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Promoting Family-Centered Care in Children’s Hospitals in California

Organization: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Primary Contact: Karen Wayman, PhD

Grant Amount: $ for 12 months

Date Awarded:


To increase the capacity of child-serving hospitals in California to provide family-centered care; and to begin the formation of a formal family-centered care network among child-serving hospitals in the state.


The goal of this project was to organize a statewide patient and family-centered care (FCC) network of children’s hospitals and, thus, to improve the provision of patient and FCC in children’s hospitals in California. The project was led by staff at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital which has made substantial progress toward adoption of FCC in patient care and in administrative operations at the hospital. Through conferences, conference calls, materials posted on a dedicated website, a newsletter and the provision of individual technical assistance staff from hospitals around the state were supported in their efforts to improve FCC at their institutions. A statewide FCC hospital network has been formed to continue advancing patient and family-centered care. Consequent to the success of this grant additional funding has been provided to continue strengthening FCC in California hospitals.

Related Resources

Establishing Family Advisory Councils (FACs) in children's hospitals is one means of ensuring that families have a strong voice regarding the care delivered to their children. To encourage development of FACs that truly have an impact, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health provided grant funding for the formation of the California Patient & Family Centered Care Network, a statewide collaborative composed of parents and providers representing 15 pediatric hospitals and clinics. A new report summarizes the work of the Network, and offers guidelines for establishing effective FACs.