Jennie Stuart Medical Center will make each individualís advance directive a part of his or her medical record when the completed document is received.
The individual must discuss the advance directive with his/her physician. If a physician morally, religiously, or professionally cannot honor an individualís advance directive decision, JSMC staff and the physician will not impede the transfer of the patient to another physician/facility that can meet the patientís request.
A Living Will only becomes valid in the event you are considered being near end of life, permanently unconscious, or are unable to communicate or make your own decisions. Until then, you will be asked to make health care decisions for yourself. If your Living Will states you want no extraordinary life support measures, you will still be provided routine care and pain control.
The contents of a Living Will are not permanently binding. A Living Will can be invalidated by shredding the document. A new Living Will can then be executed.
Your hospital or other health care providers must see your original Living Will or Advance Directive every time you are admitted for care even though you do not need to execute a new document each time. This action helps us make sure we have your most updated directive.
Just provide the original document on admission and ask that a copy be made for your medical record, be sure the original is returned to you.