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NCH helps individuals and families plan for important healthcare decisions

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 4, 2013) -- Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is holding a free seminar to provide individuals with guidance and resources for expressing their healthcare wishes before an unexpected medical circumstance occurs. The program is offered by NCH's Palliative Care Services.

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

Wright will discuss the importance of creating an advanced healthcare plan and the steps needed to create an individual plan. Several activities are planned that will help participants determine the right path for future healthcare decisions.

Participants will learn about necessary healthcare decision forms, the role of healthcare providers in setting goals of care and financial planning.

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. NCH chaplains will be available to assist attendees with completing their healthcare decisions forms. To register for the seminar, call 847.618.4968. Registration is required.

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About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit