Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patient and Family Advisory Council
At Simmons Cancer Center, we build cancer care around the wide-ranging needs of our patients and their caregivers. The Patient and Family Advisory Council was created and developed with generous support from Kim and Jeff Chapman to identify and address patients’ needs and ensure the highest level of comprehensive, compassionate care.
To achieve this goal, we conduct regular listening sessions with patients and families who serve on the council. Members share their views on all aspects of the cancer journey. Their input guides our efforts to create an uplifting care environment, offer patient-centered services, and enable access to clinical trials.
The council functions as a highly engaged and strategic partner to:
- Identify gaps in the patient care experience
- Support patients and their families in becoming informed advocates for their care
- Initiate ideas for policies, programs, projects, and services within patient care
- Provide ongoing opportunities to hear the voices, experiences, and perspectives of patients and their families
“The Patient and Family Advisory Council means a lot to me because it provides me an outlet to share my story with hospital leaders and to be a voice for patients and their advocates. One of the most important advancements in cancer care has been the empowerment of advocates, case managers, and support structures for those going through the cancer journey.”
Kim Chapman, Founder
Judy Devlin, M.S.N., APRN, ANP-C, AOCNP
John Mansour, M.D., Division Chief of Surgical Oncology
Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Support Services Manager
Patient and Family Advisory Council Members
Mary Ellen Garland