SSM Health to offer workshops on Advance Directives

SSM Health to offer workshops on Advance Directives

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon will be hosting workshops this week as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day. The purpose of the day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

It is a situation many have had the unfortunate experience of facing:  A loved one, for various reasons, has suffered severe injury or illness and is unable to communicate while receiving health care.

The workshops will provide information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives in accordance with Illinois state laws.

Advance directives come in two main forms: 1) A “healthcare power of attorney” (or proxy or “agent” or “surrogate”) documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself. 2) A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

The workshop at Good Samaritan Hospital will be held from 9:30 to 11 am on Tuesday at the St. Raphael Classroom. The workshop at St. Mary’s Hospital will be in the auditorium from 1 to 2:30 pm on Wednesday.

Workshop presenters are SSM Health staff from various departments including Mission, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care, and Social Services.  All adults, no matter what age, can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  Be prepared, learn more and attend these workshops or visit www.nhdd.org.