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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf offering Life Transition Planning

Posted: 2/20/2013

Port St. Joe, Fla. - Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will host a free seminar on ''Advance Directives'' on Thursday, March 7 at 11 a.m. EDT in the hospital's conference room. This topic is sponsored by the hospital's SeniorSpirit program.  Led by Merian Milton, BSW, Regional Access Representative for Covenant Hospice, the seminar will highlight living wills and other documents used to give advance directions about medical treatment.

Advance directives are legal documents that protect your right to accept or refuse medical care if you should ever become incapacitated or unable to communicate your wishes due to injury or illness. Advance directives enable patients to make their feelings known in writing about complex issues such as:


  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for patients at the end of life

  • Intravenous therapy for patients who can no longer eat or drink

  • Do Not Resuscitate orders

  • Feeding tubes and respirators

  • Your feelings about when you would want these treatments used or discontinued if you were in a coma, terminally ill, or had permanent brain damage.

Sacred Heart Hospital encourages all adults to consider a living will or legal documents that name a person to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to do so.

Covenant Hospice is an approved provider for the Florida Board of Nursing; Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling; Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators; Alabama Board of Nursing and Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners.  Covenant Hospice will offer CEUs at no charge for Nurses, Social Workers and Nursing Home Administrators that are in attendance.

Sacred Heart SENIORSpirit! is a free program for persons 55 and older. Benefits include free screenings, seminars, special in-patient benefits such as three free guest meal tickets  per hospital stay, a monthly calendar of events detailing all SENIORSpirit! events, a discounted pre-paid lab coupon program, and a quarterly newsletter containing health and event information.

About Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf opened in 2010 to serve residents of Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties. The 19-bed facility in Port St. Joe features 24-hour emergency services, inpatient services, surgical services, a full complement of diagnostic and laboratory services, and a helipad to be used by Sacred Heart's regional air ambulance service to provide rapid transport for trauma or critically ill patients. The hospital is operated by Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola and a part of Ascension Health, the nation's largest system of Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare facilities. For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, visit online at www.sacredheartonthegulf.org, find us on Facebook or call (850) 229-5600.



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