Gazette: Mercyhealth to Offer Free Advance Care Planning Next Week

Mercyhealth will observe National Health Care Decisions Day on Monday by offering free advance-care planning services all week.

An advance plan can help people and their families when an unexpected accident or illness occurs, according to a news release.

 Mercyhealth also will recognize its health care providers who help people through difficult planning decisions, according to the release.

“Advance-care planning is much more than living wills,” Kristine Phillips, director of the intensive care unit at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville, said in the release.

“It is a process that focuses on a conversation about personal values regarding health care choices and sharing those wishes with loved ones, so the right person and message is conveyed to doctors should you not be able to speak for yourself.”

 Throughout the week, Mercyhealth’s two dozen facilitators will provide information on advance-care planning involving community groups, churches, family and friends, according to the release.

Free private appointments can be arranged by contacting Mercyhealth at 608-756-8248 or advancedcareplanning.mhemail.org.

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