National Healthcare Decisions Day at O’Connor Hospital

San Jose, CAO’Connor Hospital is participating in National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding end-of-life care. O’Connor representatives will be available to answer questions, and provide educational materials and healthcare power of attorney advance directive forms. A notary public also will be on hand to validate forms.

The mission of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

A 2003 article by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality entitled “Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life,” found that less than 50 percent of the severely or terminally ill patients studied had an advance directive in their medical record.

The Advance Directive Sessions are free and will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 7 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at O’Connor Hospital Café A & B, 2105 Forest Ave, and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the O’Connor Hospital Medical Office Building Auditorium, 2101 Forest Ave. in San Jose. To register, call 800-220-0182. Refreshments will be served.