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Hi-Desert Medical Center Stresses Importance of
National Healthcare Decisions Day 2012
April 11, 2012
      
A new national survey indicates that Americans are more likely to talk with their children about drug use or sex than with a seriously ill family member about their end-of-life wishes.  National Healthcare Decisions Day -- Monday, April 16 -- is an initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding healthcare through conversations and the completion of advance directives.
  
"The disconnect between a willingness to talk about one's own end-of-life care and talking to others about their illness illustrates one of the reasons why advance care planning is not more prevalent," said Peggy Kennedy, Hi-Desert Medical Center's hospice social worker.
  
Those interested in participating in National Healthcare Decisions Day may stop by Hi-Desert Medical Center's main lobby on Monday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to noon and obtain a free copy of the advance directive form.  Staff will be available that day to assist in completing the forms.  A free downloadable copy of the advance directive form -- along with a list of questions and answers -- is also available on the Hi-Desert Medical Center website.
for the downloadable Advance Directive form