As a patient, you have the right to formulate Advance Directives and to make decisions concerning your medical care, including the right to accept or refuse medical/surgical treatment.
Memorial Hospital is committed to helping facilitate your expressed wishes concerning your health care. Memorial Hospital shall honor your Advance Directive within the limits of Kentucky law and the hospital’s mission, philosophy and capability. You will receive the same medical treatment from Memorial Hospital whether or not you have signed an Advance Directive.
Living Will and Designation of Healthcare Surrogate
Advance Directives are legal documents you may complete to help ensure your wishes are carried out when you are unable to speak for yourself. These documents indicate your choices regarding health care decisions, including, but not limited to, life-prolonging procedures and the designation of someone to make health care decisions in the event you would be unable to make decisions yourself. Advance Directives are commonly referred to as a Living Will or a Designation of a Healthcare Surrogate.
When you are admitted, you will be asked if you have executed an Advance Directive. Your response will be documented in your medical record.
We ask that each time you come to the hospital to be admitted as an inpatient you bring a copy of your most recently completed Advance Directives. (You may bring the original and we will make a copy). If you have already signed an Advance Directive document and did not bring it to the hospital, you will be asked to complete another one so we will be able to honor your wishes.
If you have any questions or would like more information about executing an Advance Directive or appointing a surrogate decision maker, please ask your admitting representative or your nurse.