Mission of the PAC
The PAC is committed to enhancing the quality of life for End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients through education, communication, and active representation.
Who are PAC members?
A PAC member is either an ESRD patient, transplant recipient, care partner, or family member of a dialysis patient. PAC representatives act as the voice for ESRD patients and are passionate about improving the quality of life for their fellow patients. PAC members are volunteers who are nominated by their facility social worker.
What does the PAC do?
The roles of the PAC include, but are not limited to:
- Meet and great new patients to the facility
- Assist in the creation of educational material for patients.
- Participant on Network hosted conference calls, as needed
- Review material developed by the Network to make sure it is “patient-centered”.
- Inform their Network of patient concerns, so the Network can provide education to ALL Network providers.
- Provide advice or patient perspectives to assist with conflict resolutions
Becoming a PAC Member
If you are a dialysis patient, transplant recipient, family member, or care partner and are interested in becoming a PAC member, speak with your dialysis facility social worker or contact the Network.
Your facility social worker can fill out a PAC Nomination Form and fax it back to the Network. Once your social worker has done so, the Network will send you a hard-copy mailing of the PAC Manual, which will include a welcome letter, name tag, your PAC manual, copies of Network publications, Confidentiality Agreement Form, a Participation Agreement Form. These forms must be signed and sent back to the Network either by USPS mail or you can have your dialysis facility fax them for you.
If you are a facility staff member and would like to add or remove a PAC representative, please use the Representative Update Form.
PAC Recruitment Materials:
Annual Patient Advocate Award
The Patient Advisory Committee has created the Annual Patient Advocate Award, to be presented at the Network’s Annual Meeting in 2017.
This Award recognizes a single patient’s accomplishments both within and outside of the dialysis clinic.
You may nominate yourself or another patient advocate. We ask that each nominee:
- Be a resident of Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, living with ESRD (dialysis or transplant);
- Currently serve as a member of the Network’s Patient Advisory Committee (Chair or Representative) or as a Network Subject Matter Expert; and
- Be an active patient advocate whose work has a positive impact on the ESRD community
PAC Individual Recognition of Achievement Award
In recognition of the achievements of our peers who are living with End Stage Kidney Disease, the Patient Advisory Committee of the IPRO ESRD Network of the South Atlantic has instituted the Annual Recognition Award. In addition to the certificate, we will feature the Awardees with a photo and a synopsis of their achievements in our network publications including Kidney Chronicles, Provider Insider, The PAC Speaks and our website and social media.
IPRO ESRD Network of the South Atlantic
Network 6 (GA, SC, NC)
Community Outreach Coordinator