Youth-Patient Advisory Council

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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.” 


  • Discussed and reviewed the layout and design of the new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion (CHWP)
  • Collaborated with the new Pediatric IV Team to give input on patient preferences
  • Gave suggestions and made selections for snack options, offered on inpatient units
  • Gave input about room technology for the new CHWP
  • Applied for and awarded Volunteer Advisory Grant FOR $2000 to create an optimal patient friendly experience in the Rutledge Tower pediatric blood draw lab
  • 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
  • Visited the CHWP site and painted a picnic table used by the construction team
  • Shared opinions for artwork for the new SJCH Children’s Hospital
  • Toured construction site of new hospital

Want to become a member? Membership guidelines

  • Must be a patient or sibling of a patient at MUSC Children’s Health (13-18 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
  • Live locally and family is able to provide transportation (all meetings will be held at MUSC) 

How to join

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