National Health Care Decisions Day

Monday, April 16 has been designated National Health Care Decisions Day.

The National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions. The objectives of National Health Care Decisions Day are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of health care facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance health care planning to their patients.

Carroll Hospital, along with more than 1,000 other national, state and community organizations, is proud to participate in National Health Care Decisions Day. The theme for this year is “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.” On Monday, April 16, from noon to 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 18, from 7 to 9 a.m., join us for National Health Care Decisions Day events taking place in the Shauck Auditorium. You may talk one-on-one with an outpatient palliative care nurse, receive help completing an advance directive, receive education on the importance of advance care planning and have your advance directive be placed on file at the hospital.

Appointments are recommended, but not required, and walk-ins are welcome.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Care Connect at 410-871-7000.

Laurie Luellen is an outpatient palliative care nurse at Carroll Hospital.

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