Granite Falls Health along with other national, state and community organizations, is 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). As a participating organization, Granite Falls Health 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 power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Minnesota state laws. These resources are available at the Granite Falls Health: Hospital, Clinic, Home Care, or Care Center or on-line at www.nhdd.org.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said JoAnn Steinbach, Social Service Director at Granite Falls Health. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, please visit www.nhdd.org. If you would like to learn more about advance directives, please talk with you healthcare provider or contact JoAnn Steinbach, Granite Falls Health Social Service Director at 320-564-6247.