VA Hosts National Healthcare Decision Week Events - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


VA Hosts National Healthcare Decision Week Events

April 8, 2016

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753, Cell: (716) 512-9338

VA Hosts National Healthcare Decision Week Events

"It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late."

VA Western New York Healthcare System, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, VA Western New York Healthcare System is providing information and tools during the week beginning April 11 for Veterans, employees and the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws.
On Monday, April 11, from 5-8pm, “Bring Your Health Care Proxy to Dinner”, will focus on health care proxies and how to start a family conversation on this difficult subject. Attendees and a designee of their choice must attend together with registration required. On Wednesday, April 13, bring your lunch to a “Lunch and Learn” film that will be shown in room 815C from noon – 1:30pm and from 8-9pm on aging titled “Nine to Ninety.”  Lastly, on Thursday, April 14, an information table will be set-up in the Bailey Avenue entrance front lobby to address questions on aging and advance directives. Be on the lookout for VA staff wearing “Ask me about Advance Directives” Buttons.
“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Grace L. Stringfellow, Chief of Staff.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Week events or to register for dinner on Monday, April 11, please contact Debora Medakovich at 716-862-6516 ( or Nancy Dux ( at 716-862-8541