Advance health care decision-making is critical

04/06/2010

GREEN BAY – It may be the single most important medical document you fill out, yet many people don’t have it.  It is an advance care directive, a document that clearly spells out the type and extent of medical care you want should you be unable to express your wishes. 

Bellin Health is supporting National Healthcare Decisions Day on Friday, April 16, by educating the public about the need for this document. 

“Every day, families are faced with difficult decisions regarding a loved one’s care, and far too often decisions are made without a clear understanding of what the patient would have wanted,” explains Kari Barrett, service excellence coordinator at Bellin. “That’s why, even though these discussions are difficult to have, they are important at any age.”

On April 16, Bellin representatives will answer questions and provide free advance care directive documents at locations throughout Brown County. The representatives will be available at the following locations:

• Aging and Disability Resource Center, 8 a.m.-noon; 300 South Adams St., Green Bay
• Bellin Health Hospital Lobby, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 744 South Webster Ave., Green Bay
• Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Ashwaubenon, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 1630 Commanche Ave., Green Bay
• Bellin Health Family Medical Center Bellevue, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3263 Eaton Road, Green Bay
• The Cancer TEAM, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 1580 Commanche Ave., Green Bay

“We can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to have an advance care directive,” Barrett said.  “This is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of what it is and does, and sets the stage for discussing your thoughts and wishes with family members.” 

For more information about advance health care directives, please visit www.bellin.org.