HMH TO HOST A HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY EVENT
Hardin Memorial Health along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2013 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). National Healthcare Decisions Day is designated each year to encourage Americans across the country to make their future healthcare decisions known to their family, friends, and healthcare providers. It is important to take the time to have this difficult conversation with family members and share decisions in advance, regarding what life-prolonging treatment and artificially provided nutrition and hydration are desired. In completing a Kentucky Living Will for Healthcare Decisions, patients provide confidence to their families and physician in following what their wishes are when they no longer have decisional capacity, and/or if you are permanently unconscious, have a terminal condition in which there is no cure or you are unable to recover.
As a participating organization, Hardin Memorial Health is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare surrogate and living will) in accordance with Kentucky state laws. These resources are available at www.hmh.net. We encourage citizens to complete their own advance directives so that we may be better equipped in handling end of life decisions. The Patient Advocates will be providing information to the public in the hospital’s main admission area on Wednesday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please stop by the booth and complete your living will and pick-up additional information. If you are unable to attend the event and would like more information about healthcare decisions, please contact our Patient Advocates at (270) 706-1327.
“Advance care planning is something we ALL should do and encourage others to do, regardless of age or current health. Discussing your wishes can be one of the most important gifts you ever give your loved ones,” said Carol Waldemayer, Patient Advocate, Hardin Memorial Hospital “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, including free advance directive resources, or to share this event with family or friends, visit www.nhdd.org or www.facebook.com/nationalhealthcaredecisionsday