What is Community Hospital's Policy on Advance Directives?
Community Hospital recognizes and respects the rights of our patients to agree to or to refuse medical treatments. We encourage our patients, their families and physicians to clarify with one another both current and future treatment choices. We are happy to assist you by providing you with a copy of the Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions booklet.
This booklet can help you and your loved ones identify how you would like to be treated if you become seriously ill. It is an easy-to-complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Once it is filled out and properly signed, it is valid as an advance directive under the laws of Colorado.
We will make every effort to assure that a patient’s wishes are respected as long as they are understood and can be carried out according to Colorado law. In general, we do not honor CPR directives in our outpatient settings, although exceptions may be made for surgical and other procedures in consultation with the patient and medical staff. Where Should I Keep my Advance Directive?
Keep a copy in a safe place where you and family members or friends can locate it. It is a good idea to give copies to your physician and attorney, and to have a copy on hand in the event of an inpatient hospital admission.How Can Community Hospital Help Me Complete an Advance Directive?
A number of Community Hospital professionals are available to assist you in answering your questions regarding this important issue. We are also happy to provide you with a copy of Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions and a medical power of attorney
Please feel free to talk with your nurse, a case manager, (970) 644-3130 or the Patient Advocate (970) 644-3154.