Youth Patient Advisory Council

Members of the Youth-Patient Advisory Council

The Youth Patient Advisory Council (YPAC) at MUSC Children’s Health works to improve health care for children and their families. YPAC 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?

  • 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

How to join

Have questions about the Youth-Patient Advisory Council?
e-mail Betsy McMillan or call 843-985-1611