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National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16

What is National Healthcare Decisions Day? 

National Healthcare Decisions Day, on Tuesday, April 16, exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Understanding Advance Directives

An advance directive is a written statement in which you state your choices for health care, or name someone to make such choices for you if you become unable to make your own decisions about medical treatment.

As a staff member, if you have a patient who is asking about limiting or stopping their treatment or is beginning to make decisions about what they want or don’t want for their health care, an advance directive would be a great suggestion for them.

The most common advance firectives are:   

Do you have your advance directive completed?

Every person of any age or health status can benefit from completing an advance directive. Not sure where to begin? Legal Aid of Iowa and Legal Aid of Nebraska will be available on Tuesday, April 16, to meet with employees.

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
Tuesday, April 16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Resource Center

Legal Aid of Iowa will be on hand to assist employees and visitors by answering questions and helping to complete their advance care planning documents (power of attorney and financial power of attorney). Call Jean Armstrong at (712) 396-4200 with questions.

Methodist Hospital
Tuesday, April 16
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Crane Coffee

Legal Aid of Nebraska will be available for employees to ask questions, gather information and schedule an appointment to draft an advanced care planning document (power of attorney for health care, financial power of attorney, wills, etc.). This service is free of charge for Methodist Health System employees during the month of April.

Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
Tuesday, April 16
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Representatives of the Methodist Health System legal team will offer a presentation titled "Understanding Advance Directives." 

For more information

Visit www.nhdd.org or www.bestcare.org/AdvanceDirectives