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Lakewood to host health care directive planning sessions

STAPLES - According to a recent study, 71 percent of Americans have thought about their end-of-life preferences. However, only 29 percent of those Americans have completed a health care directive, or living will, indicating these preferences. Apr...

STAPLES - According to a recent study, 71 percent of Americans have thought about their end-of-life preferences. However, only 29 percent of those Americans have completed a health care directive, or living will, indicating these preferences. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and to recognize the importance of that day and what it means, Lakewood Health System will be hosting two informational sessions to talk about the importance of having a healthcare directive.

These sessions will take place at noon and 5 p.m. on April 16 in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood's main campus. During each session, John Makosky will speak about the importance of having a healthcare directive during the unexpected illness and death of his wife, Dr. Sheila Froemming. Kyle Tamminga, Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) medical student will walk attendees through each section of the health care directive form. Lakewood staff will be available throughout each session to answer questions, and help complete and notarize directive forms.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not mandatory for attendance. Go to www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com and click on EVENTS to register. Healthcare directives are available at any time, and if you'd like to fill one out prior to the sessions, please contact Samantha at 218-894-8382 or samanthapommier@lakewoodhealthsystem.com for more information, or with questions.

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