What if you became ill or injured and could no longer communicate with
family members or health care personnel to let them know your wishes and
what kind of care you would like?
By completing a document called an advance health care directive, you can
make your wishes known, letting your physician, family and friends know
your preferences, including the types of special treatment you want or
don’t want at the end of life, your desire for diagnostic testing,
surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ donation.
- You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.
- You also have the right to name someone else to make health care decisions for you.
All Humboldt General Hospital patients receive information regarding advance
directives upon admission. In order to be in compliance with the Federal
Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) passed by Congress in 1990, Humboldt
General Hospital now asks all patients over the age of 18 if an advance
directive has been drafted. Humboldt General Hospital has formal policies
to ensure that your wishes about treatment are followed.
If you present an advance directive to us when you register, this information
will be maintained in your medical records. If you have not completed
an advance directive and want information, we will provide it to you.
You are not required to have an advance directive to receive medical care.
Resources are available to answer questions you might have.
An advance health care directive booklet is available in the HGH Business
Office. It includes forms to complete. It also available online here.
For more information about advance health care directives at Humboldt
General Hospital, please contact the HGH Social Services or Patient Relations
- Social Services: (775) 623-5222, ext. 1440
- Patient Relations: (775) 623-5222, ext. 1280
More resources for advance health care directives, durable powers of attorney
for health care and living wills are listed below: