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posted: 4/12/2012 2:55 PM

NCH helps plan for important healthcare decisions

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Submitted by Northwest Community Healthcare

Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights is holding a free seminar to provide individuals with guidance and resources for expressing their healthcare wishes before an unexpected medical circumstance occurs.

Join the Rev. Gwynne Wright of NCH's Spiritual Care Services from 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 16, in the hospital auditorium, 800 W. Central Road, in Arlington Heights, as she leads "Making Healthcare Decisions Work for You and Your Family."

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When life brings an unpredictable illness or a serious injury, the accompanying physical and emotional challenges can be overwhelming. There are treatment options to consider, doctor appointments to schedule, and financial questions to address.

At the seminar NCH experts, as well as specialists from Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, will review care options for complex illnesses, explain how to prepare an advance directive and discuss patients' healthcare rights and legal options.

"Although this may be a difficult topic to discuss, it's important to share your healthcare wishes with family and loved ones before a medical crisis takes place," said Karen Colby, director of Palliative Care at NCH.

"Having advance directives already in place will ensure your personal healthcare preferences are followed, even if you are too sick to make decisions. Establishing a plan and making your wishes known will lessen the burdens and stress placed on loved ones."

Following the program, NCH chaplains and social workers will be available to assist attendees with completing their healthcare decisions forms.

To register for this free seminar and to schedule a private consultation, call HealthConnection today at (847) 618-4YOU (4968) or visit www.nch.org.

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