Advance Directives

An advance directive specifies which treatments an individual does and does not want, should that individual become unable to make decisions about his or her care. There are two types of advance directives, and chaplains are available to assist patients and families in completing one or both of these forms. A medical care team will refer to these instructions only if the patient is unable to make his or her own decisions.

Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates
A directive to physicians and family or surrogates allows you to establish your medical care wishes should you become unable to communicate for yourself. This document is considered only when your condition is diagnosed as terminal or irreversible.

Watch the following video to learn more about the importance of advance directives. 

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You can download the forms from the list below:

Medical Power of Attorney

A medical power of attorney names the person or persons who can decide for you in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Times when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself include the following conditions:

  • You are non-responsive or comatose
  • You are under anesthesia or sedation
  • You are temporarily incapacitated by a stroke or other neurological issues
  • You have requested to have others make decisions for you

You can download the forms from the list below: