You have the right to make informed decisions about your health care, including the right to accept or refuse treatment offered to you and the right to formulate advance directives. Accordingly, you may provide directions to the hospital, in advance, about your wishes for healthcare decisions should the time come when you cannot communicate your wishes to others.
Georgia and federal regulations require hospital personnel to inquire as to the presence of an Advance Directive. This includes a living will or durable power of attorney with a healthcare clause. Information on Advance Directives is provided to every patient upon admission. If you already have an advance directive such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare, please provide the staff with a copy of it at the time of admission. For your assistance, case management personnel are available to answer any of your questions.