Advisory Council of Teens

ACT Mission and Goals

Child Life Program Act Mission and Goals

  • To give pediatric patients the opportunity to provide suggestions in an effort to strengthen pediatric services in the hospital
  • To participate in community service projects
  • To improve the hospital atmosphere and quality of care for patients and their families
  • To act as a "voice" for current pediatric patients

ACT Members' Selection Process and Stats

  • ACT members are nominated by hospital staff or personally express interest
  • Members must be previous or current patients between the ages of 12 - high school graduation
  • Members must be willing to participate in, and contribute to, meetings and special events
  • Members must commit to ACT for a minimum of one year
  • Applications/Brochures are available, please email us at ACT@hmc.psu.edu for more information

ACT Coordinators

  • Carrie Myers, BS, CCLS,
    Certified Child Life Specialist
    Emergency Department
     
  • Tiff Horner, CLA
    Child Life Assistant
    Inpatient

 

 

 

What We're Working on Now

  • Promoting ACT through hospital related media events (CMN Radiothon, CMN Telethon, public relations posters)

ACT Accomplishments

  • Created ACT brochure to educate patients, families, and staff about our council
  • Designed ACT logo which we used to create ACT T-shirts
  • Created a bulletin board to share information about ACT for staff, patient, and family members
  • Participated in community service events
  • Redecorated the Teen Lounge
  • Donated teen magazines to the Teen Lounge, Emergency Department, and Outpatient Waiting Areas
  • Designed location boards for each patient room so patients can let their visitors know where they are
  • Met with food services to improve menu options for pediatric patients
  • Implemented new design for pediatric pajamas
  • Created a "Child's Rights" document for pediatric patients
  • Participated in Hospital Events - Children's Hospital Move Day, CMN Telethon, Holiday Toy Shop
  • Provided input on amenities in the new Children's Hospital (GetWell Network, Scavenger Hunt)

 

Future Projects

  • To develop a questionnaire for feedback from pediatric patients about our hospital's services
  • To create a buddy system for newly diagnosed patients to be paired up with a current or previous patient with a similar diagnosis
  • To create a quarterly newsletter (“A.C.T.ion”) for pediatric patients, which will include fun activities, such as a word search or crossword puzzle

Why I Became A Member

 

Katie, age 17

 

I chose to become a member of ACT because I feel obligated to give back to the hospital that saved my life. Also, because I am honored to be able to help improve the lives of the patients at the hospital. Being a member of ACT has helped educate me on other departments and areas of the hospital and has given me an even more positive outlook on the community and the wonderful people in it.