Living Wills/Advance Directives
In 1991, all hospitals were required to ask each patient if he or she had an advance directive (living will) and also to ask if it was on file at their hospital.
Our hospital complies with this law. If you do not have a living will, we are required to give you information.
A living will expresses your wishes for your healthcare treatment to be carried out when you are not capable of communicating your wishes. You should identify a healthcare power of attorney who will carry out your wishes when you are not able to make decisions for your care.
Social workers are available to discuss your concerns. Dial extension 2219 for more information. If there is no answer, have the nurse page the social worker for you.
Hospital chaplains are on call in the hospital Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week, including holidays. The staff or the hospital operator can contact a chaplain for you.
If you desire a visit from your pastor, priest, rabbi, or other spiritual leader, our chaplains are always happy to assist you by contacting your clergy. Speak to the chaplains as they make their visits.
Ministers are asked to visit only those people in their own parishes or congregations.