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National Healthcare Decisions event scheduled for April 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students who have an interest in geriatric medicine are hosting an educational event for the public that focuses on items of interest to geriatric patients and their families, such as advance directives.     

The session is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 14, in the atrium of the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center located at 1249 15th St. in Huntington. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our patients and others in the community to learn about advanced care planning and how to initiate the process,” said Dr. Lynne J. Goebel, a professor with the department of internal medicine and a geriatrician.   “It’s also important for our students to learn the importance of advance directives in providing patient care.”

Goebel says advance directive information will be available during the event and patients will have the opportunity to send it to the West Virginia e-Directive Registry, an online registry that makes advance directives and medical orders available 24/7 to those providing patient care, allowing patients’ wishes and medical orders to be respected throughout the continuum of health care settings.