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April 10, 2013

National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16

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

This is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

Research shows that the general public has many misconceptions about advance healthcare planning and advance directives, including:

  • A living will and a healthcare power of attorney are the same.
  • Advance directives are only used for limiting care.
  • A lawyer is needed to draft an advance directive and/or that is hard to do.
  • Severe illness or a catastrophic injury will never happen to them.

To learn more about National Health Care Decisions Day and advance directives, visit the informational tables in the lobbies of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center or the MHS corporate offices on April 16. Or, contact the Pastoral Services Department at (402) 354-4016.

For additional helpful resources, visit www.nhdd.org.