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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center 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, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Virginia state laws. These resources are available at Advance-Care-Planning.aspx and

Specifically, on April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is welcoming the public for a free seminar about advance care planning and advance directive forms in the Hylton Educational Center, in the garden level of our facility. Our presenters will include:

Dr. David Schwartz, DO, Vice President of Medical Affairs

Tricia Hill, RN, Senior Director of Nursing

Alice Austiff, RN, Director of Care Coordination

Carol Willie, MAPM, Hospital Chaplain

“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 Carol Wille, MAPM, SNVMC Hospital Chaplain. “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.”

To RSVP for this special presentation or for more information, please call 703-523-0680.

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