The Health Care Proxy is a simple legal document that allows you to name someone you know and trust to make health care decisions for you if, for any reason and at any time, you become unable to make or communicate those decisions. It is an important document because it concerns not only the choices you make about your health care, but also the relationships you have with your physician, family, and others who may be involved with your care.
Read this and follow the instructions to ensure that your wishes are honored: Health Care Proxy Form
If you have completed a Health Care Proxy or made updates to a previous version, you should mail it to the hospital address listed below. It will be placed in your hospital record.
Mail a copy to:
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
Medical Records Department
P.O. Box 1477
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
While 92% of Americans say it’s important to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care, only 32% have had such a conversation. 95% of Americans say they would be willing to talk about their wishes, and 53% even say they’d be relieved to discuss it (The Conversation Project National Survey, 2018).
Please reference www.theconversationproject.org for additional guidance on end of life care decisions.