Letting your loved ones know what your medical wishes are, is one of the most important things that you can do in terms of giving your family peace of mind. If this is something you have been thinking about, then you might be interested in an event coming up in Great Barrington.  

Fairview Hospital’s Ethics Committee will host a special panel to address the important topic of healthcare decision-making. Healthcare and legal experts will discuss “Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known” on Thursday, September 2nd at 4:30 p.m. at Fairview Hospital.   

The program will take place outdoors under a tent next to the Doctor’s Office Building adjacent to Fairview Hospital at 29 Lewis Avenue in Great Barrington.  

A media release from Fairview Hospital says that having health care conversations and making health care decisions before they are needed helps individuals maintain control and to have health care wishes honored when critically needed. The discussion is about contemplating decision making and helping instill control ahead of time so that you or your loved ones may be prepared to make difficult decisions when they are critically needed. 

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Topics will include Health Care Proxy rules and the importance of advance directives, MOLST and POLST orders, maintaining control at the end of life, obligations of local emergency medical technicians and ambulances when 911 is called, and emergency room and health care decision making tips. 

Panelists participating include Eric Bush, MD (East Mountain Medical), Paula Almgren, ESQ. (Almgren Law Group), Marsha Moquin, LICSW (Case Manager – Fairview Hospital), Steven Tracy, MD (Emergency Room- Fairview Hospital), and Meredyth Cooper (Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Quad). 

Social distancing and masks are required for attendees. Pre-registration is needed, so please contact Jennifer Knysh at (413)854-9638 to reserve. 

Parking is available in the main parking area at Fairview Hospital.

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