National Healthcare Decisions Day – July 16, 2020

Memorial Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is participating in an initiative to highlight the importance of advance care planning—National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Join us at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, for a webinar about the importance of advance care planning and how you can contribute to this important effort.

As a participating organization, MHS encourages all adults to participate in conversations with their families, loved ones and providers about their wishes for future healthcare treatment. The goal is to ensure that people receive the medical care that they would want if they were in a situation in which they were unable to express their wishes.

MHS materials and tools, including advance directives, can be found here.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our communities can expect to be better equipped to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives when appropriate,” said Julie Bobell, MHS education liaison.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient before a crisis, and healthcare providers will be able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Call Julie at 217-415-8162 to register for the NHDD webinar.

Established Memorial Physician Services patients have the opportunity to use our Advance Care Planning services to help with these meaningful conversations and complete advance directives when appropriate. To learn more, or to set up your appointment, please call Gina Groff, LCSW, at 217-757-7253.

If you or your organization are interested in more education surrounding Advance Care Planning and National Healthcare Decisions Day, please contact Julie Bobell at 217-415-8162.