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Volunteer opportunity: improving the patient experience

Are you willing to dedicate some time to helping the Upstate Cancer Center?

A group that advocates for patients is looking for 10 to 12 additional adult members who are current or former patients, family members, caregivers or Upstate staffers.

The Patient and Family Advisory Committee works to improve patients‘ experiences in everything from parking and transportation to programs, signage and support groups.

The group has about a half dozen current members. In its earlier, larger form, the group gave suggestions about the creation of the Cancer Center, which opened in 2014, says Matthew Capogreco, program and events coordinator for the center.

Those interested in joining should be willing to attend monthly or quarterly committee meetings and do subcommittee work, such as research.

“Compassion, empowerment, knowledge, collaboration and motivation are what is needed for the work,” Capogreco says, echoing the group‘s mission statement. “It‘s about improving the patient experience and complementing what‘s already here.”

Email Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu or call him at 315-464-3605 to volunteer.

Layout 1This article appears in the winter 2016 issue of Cancer Care magazine.