National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for Mid-April

Hospice of Central New York, 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, Hospice of CNY is providing information and tools to the public to ease their efforts to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and provide Healthcare Proxy forms in accordance with New York state laws.


“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 Bill Pfohl, Communications Officer at Hospice of CNY. “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.”


Hospice of Central New York is planning for a number of Healthcare Decisions informational events for people looking for help with their advance directives:

Hospice will have a Twitter chat for questions about advance directives or Hospice care on Tuesday, April 18th from 8 PM to 9 PM please use #NHDDCNY .


On Wednesday April 19th from 10 AM to Noon, you are invited to visit our offices at 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088. We will have Healthcare resources available and we can answer any questions you might have.


The Proxy Project of CNY will offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop at the Manlius Senior Center on April 20 from 1-2pm.


On Thursday, April 20th, you are invited to come to an informational seminar, “Are Your Affairs in Order?” an end of life issues workshop put together by the Buranich Funeral Home at the Guyder Parish Center, 5600 W. Genesee Street, Camillus, NY. The workshop gets underway at 6 PM (Reservations are Required-call 315-487-2412). Hospice of CNY will be presenting a talk about Advance Directives at the event.


Feel free to download these helpful files or visit these sites to help you with your healthcare decisions:

NY State Health Care Proxy 

Information about and downloading Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) 


Advance Care Planning information from:

The Conversation Project

How to Choose a Healthcare Proxy & How to be a Healthcare Proxy


For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit