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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Advance directive opportunity available at benefit fairs

Advance directive opportunity available at benefit fairs

Families struggle to make end-of-life care decisions for dying patients and often experience stress, guilt and regret when they aren’t confident they know their loved one’s wishes. It’s a difficult thing to talk about and that’s why families often avoid the topic.

Because Mountain States feels such a strong commitment to increasing awareness and education for this issue, we are now offering team members the opportunity to receive advance directive education and to complete their directive at all of our locations during team member benefit fairs coming up April 17-28 (see benefit fair schedule here). If you've thought about doing this but kept putting it off, or you didn't know how to go about it, now is the time. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity at our benefit fairs.

The advance directive is a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.

A recent survey by The Conversation Project revealed more than 9 in 10 Americans think it is important to talk about wishes for end-of-life care, yet only 3 in 10 actually hold these discussions.

Mountain States is the initial pilot location for the state kickoff of a campaign called Honoring Choices Tennessee that will be rolling out to other communities in the near future. We’ve joined this effort along with Vanderbilt Health System and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, and will be one of five pilot locations assisting in paving the road for advance directive conversations for other employers/facilities throughout Tennessee.

There are approximately 100,000 full-time employees in hospitals and health systems alone in Tennessee. By equipping a much larger percentage of the health care workforce to educate patients and families at Tennessee hospitals, Honoring Choices Tennessee will be able to positively affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans.

Note: National Healthcare Decision Day is a weeklong event from April 16-22. For more information, visit www.nhdd.org.

Tennessee website: www.advancedirectivesTN.org