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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Port Jervis, New York, March 11, 2014 – Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, Port Jervis, New York, 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, Bon Secours Community Hospital 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 New York state laws.  These resources are available at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Specifically, on April 16, from 9 – 10 AM and 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Bon Secours Community Hospital is welcoming the public with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  This information will be available on the hospital’s first floor in the atrium conference room adjacent to the café area.  There is no need to pre-register for this event.  Additional information on the event can be obtained by contacting Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW at 845-858-7122. 

“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 Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW of Bon Secours Community Hospital.”  “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 www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York. It includes the Bon Secours Medical Group, a regional network of nearly 80 primary and specialty care providers with convenient locations throughout the Hudson Valley. For a list of providers, visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.
The Health System serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information visit www.BSCHS.BonSecours.com

About Bon Secours Health System
Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.

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