One of your rights is to make your health care decisions even when you may not be able to speak for yourself. You can do this by filling out a legal document called an advance directive.
This form enables you to appoint a health care representative and give health care instructions to your doctor, so that if at any time in the future you were not able to communicate your wishes, your doctor would be able to refer to your advance directive and know your wishes.
In the hospital, a 15-minute video about advance directives plays several times daily on patient education television channel 80.
Please call the Chaplain’s office at 503-561-5562 for more information or to request a form.
If you already have an advance directive, bring it with you to the hospital. A copy will be made and placed in your medical record.
Free classes to help you better understand how to complete the Advanced Directive form are offered through the Community Health Education Center (CHEC). Click here or call 503-814-CHEC (2432) for a complete list of classes.