Do You Have a Plan? April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day

  • Are you responsible for making medical decisions for a parent?
  • Would your children wonder how to make decisions for you in the future?

who will speakYour quality of life should never be left up to a guess. Give your loved ones a gift, Peace of Mind. Let them know what is important to you in a healthcare emergency before it happens.

April 16th is National Healthcare Decision Day, an annual event which aims to help people across the country understand the value of Advance Care Planning (ACP).  ACP is the process of discussing what a person’s health care decisions would be if they were unable to make them, designating and preparing a Patient Advocate to make those decisions.

Based on the internationally renowned Respecting Choices® model developed by Gundersen Lutheran Health System in Wisconsin,  Mercy Health offers trained ACP facilitators to assist patients, colleagues and community members to sit down for a conversation about their values, goals, beliefs and treatment preferences that will help them communicate their wishes with their advocate, family and healthcare providers.

During the week of April 17 – 21 representatives of the Mercy Health Advance Care Planning program will be available The Urban Platter from noon-1:30 p.m. to assist you in taking an active role in your health care decisions.

If you cannot attend this event, but would still like more information about Advance Care Planning please visit our website at  or contact ACP Program Coordinator Nicky Lewis at or 685-6115.

8 out of 10 people strongly believe it’s important to put their wishes in writing. 2 out of 10 people actually do so.

At Mercy Health, we strive to change the stereotype of Advance Care Planning.






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