In October 2006, the Department of Pediatrics at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health began to implement family-centered care. The Family-Centered Care (FCC) Committee, established in November 2006, has 33 members, representing physicians, nurses, social workers, and Child Life Specialists in the Department of Pediatrics and the Burn Center, as well as parents. The Committee, which is chaired by Nena Osorio, MD, meets monthly. Its role includes recommending and implementing changes in procedures and policies, conducting skills and self-awareness trainings, and mediating roadblocks to the effective establishment of family-centered care.

The goal of the Family-Centered Care (FCC) Committee is to institute and strengthen family-centered care using four essential principles:

Collaboration: Family and professionals work together in the best interest of the child and family. As the child grows, she/he assumes a partnership role.

Respect: Everyone respects the skills and expertise brought to the relationship.

Trust: Trust is acknowledged and fundamental.

Communication/Information Sharing: Communication and information sharing are open and objective. Participants make decisions together and there is willingness to negotiate.

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