Pike County Memorial Hospital is a key collaborator in the local effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.
The advance directive assists in making future healthcare decisions clear for family, friends, and healthcare providers.
Tuesday, April 16, has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, PCMH is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives.
Each state has specific regulations regarding healthcare power of attorney and living will.
A PCMH representative will be at Pike Pioneers from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 16 and at the Bowling Green Clinic, EMHS, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19.
Free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms will be available.
“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Judy Prater, RN, director of nursing for PCMH.
“Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”
For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, you may visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or call Judy Prater at 573-754-5531 extension 107.