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7/21/2014 12:06:00 PM
Clinic to host Advance Directives workshop on Thursday

Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center will host a free Advance Directives workshop Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Each day, right here in northern Wisconsin, families are forced to face a variety of health care crises that require them to make critical decisions for their loved ones. If faced with this situation, would your family members know your wishes if you were no longer able to communicate for yourself?  

Marshfield Clinic is offering a free workshop to highlight the importance of Advance Directives, provide people the information they need to make health care decisions and assist people in filling out the documents. The workshop will b held at the Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center lower level conference rooms 2 and 3.

“Although planning for a future health care crisis can be emotionally challenging, having an Advance Directive can provide you and your family with peace of mind, knowing that your wishes will be known to your health care providers and your family,” Patti Zaremba, RN, case manager, Ministry Health Care, Howard Young Medical Center, who will be at the workshop to assist with questions about filling out and filing these documents. 

“In my practice, I have patients who are in nursing homes, in the ICU at the hospital or are in the hospital after an emergency,” Dr. Rick Fossen, internal medicine, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center, said. “Very often, the family members of patients in these situations have to decide what their loved one’s wishes may be regarding use of life-sustaining treatments. It can be extremely difficult and stressful to know what a family member would want when they are no longer able to speak for themselves,” he said.

“It is essential that discussions regarding the use of life-sustaining treatments and other end-of-life decisions are made in respectful partnerships between health care providers, informed patients and their families,” Zaremba said. “The goal of the Advance Directive document is to provide an impetus for meaningful conversations regarding the future use of life-sustaining treatment between individuals, their families and health care providers.”

Advance Directives, which usually take the form of a Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Living Will, need to be written before you become seriously ill. Anyone age 18 or older, of sound mind, may complete an Advance Directive. You do not need an attorney to complete the document, they do need to be witnessed but they do not need to be notarized.

Ms. Zaremba also hosts multiple Advance Directives workshops at Ministry Health Care locations in Woodruff and Eagle River. You may register for a specific time, however, walk-ins are welcome. To register, call Patti Zaremba at 715-892-6581.

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