Elizabethtown Community Hospital
The ethics committee of Elizabethtown Community Hospital is planning to present a trio of information lectures to the public starting Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The two other lectures will be held on March 20 and March 27. All three will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the ECH board room and will be open to the public.
The first, Feb. 27, will be an “Advance Directives” presentation and discussion focused on living wills, health care proxies, powers-of-attorney, Medical Order of Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) forms and other documents to express healthcare wishes. The speaker will be Sandy Burke, Director of Patient Advocacy (ret’d.) at the NYU Medical Center.
On March 20, there will be a “Your Financial Health” presentation and discussion focused on financial issues related to planning. Speakers will be Tom LaPage and Justin Hooper, financial advisors with Community Bank.
For the final lecture March 27, Heidi Palmer of the Essex County Office for the Aging will present, “Community Resources for Aging Family Members,” focused on organizations and resources related to aging.
The hospital’s ethics committee is available for consultations in regard to patient care issues that often have no clear-cut answers (often end-of-life issues). The ethics committee may be asked to review a situation and bring its recommendation to family members and physicians - offering opinions that relate to situations which should (often) be covered by advance directives. They can also be asked to review situations that are of “social” and “ethical” concern to clinical staff and patients’ families.