The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
Locally, on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. p.m. at the Brentwood Library, 2214 S. Brentwood, the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell, and the Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, members of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association will welcome the public throughout the day and provide free information about advance care planning and assistance in on-site completion of the new Missouri Bar durable power of attorney for healthcare and healthcare directive forms. The new forms include provisions covering HIPAA and the right of sepulcher, and is available in English and in Spanish.
“We hope that National Healthcare Decisions Day will cause more people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decision and motivate them to complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Crista Hogan, Executive Director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
As a participating organization, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare durable power of attorney and healthcare directive) in accordance with Missouri state laws.
Hogan said that with the completed forms, “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis occurs and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”
As a public service, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association attorneys and staff and other volunteers will be available to assist people with executing their own directives and discussing their wishes at the Library Center, Library Station and Brentwood Library from 10:00 am-6:00 pm on April 18, 2013.
Please visit springfieldbar.com for more information.