Logansport Memorial Hospital believes that it is important for patients to be informed and educated about their options for advance directives. “Advance directive” is a term that refers to your spoken and written instructions about your future medical care and treatment, in the event that you could not communicate what you want for yourself. One of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and your future is to plan as much as possible for your wishes to be followed and maintained if something should happen to you.
Advance directives are not required, but they are encouraged by hospitals and case management staff so that physicians have information about your healthcare choices and so that those wishes can be followed.
To help you learn more about advance directives and understand your options, Logansport Memorial Hospital will be hosting an ethics presentation that is free to the community. The presentation will be held on May 7, 2014 at 7 pm in Conference Room DE at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Dr. Meg Gaffney, an ethicist from Indianapolis, will be present to discuss cases regarding end-of-life decision making and advance directive options. She will also be available during and after the presentation for questions.
Dr. Meg Gaffney received her medical degree from the IU School of Medicine, completing an internship with Riley Hospital for Children and her residency in dermatology. She is the director of the Moral Reasoning and Ethical Judgment competency in the revised curriculum for the IU School of Medicine. She chairs the Wishard Ethics Committee, serves on the Clarian and Riley Hospital ethics committees, and collaborates on the Indiana University Conscience Project. She also served as the Director for the Indiana Healthcare Ethics Network from 1995 – 2003.
If there are any questions about attending this free presentation, please contact Michele Long, Case Management Director for Logansport Memorial Hospital at (574) 753-1397.