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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16, 2010

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization(GHPCO), 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, 2010 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 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 Georgia’s state laws.  These resources are available at www.mydecisionsmatter.com or you can visit the national website at www.nhdd.org for additional information.

Governor Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation identifying National Healthcare Decisions Day in Georgia on April 16th and commented during the signing that advance directives are an important part of the healthcare conversation in Georgia and nationally.

“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 Jennifer Hale, GHPCO’s State Executive.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and 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.”

Media Contact:  Jennifer Hale, GHPCO State Executive, jennifer@ghpco.org, 404-323-9397
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My Decisions Matter is from the Georgia Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
In association with National Healthcare Decisions Day.
This website is supported by grant funding from the Georgia Gerontology Education Center, part of the University of Georgia's Institute of Gerontology.
Website by Jay Braver