Advanced Directives

The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 requires all hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid to ask all adult patients if they have an advance directive. An advance directive is a statement, either verbal or written, in which a person indicates in advance their choices about medical treatment or designates someone to make such choices should they become unable to make these decisions.

An advance directive can help doctors and staff who are providing care to know your preferences for medical treatment. Daviess Community Hospital social workers and pastoral staff are available to answer questions if you would like more information.