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Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) – Cottage Grove, OR

PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Medical Center
PeaceHealth Medical Group

"Our Patient Family Advisory Council created a retirement/relocation letter that is now sent to patients when their physician retires or moves, so the patient can find another physician.” 


Our PFAC worked with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Alliance and South Lane Mental Health to start a syringe exchange program, in Cottage Grove, to reduce harm to those in the community who inject drugs intravenously.

Other accomplishments

  • Non-smoking policy on hospital grounds
  • Contributed to patient education materials regarding:
    • Admissions
    • Chronic versus acute pain for Emergency Department patients
    • A remote hospitalist video


  • Founded in 2011
  • Meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month

Contact Lana Sherwin, director of nursing, for more information.