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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Tift Regional Health System (TRHS), 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, TRHS is encouraging the public to use the resources available to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives in accordance with Georgia state laws.  Advance directives include healthcare power of attorney and a living will.

TRHS is using April 16 to encourage the community to partake in free information about advance healthcare planning and advance directive forms.  TRHS aims to inform area residents about the importance of advance care planning. The primary focus is for patients to make decisions now that can guide their future healthcare in the event that an emergency arises or if they become too unwell or unable to communicate at a later date.
“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 Mindy McStott, RN, Vice President of Quality Management at TRHS.  “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.”
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