Patient Family Advisory Council

Family EngagementFormed in 2017, the MHA statewide PFAC is comprised of patients, family members, patient advocates, hospital staff and providers in Missouri. One of only a handful of state-level councils in the nation, MHA's PFAC is focused on increasing the role of patients and family members to improve health care delivery, health outcomes and reignite joy in work through improved patient-provider relationships.

Recognized as a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services priority focus area in 2018, MHA’s statewide PFAC serves to provide leadership and support to advocate for the sustainable integration of patient and family engagement across the care continuum in Missouri to achieve the Quadruple Aim. 

The Challenge

MHA's Statewide PFAC challenges every hospital in the state of Missouri to identify at least one nonemployee patient or family member serving on at least one committee within the organization by July 2020. 

Patient Family Engagement RoadmapWe encourage all hospitals to accept this challenge and achieve this critical PFE goal. Use this Patient and Family Engagement Roadmap as a strategic guide throughout your journey.  It outlines and provides links to resources to support hospitals progression in achieving a “yes” answer to all 12 PFE metrics. 

PFAC Thermometer - 42%


Missouri Hospital Progress

MHA surveys all Missouri hospitals based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ five PFE metrics to assess the level of patient and family engagement within hospitals. Missouri hospitals’ progress will be updated quarterly.

The last date of data collection was February 2020.


  • Key Outcome Objectives
  • Council Action Items
  • Membership
  • PFAC Resources
  • Vlog Series


  • We will ensure the council remains comprised of patients, family members, hospital staff and community leaders from across the state.
  • We will serve to inform broader health care initiatives and policy from a patient and family perspective.
  • We will aim to promote a statewide culture of health, integrating the patient and family perspective.
  • We will provide a consumer voice that is critical to achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs.
  • We will provide resources, support and expertise to meet these objectives.


The council's goal is to complete the following actions in the first three years of formation.

  • Action 1: Identify metrics to evaluate statewide progress and to base supportive programming, resources and tools that raise awareness of the patient and family perspective.
  • Action 2: Inform, at a state level, common themes and issues that detract from the health care experience; provide insight and feedback for interventions.
  • Action 3: Collaborate with MHA on development of strategies and resources and support dissemination of these across the state
  • Action 4: Serve as mentors and liaisons to members developing internal PFACs
  • Action 5: Assist in understanding and deployment of health literacy and disparity reduction initiatives


Membership Application

To join the MHA PFAC, fill out the membership application. If you have a questions, contact Alison Williams at

Membership Demographics

  • comprised of 23 members
    • 12 clinical/hospital staff members representing:
      • large health systems
      • medium-sized hospitals
      • small rural hospitals
      • roles include CNO, director of patient experience, patient safety, social worker, clinical quality
    • 1 Physician
    • 10 patient/family members:
      • 2 full-time employed patient advocates
      • 5 serve on their local hospital’s PFAC
      • 3 nonhospital-employed patient advocates

MHA PFAC Membership List

  • Amy Camp, Patient, Caregiver Advocate
  • Amy McLean, NICU Family Support Manager, Mercy Hospital St. Louis
  • Celia McGraw, Manager of Care Redesign, Mercy Health
  • David Durbin, Patient Advocate/Attorney at Law
  • DeeJo Miller, Patient and Family Engagement Program Manager/Patient Advocate, Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Denise L. Williams, Director – Patient Safety/Patient Advocate, Mercy Health
  • Dr. Li Ern Chen, Physician
  • Eran Dawson, Patient Experience Coordinator/Patient Advocate, Citizens Memorial Hospital
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Kruvand; Coordinator, Family Partner Program/Patient Advocate; St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Jolie Smith, Patient Advocate
  • Kayln Lambert, System Director of Patient Experience, CoxHealth
  • Lauren De La Torre, Patient Advocate, Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Laurie Hines; Patient, Caregiver Advocate (2020 Co-Chair)
  • Martha Johnson; Manager, Patient and Provider Experience; Boone Hospital Center
  • Mary Carroll Burton; Group Manager, Clinical Quality, CCE; BJC HealthCare
  • Maureen McGuire, Patient Advocate
  • Myleah Shrimpton, Community Advocate
  • Patti Bradley, Sr. Director of Patient Experience, North Kansas City Hospital
  • Shaunda Hawkins, Patient Advocate, Liberty Hospital
  • Sheryl Chadwick, Patient and Family Engagement Program Manager/Patient Advocate, Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Stacie Hollis, Patient, Caregiver Advocate
  • Tina Jones; Director, Quality, Risk and Patient Experience (2020 Co-Chair); Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
  • Treniece Murphy, Patient Advocate, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Part 1: Li Ern Chen, M.D., MSCS

Part 2: Tina Jones, MHA, CPXP

Director of Quality, Risk and Patient Experience | Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare

Part 3: Laurie Hines

Director at Missouri Kidney Program, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Part 4: Martha Johnson

Manager of Patient Experience, Volunteer Services and Gift Shop, Boone Hospital Center

Parts 5 & 6: Denise Williams, R.N., BSN, CPPS, CPHQ

Director of Patient Safety, Mercy Health