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Your Decision Matters

The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative, now in its third year, is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions.

April 16th has been designated National Healthcare Decisions Day! The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative, now in its third year, is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions.

The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person's wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of health care facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance health care planning to their patients.

A person should consider an Advance Directive if any of the following are true:
  • If you want to be sure that your voice is heard when you can no longer speak.
  • If you want to be sure that your wishes are respected and followed in the event that you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself.
  • If there is a time that you suffer from a terminal condition and do not want to be placed on life support machines or receive other life-prolonging treatment.
  • If there are times that you do not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other heroic measures to be preformed.


For more information about Advance Directives, including Advance Directive forms, please visit, meritcare.com KEYWORD: Advance Directive. They are available at no charge. And, if you have already completed an Advance Directive, please make sure copies are in your medical record and available to your family.

When it comes to health care, "your decisions matter," however, others need to know your wishes to honor them. There are no wrong answers when thinking about health care choices and completing an Advance Directive. Please use April 16, 2010, to decide, discuss, and document your wishes, whatever they may be.