WHO WILL SPEAK FOR YOU?
National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 – Your Decisions Matter
April 16, 2017 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.
In keeping with the Mission and Values of St. Mary’s Healthcare, particularly our respect for human dignity, St Mary’s encourages individuals to participate in advance healthcare decision-making. Advance Directives enable an individual to articulate their wishes in a written document and name an agent to speak for them if they cannot; when needed, the document is a gift to those who can be reassured that they are carrying out their loved ones wishes.
Without direction, making healthcare decisions for someone you love in times of extreme circumstances can be emotionally draining and challenging.
SAVE THE DATE OF WEDNESDAY, MAY 31. On Wednesday, May 31 St. Mary’s will be holding a day called “Living and Healing with Serious Illness” at the Carondelet Pavilion on Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam. Members of the St. Mary’s Palliative Care and Community Hospice teams will be present to answer questions about advance directives. For more information about advance directives, please visit our website at www.smha.org and locate the Palliative Care web page. Registration information for the May 31 event will be forthcoming.
There are national on-line resources that are easily accessible at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org and Advance Care planning forms can be found at www.health.ny.gov/forms/doh-1430.pdf. National Healthcare Decisions Day reminds us that each individual has the right and the privilege of making their own decisions regarding their health care; completing an Advance Directive helps loved ones, especially in times of extreme emotional distress, to know that they are honoring and respecting those choices.
Sr. Joan Mary Hartigan, Vice President, Mission Integration
Amy L. Courtoies, MSW, ACSW, Director, Palliative Care