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Membership

Members of the Patient & Family Advisory Councils at Geisinger are a cross section of:

  • Patients of Geisinger hospitals and outpatient clinics
  • Family members of patients
  • Hospital staff (emergency department, nurses, hospital administrators, physicians, patient advocates, quality, security, spiritual care, support services, etc.)

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Council member, choose a site of which you wish to become a member, fill out and submit the form linked on that page:

Or you can contact us directly.

What makes a good council member?

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a member of a Geisinger Patient & Family Advisory Council? Here are some of the qualities we look for in members:

  • Commitment to patient advocacy and improving care for all patients and families
  • Active Geisinger patient or family member of an active patient (inpatient or outpatient within the last three years)
  • Listen well and respect the perspectives of many different kinds of people
  • Speak comfortably in a group with candor
  • Show a positive outlook on life and a sense of humor
  • Work in partnership with others
  • Participate in sub-committees or task forces as needed
  • Report any issues or findings back to the Council
  • Attend at least eight meetings each year (meetings held monthly)

Patients or family members need to apply, be interviewed, obtain required background and health clearances, and attend a training session.

Due to limited space on the councils, it is possible that not all applicants will be able to serve. All applications will be kept on file as future openings occur.

Volunteers as council members

Many of the community members on the Patient & Family Advisory Councils learned about the program while volunteering at Geisinger. Learn more about Geisinger's volunteer opportunities.