ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On April 16, in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Presbyterian Healthcare Services will have Advance Directive Ambassadors available at all Presbyterian Medical Group locations in Albuquerque from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to answer questions about advance care planning and provide advance directive documents.
National data from The Conversation Project, an organization dedicated to helping people talk about end-of-life wishes, shows that most people say advance directives are important, but only about 30 percent of people have one.
National Healthcare Decisions Day focuses on encouraging people to think about advance care planning and advance directives. An advance directive is a legal document about healthcare choices. There are two parts to this document. The first part allows an individual to choose a Healthcare Decision Maker who can speak for them in the event they become unable to voice their wishes. The second part allows an individual to explain what medical support they want or do not want if they become seriously ill. Anyone over the age of 18 can fill out an advance directive.
“Talking about the care that we or our loved ones would want in the face of a serious illness can be tough, but the risk of not talking is that we place our loved ones in the difficult position of having to guess our wishes,” said Lorrie Griego, Program Manager, Advance Care Planning, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “Let’s use April 16 to give ourselves and our loved ones the peace of knowing that in a stressful healthcare situation there will be no need to guess. Create an advance directive, make sure your healthcare provider has a copy and share your wishes with loved ones.”
For the full list of Presbyterian Medical Group locations in Albuquerque visit www.phs.org/locations.
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 has eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,600 employees.