Valley Health hosts advance care planning events

Valley Health will be hosting events in April to encourage awareness about advance care planning.

The first event will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Warren Memorial Hospital and will end April 27 the Valley Health’s Wellness & Fitness Center in Winchester.

Tina Carter, a nurse educator with Valley Health, said this information is for anyone 18 years old and above.

“You never know what might happen,” she said.

The event at Warren Memorial Hospital will provide information about advance care planning, such as advance directive and living wills, as well as organ, tissue and blood donations. Representatives from 13 colleges and universities will also be available to speak about their health care career programs and answer questions.

“We want to educate people on advance care planning and open up the conversation,” Carter said. She added that people need to prepare for what could happen at anytime, such as a car accident or an unexpected diagnosis.

Valley Health’s Wellness & Fitness Center will also be holding presentations at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday on advance care planning in Conference Room A.

The hospitals in Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties will also be holding day-long educational fairs or employees and the community. Shenandoah will hold one on April 18 and Page holds one on April 25.

These events take place during Donate Life month and also coincide with April 16, which is National Health Care Decisions Day.

This is the first year these events will be taking place and are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Door prizes will also be given out to those who attend.

For a full listing of events in other Valley Health communities throughout the month, visit: http://www.valleyhealthlink.com/AdvanceCarePlanning

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com