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Advance Directives: Take charge of your health care

When you are admitted, you will be asked to file any advance directives that you have previously executed. Those documents – and your wishes – will be made part of your medical record while staying at Franciscan St. Francis Health.
Advance directives are documents you can complete to protect your rights, determine your medical treatment and help your family and doctor understand your wishes about your health care.

In the state of Indiana, you may choose one or more of these advance directives:

  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Health care representative
  • Living Will Declaration or Life-Prolonging Procedures Declaration
  • Psychiatric advance directives
  • Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Declaration and Order
  • Power of Attorney
We ask that you complete and sign these documents while you’re still medically stable and competent to make important decisions about your medical treatment. In the event that you become unstable or incompetent, Advance Directives are the legally established means for you to communicate your wishes.
Franciscan St. Francis Health accepts and will follow these directives as long as they are in keeping with the Catholic Code of Ethics and Indiana state law. The hospital will not discriminate against any individual based on whether he/she has signed an Advance Directive. As a Catholic healthcare facility, Franciscan St. Francis Health abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services, approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.