FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 2, 2009
CONTACT: Dr. Roxanne Debski- Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
PHONE: 973-383-0115 FAX 973-383-6889
National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16, 2009
Newton – April 2, 2009- Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are 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, 2009 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice 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 NJ & PA state laws.
Specifically, on April 16, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and Home Health Care is welcoming the public throughout the day with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms at their three locations. These resources will be available at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice office located at 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, the Karen Ann Quinlan Home Health Care office located at 755 Memorial Parkway, Suite 303A, Phillipsburg, NJ and in PA, 315 West Harford St. Milford
“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 Dr. Roxanne Debski-Seigel, Director of Marketing and Advancement for Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation. “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.”
For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, or to download advance directive forms for your state please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill, Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones and Home Care assistance for recovery patients. For Northern NJ and PA, please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of their services or for all programs and events and more information please visit their web site. www.karenannquinlanhospice.org.