Patient and Family Advisory Committee

The patient and family perspective has never been more important or influential in health care than it is today.  It is only when we see health care through the eyes of patients and their families that we can truly improve their experience. In line with our vision, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) is building on the philosophy of centering care around patients and their families through the formation of a volunteer-based Patient and Family Advisory Committee.  A Patient/Family Advisor allows patients and family members to collaborate with us as partners in planning services and systems to shape and improve the patient experience.  The committee was officially formed with 10 Patient/Family Advisors from across Muskoka in January 2017 and meets monthly.

Purpose of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee

The committee is a venue for patients and families to provide input into policy and program development, while promoting partnerships and fostering co-operation. The Patient and Family Advisory Committee ultimately serves as an advisory resource to the MAHC organization. It provides:

  • a mechanism for patients and families to provide input in a setting where they receive their care
  • an opportunity for patient and families to actively participate in the development of new programs, facility changes and new processes
  • a venue for patients and families to have input into policy and program development 

Recruitment of Patient/Family Advisors

A focused recruitment drive will occur as necessary or as vacancies arise.  If you are interested in applying to the Patient and Family Advisory Committee, please print the form and send your completed application to Executive Assistant Christine Loshaw.  The application process will include a short interview and a satisfactory criminal reference check.  Following the formal process, the applicant will be notified about the outcome of their application and will be required to submit the results of a negative 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) test and provide proof of immunization.

Candidates for Patient/Family Advisors should be able to:

  • Share insights and information about their experiences at MAHC in ways that others can learn from them
  • Listen well
  • Respect the perspectives of others
  • Speak comfortably in a group with candor
  •  Interact well with people
  • Work in partnership with others
  • See beyond their own personal experiences
  • Show concern for more than one issue or agenda
  • Participate in meetings held at a variety of times for a two-year term

Meet the Inaugural Patient and Family Advisory Committee

MAHC is pleased to introduce its Patient and Family Advisory Committee.  Read more in our news release

MAHC's Patient and Family Advisory Committee















Front row (from left) are Robert Martin, Donna Denny, Pat Looker and Aaron Goodchild. Back row (from left) are MAHC Executive Assistant Christine Loshaw, Trudy Franklin, Linda Shier, Debbie Provan, HDMH Manager of Support Services Bev Leslie-Suddaby, and Brian Ferguson. Absent from photo is Tammy Purvis-Ford.