Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Participates in National Healthcare Decisions Day - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on April 09, 2015

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare to Participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day

Events Scheduled for St. Francis Hospital and Franklin Hospital on April 16

Glendale, WI – Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare will take part in a national movement to engage the public on the importance of advance health care planning by hosting events at two hospital locations on Thursday, April 16 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Governor Walker has asked health care organizations in the state to reach out to their local communities in support of National Healthcare Decisions Day in order to provide education and assistance in obtaining advanced directives. The day, which has been formally proclaimed as National Healthcare Decisions Day throughout the State of Wisconsin by the Governor, was created to share information with the public as they understand, reflect on and discuss their future medical decisions and preferences. According to the proclamation, it is estimated that only 20% of Wisconsin citizens and less than 50% of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive.

Advance Directive Open Houses will take place on Thursday, April 16 from 10 am – 2 pm at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis (Café), 3237 S. 16th Street and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin (Lobby), 10101 S. 27th Street. Attorneys, social workers, clinical ethicists and chaplains will be on hand to answer questions and help those who would like to complete a Power of Attorney for Health Care document. Interpreters for Spanish-speaking community members will also be available to assist.

"We understand the importance of giving our patients the ability to make their own health care decisions and to name a designated spokesperson when they are unable to speak for themselves," said Ed Harasim, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Vice President of Mission Services. "As an organization, we are committed to providing them with the knowledge and support they need to do so."

The public may download a Power of Attorney for Health Care document and learn more about advance directives right on mywheaton.org.

"Educating patients about their options is crucial to ensuring their wishes are carried out in the event they are unable to make their own health care choices," explained Karen Smith, Clinical Ethicist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day.