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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - SJH promotes Advance Healthcare Decision-Making on April 16 for National Healthcare Decisions Day

VINELAND, NJ (March 9) – South Jersey Healthcare joins other national, state and community organizations in promoting and highlighting the importance of advance healthcare decision-making on Monday, April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

Only about a third of Americans have executed advance directives, and South Jersey Healthcare recognizes the need to increase community awareness of the importance of talking about end-of-life issues and making one’s wishes known.

On April 16, South Jersey Healthcare will welcome the public throughout the day in the lobbies of the SJH Regional Medical Center and SJH Elmer Hospital, with brochures and staff to educate the public about advance care planning. The hospital TV systems will also show patient educational videos throughout the day.

NHDD, in its fifth year, promotes the awareness, completion, and discussion of advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will). These free and relatively easy to complete documents allow a person to convey his or her decisions about end-of-life care. For more information about NHDD, please visit

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.