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Lutheran Hospital Raises Awareness of National Healthcare Decisions Day

Lutheran staff available to chat with visitors and share materials April 16

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Wednesday, April 2, 2014) – Lutheran Hospital, along with other organizations across the country, is stressing the importance of advance healthcare decision making which has resulted in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

To support this campaign, a team of Lutheran associates from palliative care, pastoral care and the Lutheran Cancer Resource Center are sharing information and materials about multiple issues including appointment of a healthcare power of attorney and creation of a living will. Anyone is welcome to visit Lutheran’s main lobby near the chapel between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Questions regarding Lutheran’s awareness effort may be directed to Susan Berghoff at (260) 435-7100.

"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 these important decisions and gives them some direction 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."

NHDD organizers are seeking to raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning on April 16 as well as throughout the year. More information about the 7th Annual NHDD is available at nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org .


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