Youth-Patient Advisory Council

Members of the Youth-Patient Advisory Council

The Youth-Patient Advisory Council (Y-PAC) at MUSC Children’s Health works to improve health care for children and their families. Y-PAC members advise staff and administrators on issues important to medical care, hospitalization, hospital environments, and policy, through the eyes of a patient or sibling of a patient.

Mission statement

“To represent the patients’ voice, through advocacy and communication, enhancing how patients experience healthcare and environments at MUSC Children’s Health.” 


  • Worked with Arts and Healing Program to create and paint a mural at the R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion
  • Discussed and reviewed the layout and design of the new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion
  • Gave suggestions and made selections for snack options offered on inpatient units
  • Gave input about room technology for the new Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital
  • Was featured in the Country Music TV special “Hometown Heroes” with Darius Rucker and participated in the unveiling of the new Child Life Teen Room
  • Talked with Pediatric Anesthesia about how to best communicate with teenagers
  • Shared opinions for artwork for the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital
  • Toured construction site of new hospital
  • Rounded on nursing units to assess needs of units

Want to become a member? Membership guidelines

  • Must be a patient or sibling of a patient at MUSC Children’s Health (13-17 years of age)
  • Must be able to attend monthly Thursday evening Council meetings on a regular basis
  • Willing to participate in hospital-related special events
  • Should be comfortable speaking in group setting and sharing thoughts and opinions with peers and health care team
  • Must live locally and family is able to provide transportation (all meetings will be held at MUSC) 

How to join

  • Y-PAC members wearing Youth-Patient Advisory Council shirtsComplete Youth-Patient Advisor application (PDF) 
  • Attach a recommendation from someone other than a family member (doctor, health care team member, family friend)

Have questions about the Youth-Patient Advisory Council?
e-mail Betsy McMillan or call 843-792-7064