Lutheran Hospital Raises Awareness of National Healthcare Decisions Day
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 7, 2015) – Lutheran Hospital joins other organizations across the country in recognizing the importance of advance healthcare decision making. The significance of this dialogue is highlighted annually on National Healthcare Decisions Day.
Lutheran invites the community to its main lobby, near the chapel, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, to learn more about the benefits of advance healthcare decisions. Associates from palliative care, pastoral care and the Lutheran Cancer Resource Center are supporting the campaign by sharing information and materials about multiple types of advance directives, including the establishment of a healthcare power of attorney and the creation of a living will.
“It is important for adults to have a designated person to speak for them if a healthcare issue prevents the person from speaking on their own behalf,” Said Susan Berghoff, RN, OCN, palliative care, Lutheran Hospital. “Filling out advance directive forms designates the individual you want to make important decisions and gives them some directions as to your wishes. The best control you have is to communicate your wishes, and to make it legal by completing the required forms while you are still healthy.”
Generating awareness of the importance of advance healthcare decisions is a year-round goal at Lutheran. Questions about National Healthcare Decisions Day and the campaign may be directed to Berghoff at (260) 435-7100. For more information, visit NationalHealthcareDecisionsDay.org.