National Healthcare Decisions Day set for April 16

Grand Island, Neb. — Join Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive because your decisions matter.

To learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day and get free information, log on to www.respectmywishes.org or www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

To learn more or to complete a Living Will, Power of Attorney or POLST form, please plan to attend one of the programs below on Monday, April 16, at the site of each of the respective organizations:

  • 8 a.m.-noon -- Saint Francis Medical Center/Social Services and Palliative Care
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. -- Good Samaritan Society/Grand Island Village
  • 10 a.m.-noon -- Grand Generation Center
  • 1-3 p.m. -- AseraCare Hospice
  • 1-4 p.m. -- Golden Living Center/Park Place
  • 1-4 p.m. -- Golden Living Center/Lakeview

For more information, please contact the agencies listed above or e-mail Saint Francis Medical Center’s Theresa Wood at twood@sfmc-gi.org.

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.