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.
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.