The Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) is a way for hospital patients and their family members to get involved, share their expertise, and help enhance the care experience at our hospitals.
Current and former patients and families from Saint-Vincent Hospital, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital and Greystone Transitional Care Unit are welcome to join and help make a difference.
Joining the PFAC is a way to lend your voice and perspective in the planning, delivery and evaluation of our hospital programs.
As a member of the PFAC, we will ask you to participate in monthly committee meetings where you will engage in discussions on topics that are important to our patients. We will also ask for your feedback on policies and procedures that impact our patients' wellbeing and care.
Let's collaborate to maintain a culture of patient and family-centered care at Bruyère.
Looking to contribute in another way?
We are always looking for patient and family champions who can provide input on an ad-hoc basis. This can range from answering a short survey to participating in a focus group on a special topic.
If you want to get involved but may not be able to commit to being a PFAC committee member, we still want to hear from you!
If you are interested in getting involved please complete this online registration form.
For more information or to join the PFAC, contact Christelle Dombou at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-562-6262 ext. 1385.
Meet the PFAC Members
Maria Hocha Hug
I joined PFAC to effect change and improve my husband's (and by default all resident's) experience at Saint-Vincent Hospital.
My name is Heidi Hemdan and I work in the banking and financial industry. I have become a DCP shortly after the admission of my husband to St. Vincent’s. This role allowed me the opportunity to be directly involved in the care of my husband and also see the amazing care provided to the patients at Saint-Vincent Hospital. I later learned about PFAC and joined to be able to leverage my experience, skills and contribute to the enhancement of the patients’ experience and their families.
Graz Macdonald came to be involved in the Bruyère as a result of her mother’s year-long stay there before moving on to long-term care. She had had a very bad fall in her house, and during recovery was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Graz came to have such high regard for the care and attentiveness of all the staff at the Bruyère that she wanted to get involved and give something back, even if only in a small way. By day, Graz works in the power and gas sector as a commercial and regulatory consultant. She has degrees in economics and spends a lot of time with her beautiful geriatric border collie.
Paul Heenan is a 40-year Canadian Army veteran. After retirement, he worked in the Space sector on Canadian satellite capability development and operations. During the COVID pandemic, he became interested in the Health Care industry and its impact on the elderly. He works to advocate on behalf of aging family members who are increasingly dependent on health support services to maintain their quality of life.
I am a man in my late 40’s with a degenerative nerve disorder. I have been a resident of Saint-Vincent Hospital for approximately 1 year prior to that living alone in Condo. Worked for 20+ years in software development. My reasons for joining PFAC are to push forward patient ideas and to feel more useful.
Robert Groves (Bob)
My name is Robert Groves (Bob). I am a PALS (person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and a patient at Saint-Vincent Hospital (SVH). I was born in Ottawa but raised in Alberta and Quebec. I have been married for 49 years and have two grown children and a grandson. I am a trained negotiator, mediator and facilitator, specializing in multi-lateral and asymmetrical negotiations honed by decades of involvement in land claims and constitutional talks with indigenous peoples. I would like to use my expertise in evaluation, policy and governance as well as my current experience as a patient to help strengthen collaboration between patients and families with the hospital, community and governmental systems through PFAC.