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The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, a non-profit organization founded in 1992, takes pride in providing essential leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. By promoting collaborative, empowering relationships among patients, families, and health care professionals, IPFCC facilitates patient- and family-centered change in all settings where individuals and families receive care and support.

IPFCC also serves as a central resource for policy makers, administrators, program planners, direct service providers, educators, design professionals, and patient and family leaders.

Nationally and internationally recognized for leadership in promoting organizational change, IPFCC received the 2009 Picker Award for Excellence in Patient-Centered Care, presented at the International Society for Quality in Health Care meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

Mission: The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care advances the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. In partnership with patients, families, and health care professionals, the Institute seeks to integrate these concepts into all aspects of health care.

IPFCC accomplishes its mission through education, consultation, and technical assistance; materials development and information dissemination; research; and strategic partnerships.

Vision: We at the Institute envision a profound change in the way health care is provided to individuals and their families. In every encounter, health and human service professionals will seek to build on the strengths of patients and families, enhancing their confidence and competence. The health care delivery system will recognize and encourage patient and family strengths, choice, and independence.

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Institute Awards

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care received:

  • The 2009 Picker Organizational Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, presented at the International Society for Quality in Health Care meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Read More...

Bev Johnson, the Institute's President and CEO, received:

  • The 2011 Dorland Health People Award for leadership in the area of patient- and family-centered care.
  • The 2008 Stanley Graven Award for outstanding contribution to, and presented by, the National Perinatal Association.
  • The 2007 Stan and Mavis Graven Award for Leadership, at the 20th Annual Gravens Conference on the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High-Risk Infant. The award acknowledges the contributions of an individual who has shown outstanding leadership, innovation, and creativity in enhancing the physical and developmental environments for high-risk infants and their families.
  • The 2007 Changemaker Award by the Board for the Center for Health Care Design.
  • The 1992 Lloyd Bentsen Award for leadership for family-centered care.
  • The 1990 Humanitarian Award from Pediatric Nursing.