For Immediate release: April 15, 2014
AtlantiCare is joining healthcare organizations across the country in promoting the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as one way to enhance quality of care on April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day.
"Putting your wishes in writing ahead of time takes a huge burden off the shoulders of your family," said Deborah Bayer, DO, medical director, AtlantiCare Hospice. "If you become seriously ill, your family will be stressed and grieving. The last thing they will need is the moral obligation of deciding which tests and procedures you would have wanted performed."
AtlantiCare regularly provides information about and tools for constructing advance directives to hospital, outpatient, primary, and specialty care patients.
Advance directives describe a variety of legal documents which provide guidance to healthcare professionals and to other caregivers about a person's wishes for medical care. Three common advance directive documents include:
Tips for an advance directive:
For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.
For more information about POLST, visit the New Jersey Hospital Association website.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,221 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.
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