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Griffin Hospital to Mark National Healthcare Decision Day

By Alex Stackpole on 4/9/2019

Griffin Hospital, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a large-scale effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making in recognition National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16.

As a participating organization, Griffin is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, along with options for completing advance directives. State documents (Appointment of a Healthcare Representative and Living Will) along with other versions of advance directives valid in CT are available at griffinhealth.org/ACP or in the hospital’s Community Health Resource Center.

Griffin has scheduled several activities for the public during April to highlight why all adults need advance care planning.

On Tues., April 16 Griffin will host an Advance Care Planning (ACP) information table outside the hospital dining room where ACP experts can answer questions, take appointments to meet with a trained ACP facilitator, and enter a free drawing to win one of four “Conversation Starter Baskets.”

On Wed., April 17 at 11 a.m., Griffin’s Community Health Resource Center, located in the hospital lobby, will present “Knowing and Honoring What Matters Most,” an interactive presentation on the facts and misconceptions of advance care planning and the use of advance directives. Register at 203-732-7399 or email griflib@griffinhealth.org.

“Understanding and honoring what matters most is key to our Planetree philosophy of person-centered healthcare and Advance Care Planning,” said Lynn Aiksnoras, Advance Care Planning Coordinator for Griffin Health.  “As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, and our activities throughout the month, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known. Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, call 203-732-1255 or visit griffinhealth.org/ACP or check out the national picture at nhdd.org.

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