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GCMH highlights the importance of national health care

March 31, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH), along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making-an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, GCMH is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Iowa state laws. These and additional resources are also available at

On April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Grundy County Memorial Hospital is welcoming the public to visit us in the Education Room for free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. These resources will be provided free of cost and a notary public will also be available to help individuals complete these forms onsite if they wish.

"As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known," said Kristi Barnett, Social Worker at GCMH. "Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so."

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit or contact Kristi Barnett, Social Worker, at (319) 824-4129.



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