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Free sessions help community members learn about and complete advance directives



In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Saint Mary’s is encouraging community members to complete their advance directives. Advance directives ensure healthcare providers receive the most comprehensive guidance regarding a patient’s wishes as to how healthcare services should be provided in the event a patient is unable to participate in his or her care.

Creating an advance directive allows a patient to make preferences about his or her medical care and helps alleviate confusion among family members or medical staff. Advance directives specify what actions should be taken in the event a patient is no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The document also appoints an individual who can make critical decisions on a patient’s behalf. Proper completion of such forms make certain that each patient’s needs and wants are met while they are receiving care.

Saint Mary’s Hospice and Palliative Care are making it easy and convenient for community members to complete an advance directive. The following events will offer notary services, expert advice and forms—at no cost to participants. Additionally, all participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of four prizes.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Washoe Senior Center at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Carson City Senior Center at 911 Beverly Way

For more information about the community sessions or to learn more about Saint Mary’s Hospice and Palliative Care, call 770-6003.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.

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