Free Community Forum November 9: Advance Directives & Planning for End-of-Life Care
Do you know what kind of medical care you would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? On November 9, 2010, SJRMC will sponsor a free community forum, “The Difficult Conversation: Advance Directives & Planning for End-of-Life Care.”
The forum will be held at Noon and a repeat session at 6 pm in the Education Center, located in the hospital at 5215 Holy Cross Parkway in Mishawaka.
Advance directives are legal documents that you prepare while you are medically and mentally capable and are intended to direct your medical care if you become unable to do so in the future.
Advance directives provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on. Advance directives can ONLY be used if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Father James Foster, CSC, MD, the Ethics Consultant for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, is the Director of the Center for Health Sciences Advising at the University of Notre Dame. Father Foster currently teaches Introduction to Clinical Ethics for undergraduate pre-med students.
Richard Korman, Esq. is the General Counsel for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, overseeing legal issues, compliance, and patient privacy and security. Mr. Korman has practiced health care law for more than 15 years.
This free one-hour forum will include time for questions and will cover topics such as:
• A Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, is a legal document in which you name someone close to you to make decisions about your health care in the event you become incapacitated.
• A Living Will is a legal document in which you state the kind of health care you want or don’t want under certain circumstances and allows your health care providers to administer treatment accordingly.
• Finding support to help address moral, ethical and religious concerns.
In addition, state-specific Advance Directives documents will be available to complete at the seminar or take home to complete. There is no cost to attend. Free valet parking is available at the main hospital entrance.
The event is sponsored by the SJRMC Ethics Committee. For more information call 574.335.2351.