Complete Your Power of Attorney For Healthcare


Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) is highlighting the importance of completing an advance directive and selecting someone to help you with your healthcare decision making if you are unable to do it yourself. April 16, is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day. A power of attorney for healthcare is a type of advance directive document that tells family, friends and other healthcare professionals, a person’s wishes about the medical care they want when they are too sick or hurt to do so themselves.

BRMH wants to help people understand how to fill out an advance directive. BRMH is holding a free educational event on Thursday, April 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Hub in the Lunda Commmunity Center, 405 State Highway 54, Black River Falls. Dr. Neil Cox will provide a brief presentation about how to begin the conversation on advance healthcare planning. Michelle Goetting, BRMH Patient and Family Services Coordinator said, “One of the most important things you can do to make sure you remain in control of directing your health care is to complete a Power of Attorney for Healthcare document. If you become sick or injured and are not able to communicate your wishes, this document lets your care team and loved ones know what you want.” She added, “It’s a win-win for everyone when your choices are known ahead of time.” During the second half of the program, there will be BRMH social work staff available to answer questions or to help those who wish to fill out advance directives. 

Please attend and receive tools on how to have this very important conversation. Refreshments will be served. Please register online at, call 715-284-3629 or email


Dr. Neil Cox, presenter for Advance Directive Educational Event.

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