Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Medical Decision Making in Colorado
Advance Care Planning Session Open to the Public

Mesa County, CO – End-of-life decisions can be difficult. The public is invited to learn how to prepare for and make these decisions easier during the Continuing the Conversation Symposium, sponsored by the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force and hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital.

Two Sessions are scheduled on April 16th
9:00am - 11:00am.  (check in begins at 8:30am)
5:30pm-7:30pm (check in begins at 5:00pm)

The event will take place on the 5th floor of the Saccomanno Education Center located at 2635 North 7th Street.

The sessions will cover how to discuss end-of-life concerns with your physician, your family and friends.  In addition, there will be an interactive town-hall discussion concerning having the conversation.  Tools will be shared so participants can continue the conversation at home with family and friends.

“We are pleased to be offering this very important presentation to the community,” said Mary Watson, member of the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force. “We are confident participants who attend will leave with information and materials they need to begin or continue the conversation about their medical wishes,” added Watson.

In lieu of an admission fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank. Registration is required.  Those interested in attending can register by calling Western Colorado 2-1-1; simply dial 2-1-1,  (888) 217-1215, 244-8400 from a cell phone.

For more information, please visit www.wc211.mesacounty.us  or http://www.hopewestco.org.

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day, a national grassroots initiative to encourage individuals to express their health care wishes through conversations and the completion of advance directives. More information can be found at http://www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

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