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Make your wishes known

March 30, 2016

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Missoula, MT—Providence St. Patrick Hospital will host an event for National Health Care Decisions Day on Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The event will be held in the Broadway Building Conference Center at 500 W. Broadway and include one-on-one consultations with health care experts, educational resources and lectures. Those who attend will also hear from special guest Mayor John Engen. The event is free and open to the public.

Those who attend will have the opportunity for a private one-hour session with an advance care planning expert to discuss details, ask questions and finalize their advance directive or “living will.” These directives can give an individual and their loved ones peace of mind, helping to prevent questions, confusions and disagreements between family members. Appointments are required for the one-hour sessions. Contact Providence at 406-327-1950 to schedule an appointment.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a growing initiative designed to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the value of advance health care planning by providing clear, consistent information on health care decision-making. It entails 50 independent, coordinated, state and local events supported by a national media and public education campaign.

Linda Bierbach, RN, BS, CHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator at Providence Palliative Care says, “We depend on patients to communicate their choices with us ahead of time, and an advance directive makes it possible. It allows providers to protect, respect and honor the wishes of our community members.”

The event is organized and funded by the Providence Montana Health Foundation, LifeNet Health, Hospice Care Foundation, Missoula Aging Services and Providence St. Patrick Hospital. Further details are available at montana.providence.org/NHDD.


 8:30 a.m. Private one-on-one appointments begin
 9 a.m Welcome, signing ceremony with Mayor Engen
10 a.m. Advance Care planning- What you should know
Linda Bierbach, RN, BS, CHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator, Providence Palliative Care
11 a.m. Advance directive Q&A
Noon Event closing, prize drawing