Advanced Directives in a Hospital Setting

At a Member Care seminar in March, one of the subjects discussed was the need for advanced directives and, specifically, what they are. At that time, there was a request for additional information.As a follow up to that request, Martin Breeden, Vice President of Mission Services at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center spoke about the need for advanced directives in a hospital setting.  His information included a discussion of the hospitals in the Dignity Health system;  some are under the direction of the Catholic Diocese while others are not.Mr. Breeden emphasized the importance of having advanced directives in place so that personal wishes can be followed in a crisis and not left tochildren or other family members.  Specific cases were discussed that required end of life decisions.In each of the packets was a Healthcare (Medical) Power of Attorney as well as a Medical Living Will.  Copies of these are available at the church office and it suggested that these be with you when you go to the hospital or travel.  The church office has the packet available and has a copy of the Medical Power of Attorney and the Medical Living Will if you would like to have this document to travel with you.