All patients have the right to make choices about health care, including the right to refuse treatment. An advance directive, such as a living will, is a written statement of your wishes concerning life-supporting medical treatment. Advance directives take effect only when you are very ill and cannot make decisions for yourself.
You may also create a durable power of attorney. This names the person whom you wish to make decisions about your health care, if you are unable to do so. It is recommended that you have an advance directive and that your doctors and family members know about your wishes. Family members should know where your advance directive is kept. Please bring a copy with you each time you come to the hospital.
If you don’t have an advance directive and would like to create one, call Case Management Services at:
Heritage Valley Beaver 724.773.4800