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National Health Care Decisions Day 2012

Baylor Joins National Campaign to Emphasize Importance of Advance Care Planning

What is NHDD?
On Monday, April 16, 2012, Baylor Health Care System joins organizations and families across the country to mark National Healthcare Decisions Day– a day to educate, empower and encourage patients and families to explore advanced care planning. 

What is advanced care planning?
Advanced care planning allows us to decide the extent of medical treatment we would like to receive and make those wishes known to our families and health care providers in case of a medical event that leaves them  unable to communicate.   

Why is Baylor involved?
Baylor Health Care System includes the first hospital palliative care program in the state of Texas to achieve Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission. Certification recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate "exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness." Our mission involves educating our patients and the public about this serious and often neglected topic.

Do You Have A Plan? (Survey Says: Most People Don’t)

[NEWS RELEASE] Nearly 7 in 10 Adults Don’t Have a Living Will: Results of new survey announced on National Healthcare Decisions Day. READ MORE >>

[SURVEY RESULTS] In anticipation of the 5th annual NHDD, Baylor conducted the survey to measure the public’s general knowledge and use of advanced care plans. FULL RESULTS >>

[VIDEO]  Got Directives? I’ve got mine: Jame Restau, palliative care nurse at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, talks about her job and why she's had an advance care plan since she was 20 years old. 

Baylor Joins the Conversation

[Twitter] As part of the national conversation, Dr. Robert Fine, Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Health Care System, was a virtual panelist in a NHDD TweetChat on Monday, April 16. Dr. Fine tweeted from the Baylor Health Care System twitter account, @BaylorHealth. Keep up with this on-going virtual forum by using #NHDD.


[BLOG] From the Sammons Says… Cancer Blog
PART 1:  National Healthcare Decisions Day: Understanding Palliative Care (Contributed by: Dr. Alfred Levy, Baylor Plano)
PART 2: National Healthcare Decisions Day: Advanced Care Planning (Contributed by: Dr. Robert Fine)


[PERSPECTIVE] Today reminds us all of the ultimate ‘to do’ (from Dallas Morning News)
In a letter printed on page 12A of the April 16 edition of the Dallas Morning News, Dr. Robert Fine, clinical director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Health Care System, explains why having advance care plans in place can be so important. He directs readers to the Baylor Health Care System webpage where free forms and resources are available for making advance care plans. Read Article


[PODCAST] This Week in Medicine with Dr. David Winter: NHDD (KRLD NewsRadio 1080)
We plan for natural disasters. We make plans for parties and vacations. There are business plans, back-up plans, plan A, plan B, and even planning committees. Of course, we all have a life plan of some sort…However, for the majority of us, this plan is incomplete. Why? Because most people aren’t planning for unexpected health disasters with advanced care plans. Listen to Podcast


[NEWS] Health Check-up: Advance Directives (Living Wills) (from KERA, 90.1 FM radio)
In a story that aired on National Healthcare Decisions Day, Dr. Robert Fine, clinical director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Health Care System, is interviewed in studio about advance care planning by local Morning Edition host Sam Baker. Listen to Interview


[NEWS] The Importance Of Making Plans For After Life (from KTVT-TV / CBS11)
In a story that aired on National Healthcare Decisions Day, Angela Dees, the widow of a leukemia patient treated at Baylor Dallas, is interviewed about the advance care plan she and her husband made before he passed. After the news story, Dr. Robert Fine, clinical director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Health Care System, is interviewed in studio about advance care planning. Watch Video


[BLOG] April Hosts National Health Care Decisions Day (from the Dallas Morning News Health blog)

Physician blogger Dr. Jane Sadler discusses importance of advanced health care directives. “Everyone has the opportunity to make their end-of-life wishes regarding necessity of treatment before they are incapable of making decisions for themselves. I would encourage everyone to embrace National Health Care Decisions Day and take action to protect the dignity of their own lives and that of their families. Read Blog

Resources – Advanced Care Planning

To make the conversation and planning process easier, Baylor has posted these and other free, downloadable advanced care planning documents on their website: www.Baylorhealth.com/MyDecisions

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