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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 14, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Governor Susana Martinez has declared tomorrow, April 16, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in New Mexico. Presbyterian Healthcare Services will be highlighting advance healthcare planning and will have volunteers at each of its primary care facilities to answer questions from patients and families regarding advanced directives and healthcare planning. We encourage patients to use this day to think about their healthcare plans and to share them with their families.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. The national initiative is to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

Advance healthcare planning is simply thinking about what types of medical care are most in line with a person’s faith, values and personal definition of quality of life. Spending this time reflecting about what type of care he or she may want or does not want, and how he or she wants to be cared for, will allow patients to develop a plan that can offer valuable peace of mind to patients, their families and friends.

A written advance healthcare directive is a formal document that has two important parts. The first part allows a patient to name a person or persons to act as a Healthcare Decision Maker for him/her if they are unable to make their own healthcare decisions. The second part of the document offers the chance to describe how the patient wants to be cared for and defines exactly what type of care he/she wants or does not want to receive.

You can view Advanced Directives below:

For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit the official website. This site has a very helpful three-minute video on the topic of Advance Directives.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian employees more than 9,000 respected employees.

Media Inquiries:

Niki Allcorn
Communications Specialist