Patient Bill of Rights
The facilities of Mountain States Health Alliance, including Johnson City Medical Center and The Joint Replacement Center,
support an individual’s right to participate actively in his or her healthcare decision-making.
What is an Advance Directive?
Advance directives are documents that express your wishes if you are very ill or unconscious. By completing an advance directive before you are very ill, you let your doctor know what you want. If you are already very ill, it gives your doctor a better idea of what you want if you are going to pass away within a short time.
There are different types of Advance Directives:
What is a Living Will?
It is a legal document that allows you to state that you want your death to be a natural death. The form lets you say that you don’t want to be kept alive in certain situations. Unlike a normal will, a living will says nothing about who gets your money when you pass away. It does allow you to avoid certain treatments and make decisions about your medical care.
What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare?
It is a document used to give someone the right to make a decision for you. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare lets you assign a person (called a healthcare agent, attorney-in-fact or proxy) to make healthcare decisions for you. This person can be the next of kin, an adult child, a friend or acquaintance. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare doesn’t allow someone to make financial decisions for you.
At your Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) appointment and on admission to the hospital you will be asked if you have an Advance Directive. If you do, please bring copies of the documents to the hospital with you so they can become part of your medical record. Advance Directives are not a requirement for hospital admission.
If you would like more information or forms for completing a Tennessee Living Will or Tennessee Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, please ask the admitting staff or your nurse.