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Patient & Family Advisory Council

The formation of our Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is the cornerstone of our commitment to Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC). Our PFAC brings together patients, their families and South Shore Hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. The Council draws upon the valuable knowledge and experience of its members to help guide our PFCC approach. Our PFAC assists in the development of new services and programs, in finding solutions to problems or challenges and in identifying ways that South Shore Hospital can improve the hospital and home care experience for our patients, their families and our colleagues.

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South Shore Hospital's Patient & Family Advisory Council includes sixteen patient / family advisors and seven staff members:

  • Bill Curtis, Patient/Family Advisor
  • Frank Corbett,  Patient/Family Advisor
  • Elana Dekkers, MD, Hospital Representative
  • Jill Duffy, Patient/Family Advisor 
  • Tara Dusthimer, Improvement Project Specialist, Hospital Representative
  • Richard Elliot, Co-Chair
  • Julie Hurley, PA, Hospitalist Program/Staff Council Member
  • Sandra Geiger, VP/Performance Excellence, Hospital Representative
  • Don Grilli - Patient/Family Advisor
  • Julie Kembel, Co-Chair
  • Jackie Kilrain, Direct Rehabilitation Services/Staff Council Member 
  • Stephanie Peters, Patient/Family Advisor
  • Jesslyn Lenox, Supervisor Neo Pedi Respiratory, Hospital Representative
  • Betty Melvin, Patient / Family Advisor
  • Susan Bryant, Patient / Family Advisor
  • Linda Wells, Patient / Family Advisor
  • Pauline Powers, Registered Nurse, Hospital Representative 
  • Rosemary Phalen, Patient / Family Advisor 
  • John Stevenson MD, SVP / Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Representative
  • Joanne Tully, Patient/Family Advisor


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