Kenmore Mercy Hosts Advance Healthcare Directives Workshop

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May 20, 2009

In today’s unpredictable world, advance healthcare directives (documents that inform others of your healthcare preferences) have become increasingly important, especially to help avoid conflict about an individual’s care.

To address this growing need, Kenmore Mercy Hospital will host a free community health education workshop entitled “Who Will Make Your Healthcare Decisions When You Can’t?” on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Community Room.

Joan Davis, RN, Catholic Health Continuing Care Physician Liaison, and Kathy Kanaley, Patient Representative at Kenmore Mercy, will discuss how to ensure your wishes are followed using advance directives, including a living will, healthcare power of attorney, medical orders for life sustaining treatment and healthcare proxy.

“Older adults are more likely to use advance directives, which are documents that give instructions about healthcare choices or appoint someone to make medical treatment decisions, but young people have as much at stake when they have not expressed their wishes,” said Kathy Kanaley, Patient Representative at Kenmore Mercy. “By putting everything in writing, you ensure that the information is available to your appointed healthcare agent, doctor, or hospital.”

Registration is required for this program and space is limited.

For more information or to register before June 2, 2009, call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112.