WESTMED is a supporter of advance care planning,
encouraging all patients age 18 and older to complete a Health Care
Proxy. National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) in April brings it to a
focus. The day is now an entire week of
events from April 16- 22nd to
emphasize the value of early decision making.
A proxy for everyone is our goal. Having a Health
Care Proxy (HCP) document is the first step to ensuring that the care you want
is the care you get in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.
We are a local success collecting more than 250 advance
directives per month through grassroots efforts in routine care. Are you among them?
loved ones can’t act on your wishes unless they know what they are.
conversation. Talk about your values and experiences, what’s important to you.
It can be a bit scary at first, but it’s a great gift for the people who care
If you already have a Health Care Proxy, mail it in to
your primary care doctor any time in the month of April.
If you do not have a Health Care Proxy document, visit
patient information page
to download a health care proxy document
Remember, you & your decisions matter.