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Advance Directives

Advance Directives are specific directions, prepared in "advance," that are used to "direct" an individual's medical care if he or she becomes unable to do so in the future. Creation of an Advance Directive (such as a Living Will, a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and a Healthcare Directive) is an important step to ensuring the patient's treatment wishes are known and implemented.

A hospital representative will explain the use of Advance Directives, how they are different, and answer any questions you have. Anyone may request this service -- you need not be a patient or family member -- and Advance Directive forms are free of charge to the public. For a copy, click on the link below or contact us at (660) 886-7431 ext. 595.

Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for Healthcare / Healthcare Directive
A hospital representative is available to answer questions and/or assist you in completing your Advance Directive, free of charge. Please call (660) 886-7431 ext. 595 to schedule an appointment.

What is a DPOA for Healthcare?  Completion of a DPOA allows you to appoint someone you trust to make medical decisions for you at the time you are unable to do so.

What is a Healthcare Directive?  The Healthcare Directive provides the individual(s) appointed a guide to what medical/life-prolonging procedures you would want at the time you are considered terminal and unable to make your own decisions.

Upon request by an individual, Fitzgibbon Hospital will keep a copy of the Advance Directive in the patient record of anyone who has a medical record at Fitzgibbon.

Click here for the "Advance Directive" Packet.