Teen Advisory Council Celebrates First Anniversary

The Children’s Hospital Teen Advisory Council recently celebrated its first anniversary by touring the OR.

Much like Family Advisory Council, which was founded in 2008, the Teen Advisory Council was created to share input and influence on policies, programs and practices affecting the delivery of care and services for children and families.

The council is made up of seven teenagers who are either current patients or siblings to current patients at Children’s Hospital. This group of young influencers have provided feedback on their experiences, including clinic visits, inpatient stays and visits to the ER. Over the past year, the teens also met with Dr. Jan Neece in November to discuss sensory processing issues and how Children’s Hospital has improved our policies in treating these families. And in November, they participated in the first-ever sensory day at Fantasy of Trees.

More recently, CEO Keith Goodwin and Nursing Director of Surgical Services Patty Carey took the TAC on a tour of the new surgery center, including the Pre/Post area and OR. The teens loved the opportunity to dress out in the “bunny suits” and to see firsthand our new and improved surgery suites. Several of them have had surgery here, and this opportunity to ask questions and see instruments and equipment firsthand was both educational and exciting.