Information on advanced directives will be available to the public in the lobby
Vermont Business Magazine On April 16, in celebration of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD), the Ethics Committee at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) and the Vermont Ethics Network, encourages the public to take the time to plan for their future. From 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on April 16 in the NVRH front lobby, trained volunteers will be available to assist people with completing an advanced directive and to discuss the importance of proactive decision-making.
An advanced directive is a legal document that tells healthcare providers what treatments one does and does not want performed. It also tells providers who will be speaking on their patient’s behalf.
“Be decisive. Making crucial healthcare decisions well in advance of a crisis makes good sense. The place to discuss advanced medical care is at the kitchen table, not in the ICU,” NVRH Chief Medical Officer Michael Rousse, MD, said.
Talking about your wishes with family, friends, and healthcare providers is important, but there’s more to it than that.
“As a Hospitalist, we too often find that patients had not thought of what they would want in the event of a life threatening illness, or a cardiopulmonary arrest. Leaving these decisions to stunned family members when a crisis occurs often means that your wishes are not followed and a more prolonged and invasive medical course is followed,” Rousse said. “This may be more than you ever would have wished for yourself, so please fill out an advanced directive form and file it with your provider now, while you are well. We will all thank you for being decisive.”
For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nhdd.org and stop by NVRH on April 16 for more information or to complete an advanced directive.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is located in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. NVRH is one of two Vermont hospitals designated as a Baby FriendlyTM hospital by the United Nations. The organization provides primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency services. NVRH serves more than 30,000 people in the Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in Vermont and employs 600.
Source: ST.JOHNSBURY, VT. (April 8, 2019) – NVRH