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Cardiac Family Advisory Council (CFAC)

Our mission is to integrate the patient and family perspective into the vital work of Rady Children’s Heart Institute. Through advocacy and collaboration, we will advance the knowledge of, and excellent care for, people with congenital or acquired heart disease.

What is the CFAC?

The Cardiac Family Advisory Council (CFAC) is a group of committed volunteers that partner with the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute leaders to make meaningful change to benefit patients, clinicians and caregivers. The CFAC represents the family voice.

Who is involved?

The CFAC is comprised of 15 voting family members, partners-in-care and current and former patients. Also in attendance are hospital leaders and patient-care staff.

What topics are the CFAC tackling in 2019?

  • Promoting safety and infection control
  • Supporting the mental well-being of caregivers
  • Helping the transition from adolescent to adult
  • Providing feedback on outreach and family education materials

What has the CFAC done thus far?

Progress from the first four meetings include:

  • Disinfectant wipes are now available next to the access phone outside the CVICU doors.
  • An “ask me if I’ve washed my hands” initiative by the nursing staff  has been launched to help families feel more comfortable speaking up if they believe sanitary efforts may be in question.
  • Posters have been placed throughout the CVICU (including “how-to” diagrams and fliers distributed) to remind ALL family members and visitors to wash their hands while in the unit to ensure the safety of patients.

How can I join?

We ask that prospective members fill out an application and complete a brief interview with a current CFAC member. (Applications are also available through Nichole Elise; email

We are currently at membership capacity. There is a wait list for participation and candidates will be contacted as soon as there is an opening.

View CFAC Charter.

We want your input!

Have a topic for a future CFAC discussion? Please email Nichole Elise at