Children's Hospital Advisory Council

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council was created in 2002 as we embraced the Family-Centered Care culture. The Family Advisory Council, which is made up of family members and hospital staff, meets monthly.

The Family Advisory Council goals are:

  • To provide a family perspective to ensure that services meet the family needs.
  • To communicate the needs of families and promote effective partnerships between families and professionals.
  • To encourage opportunities for families to give feedback and suggestions to the Children’s Hospital on services, programs, and policies.
  • To promote collaboration between families and staff to develop creative solutions to challenges faced by the Children’s Hospital.

For a Family Advisory Council brochure, please click here.

Accomplishments:

  • Weekly Coffee Hours for families
  • Creation of the Pediatric Chaplain position
  • Cub's Eye - Informational Directory for Families
  • Design of new Children's Hospital
  • Family Advisory Council Brochures
  • Equipment Return Brochure
  • Family Advocacy Brochure
  • Feedback on Quality & Safety Issues, Marketing Campaigns, Food Services, and Patient Satisfaction initiatives
  • Creation of Family Greeter Program
  • Creation of the NICU Advisory Council

We currently have 15 Family Members on our Family Advisory Council and they currently have or have had:

  • Children who receive care from the Children’s Hospital and/or outpatient clinics
  • Children who once received care at the Children’s Hospital and have passed away


Pediatric Inpatient Units represented by Family Members: 

NICU, PICU, IMC, General Floor, Rehab, ED, OR

Pediatric Outpatient Clinics Represented by Family Members:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiology
  • Complex Care/Hummingbird
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • GI
  • Headache Clinic
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Bone and Joint Institute
  • Psychology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Therapies (Occupational, Physical, Speech)
  • Urology

  • Kaela Appleman- PIMCU RN
  • Rachel Delmar- PICU RN
  • Michelle Del Pizzo, Administrator of Children's Hospital
  • Kris Englund-Kreiger - Social Worker
  • Debbi Fuhrer- Co-Chair, Family-Centered Care Coordinator
  • Linda Goodwin- Pediatric Chaplain
  • Nicole Hahnlen- Nurse Coordinator, Hummingbird Program
  • Patti Hart - Director of Nursing, Children's Hospital and Women's Health
  • Cindy Lacroce - Outpatient Clinic Nurse
  • Michelle Marino- Care Coordinator
  • Joan McGeary - Child Life Specialist
  • Alycia Nygard- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit RN
  • Dr. Barbara Ostrov - Vice-Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatologist
  • Kahly Smith - NICU RN
  • Mary Theresa Smith, Administrative Support

For more information about getting involved with the Family Advisory Council for the Children’s Hospital, please email Debbi Fuhrer or call her at 717-531-0003 x281216. You can also fill out our online application here.