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Jennifer Kennedy
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St. Mary Mercy Hospital to host Advance Healthcare Planning Workshop
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Event coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself? Could a loved one correctly communicate your wishes in case of a serious event? Is your physician informed of your health care decisions?

These questions highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. Senior Services at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, along with the Great Lakes Chapter of Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GLC GAPNA) and Madonna University, will host an interactive and educational session on getting the conversation started with family and loved ones. The event coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide initiative to promote advance healthcare planning and directives. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The event will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the North Auditorium at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, 36475 Five Mile Road, Livonia.

“Many know the importance of expressing their healthcare wishes to family and loved ones, but many struggle with how to start the conversation,” said Michelle Moccia, MSN, ANP-BC, CCRN, Program Director, Senior ER, St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “When a person’s health care wishes are known, fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. Healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so. It’s time to start the conversation that makes a difference.”

The event is free but registration is required. Visitors are to park in the North Parking Lot and enter through the North Entrance. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, please call 734-655-8963.