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We can't respect your choices for future medical care unless we know what they are. And at Martha Jefferson, we are making it easier for you to tell us about your choices.
We are committed to providing medical care that respects your goals and values. We honor your right to make decisions about your treatment. To be sure we understand your wishes, we are glad to help you think about care you might want in the future through advance care planning. Advance care planning is a process that continues throughout our lives.
An advance directive is a witnessed legal document that tells us who you want to make decisions if you are unable to do so. It may include guidelines about treatments you do or do not want. Though we encourage everyone over age eighteen to complete an advance directive, you are not required to do this. If you are ever admitted to the hospital, please bring a copy of your advance directive so we can honor your wishes. If you do not have an advance directive, we encourage you to consider completing one.
Additionally, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Sentara Center for Healthcare Ethics are offering the community the opportunity to complete their Advance Care Plan (Advance Directive) and register it, free of charge, with our national Advance Directory through the U.S. Living Will Registry. Wherever you go in the United States your Advance Care Plan will be accessible by healthcare professionals when needed to guide your medical care if you are unable to communicate your wishes or make your own decisions.
Please click on the links below for information about advance directives and to see the suggested form, which you may print, complete, and then return to Martha Jefferson Hospital and your physician's office. If you prefer, we will mail the advance directive form to you. E-mail your request or call Martha Jefferson Health Connection at (434) 654-7009 or toll free 1-888-652-6663.
Martha Jefferson Hospital
Attn: Health Information Management
500 Martha Jefferson Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911