National Healthcare Decisions Day free event at Harris Regional Hospital: Advance Directives

April 11, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day free event at Harris Regional Hospital: Advance Directives

Harris Regional Hospital will join a nationwide observance known as National Healthcare Decisions Day on Friday, April 15 hosting a drop-in information session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s private dining room on the first floor. The living will document ‘Five Wishes’ will be available for completion providing a legal roadmap for personal healthcare decisions. Notary services will also be available. For information on the event call (828) 586-7145.

“Advance directives are an important part of life. They are a set of distinct instructions that each of us has the power to construct, designing for ourselves and our loved ones the choices we’re making now for those critical decisions that may need to be made at some point later in life,” said Ron Allen, chaplain for Harris LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice.

National Healthcare Decisions Day began in 2008 as a way to inspire, educate and empower the public and medical professionals about the importance of advance care planning. The theme for 2016’s National Healthcare Decisions Day is “It Always Seems Too Early Until It’s Too Late.” For more information visit

Harris LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice is a division of Harris Regional Hospital and a community leader in comprehensive palliative care and high quality end-of-life care, providing pain management, symptom control, spiritual care, psychosocial support, and counseling services to patients and their families when faced with a life-limiting illness. With a dedicated staff of patient care professionals, Harris LifePath serves patients across Jackson, Macon, Swain, Graham, Cherokee, Clay and Haywood counties in all settings of care.

About Harris Regional Hospital & Swain Community Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.      


Swain Community Hospital, established in 1950, is a 48-bed Critical Access Hospital serving a multi-county region with primary care, emergency medicine and subspecialty care including a pain clinic and a transitional care unit. Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital began an affiliation in 1997 and joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in clinical service, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.