Monday, April 11, 2016

Cox Branson hosting free Healthcare Decisions Day event Saturday

Cox Medical Center Branson, along with other national, state and community organizations, will highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016.

On Saturday, April 16, Cox Medical Center Branson is hosting a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Outpatient Center lobby, 525 Branson Landing Boulevard, with information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. Notaries will also be available free of charge to assist in completing the necessary paper work to assign a Designated Power of Attorney.

“It is important for any adult to have a Designated Power of Attorney because, unfortunately, we never know when something might happen and we are unable to make decisions about our own healthcare,” explained Allison Robertson, manager of case management. “In my line of work, I’ve seen many people who have been injured or become too ill to make decisions about their own care. When these documents are already in place, it eliminates one more thing for the family to deal with during an already stressful time. For the patient, this ensures you have a voice about your care, even when you can’t make that decision on your own.”

The service will be provided on a first come, first served basis and the process takes about 15 minutes to complete. A valid photo ID is required. Once completed, you will receive a notarized copy to distribute to healthcare providers and family members.

For more information about this event, call 335-7103.