extremely active Rehabilitation Advisory Councils at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), and at Harborview Medical Center (HMC). These two councils are comprised of former patients and their families, and dedicated to providing perspectives and ideas for improving the health care process.

Patient-Family Care Model DiagramRehabilitation Advisory Council at University of Washington Medical Center

The UWMC Rehabilitation Advisory Council meets quarterly with the inpatient management team. Input from the Advisory Council has helped shape policies, programs, facility design, and daily operations. Additionally, the Council has taken an active role in patient education by developing a manual, Rehab and Beyond, which describes the entire inpatient experience.

The Rehabilitation Advisory Council meets to discuss policy.

Harborview Medical Center Patient Family Advisory Council

The HMC Patient Advisory Council is part of Harborview Medical Center's patient centered care initiative. It is currently comprised of nine former patients and one family member. The group focuses on peer mentoring and support. They collaborate with other peer support groups from medical areas such as Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, and Burns. They also hold a series of monthly “Rehab Night” presentations, during which Council members serve as a panel to tell their stories and provide information for current patients and family members.

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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) & Maintaining Healthy Bowels

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Jim Schoeld

Jim SchoeldJim Schoeld credits his UW rehabilitation team with helping him to understand that he could once again be mobile and independent following an accident that resulted in a severe spinal cord injury.
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