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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Sandusky, MI – McKenzie Health System (MHS), Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) and Deckerville Community Hospital (DCH), along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, MHS, MRH and DCH are providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Michigan state laws.  These resources are available at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Specifically, on April 16, representatives from all 3 hospitals are welcoming the public to attend one of two sessions:  10:00 a.m. at East Side Manor, 239 Roberts Street in Sandusky, or 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 68 Lexington Street in Sandusky.  In addition to free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms, United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital will be on-site to provide information on end-of-life care options, Home and Hospice Advantage will sharing options for palliative care and there will be information available about Gift of Life organ donations.  Light refreshments will be served compliments of Autumnwood of Deckerville.  If you are planning to attend, please contact Nina at 810-648-6127, Stephanie at 810-376-7015, or Barb at 989-635-4011.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Louise Blasius, LMSW, LPC, Director of Human & Community Services, McKenzie Health System.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

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