Gerber Memorial to help families prepare for health care wishes with free service at Multispecialty Clinic
FREMONT. Mich., April 12, 2021 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will be providing a free service for patients and their families designed to help them prepare for health care wishes. Starting Tuesday, April 13, a community health specialist will be at Gerber Memorial Multispecialty Clinic-Fremont to help families develop an advanced care plan.
With advanced care planning, individuals are better prepared to tell loved ones and health care providers what they want for their future health care needs. Advance care planning is important for people of all ages because anything can happen to anyone at any time like an accident or a stroke. Having a plan in place can help ensure that health care wishes can be known and honored in any situation.
The free advanced care planning sessions will be held on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sessions are open for drop-ins and appointments. To make an appointment, call: 231.924.1521. Providers can also make referrals for patients to the advanced care planning sessions.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is pleased to provide this free service as part of our effort to empower our community with as much healthcare information as possible,” said Stephanie Kooistra, community health program specialist who will be leading the advanced care planning sessions. “Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of identifying the wishes of people and their advocates, so those wishes are respected. Everyone should be thinking about the kind of life they want to live, especially as they age, and we can’t always plan for the unexpected. What doesn’t always happen are communications and conversation between a person and their advocate about decisions affecting their future medical care. Through our free advance care planning program, Gerber Memorial is encouraging people to have those conversations as a key step toward more peace of mind.”