PARK FALLS – Marshfield Clinic is teaming up with the Chequamegon High School National Honor Society to improve awareness about National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD). On Tuesday, April 16, students and Marshfield Clinic Park Falls Center will honor this national day dedicated to advance care planning.
“The students will be serving free ice cream in the lobby of the Marshfield Clinic Park Falls Center from 12:30-2 p.m.,” said Leslie Borne, advance care planning coordinator for Marshfield Clinic. “We encourage our community to come learn more about advance care planning, why it is so important for any adult to do and join us for some trivia, and ice cream”
This event highlights the importance of exploring individual goals and values related to future medical decisions in the event a person is unable to communicate those wishes.
“It is essential that discussions regarding your wishes are made in a respectful partnership between health care providers, informed patients and their families,” Borne said. “The goal of the advance directive document is to provide an impetus for ‘caring conversations’ between individuals, their families and health care providers.”
According to Borne, NHDD exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. Marshfield Clinic offers free advance care planning by appointment in Park Falls as well as a group session the fourth Thursday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m. with advance registration. For more information, stop by Marshfield Clinic Park Falls Center on April 16, or to register, call 844-853-4106 or 715-221-7132.