Cancer Health Council
Established in 2006, the cancer program PFAC represents the patient and family perspective and needs in cancer care. Since the opening of Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in 2008, the council continues to play an integral role in raising the bar on superior cancer care in all Spectrum Health cancer programs.
- Helped shape the renovation of the gynecological infusion area by sharing their own infusion experiences
- Advocated and advised on the needs of the bone marrow patient as the patient navigates through the health care system
- Provided input on how to make the process of parking, finding the right room and getting to an appointment easier for the patient and family
- Led a pilot program that partners with local churches to promote the importance of mammography screening to the community
- Led the push for collaboration with regional hospitals so that no matter where a patient lives, they can receive quality cancer care
- Supported the launch of the Art in Healing program for cancer patients and family members
- Reviewed the information that patients and visitors receive to make sure that they are getting what they need in a format that is useful to them
- Provided feedback on a cancer survivor database, a multispecialty team program, a cancer care coordinator program and a tumor board program
- Provided input on the Spectrum Health Lemmen–Holton Cancer Pavilion Specialty Shop to make sure that everyday necessities that cancer patients and their family members need are available
- Partnered with Healthier Communities to promote mobile mammography and remove barriers to access for annual mammograms
- Served as "mystery shoppers" to observe effectiveness of teamwork at various sites throughout Spectrum Health
- Provided patient and family perspective on Lemmen–Holton Cancer Pavilion facility renovations, expansions and redesigns to expand the services of gynecological oncology and the new BMT program
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