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We are highlighting the importance of advance health care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

INTEGRIS Health Participates in National Healthcare Decisions Day

INTEGRIS Health Participates in National Healthcare Decisions Day

INTEGRIS Health, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

The awareness event is aimed at increasing the number of Americans who have completed an advance directive (“living will”), in which they name the person who will make medical decisions for them in the event they are seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves. Experts say only about 20-30% of Americans have completed an advance directive even though all people age 18 and older should have one.

“At INTEGRIS Health, we know these conversations can feel daunting. We also know a crisis can strike anyone. We believe talking about your goals and wishes is an important part of everyday care, from wellness to illness. Giving your family the gift of your voice and decisions before a crisis means they can feel certain in carrying out your choices – should that crisis occur,” said Jessica Zan, manager of the Advance Care Planning Program at INTEGRIS Health.

She continues, “Advance Care Planning recenters you in your care. It’s an invitation for you to share your values, wishes and decisions, so your loved ones can know how to care for you if you can’t speak for yourself.” 

If you are considering advance care planning, reach out to your primary care physician for opportunities. And take National Healthcare Decisions Day as a reminder to share with your family what is most important to you in life. 

INTEGRIS Health Participates in National Healthcare Decisions Day

We are highlighting the importance of advance health care decision-making, an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.