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Patient and Family Advisory Council Program



The Patient and Family Advisory Council serves an important role in promoting our patient-focused care. It offers a forum for patients and families to give input regarding our programs and policies, identifying opportunities to optimize the patient experience.

Are you a patient or family member of a patient who would be an asset to the Patient and Family Advisory Council? Apply today!


The Patient and Family Advisory Council meets 10 evenings in a yearlong term. Meetings last no longer than two hours, food is served and parking validation is available.

Who Should Apply?


An ideal candidate is someone who:

  • have been a patient or family member of a patient who received care at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • enjoys working with others in a positive and productive manner, provides constructive feedback, and is committed to collaboration
  • demonstrates a focus on improving healthcare services and programs
  • has the ability to see beyond personal experiences to assist us in continuing to evolve for the future

Please note that not everyone who applies to this program will be accepted. Selections will be made solely based upon the needs, focus (e.g., diagnosis) and composition of the Council at the time. For more information, please contact

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