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For release: March 22, 2013

Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Hospice of VNS Offers Valuable Presentation on Advance Directives
Let your wishes be known

If you became seriously ill and were unable to make your own medical decisions, would your family know what to do? All adults – regardless of age or current health – can benefit from asking themselves this difficult question. Writing your decisions down in the form of advance directives will let others know your wishes about your future medical care. Advance Directives are documents that tell your health care provider what kind of health care you would like in the event that you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself. The two most commonly used advance directives are the living will and durable power of attorney for health care.

Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) is offering a free presentation and workshop on “Advance Care Planning: Let Your Wishes Be Known” on April 16 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center – Green, 1940 Town Park Boulevard, Uniontown. The program is offered in partnership with Area Agency on Aging, and is being held in conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to encourage Americans to express their wishes regarding their future health care decisions through conversation and the completion of advance directives.

The panel of experts includes Dr. David Peter, Hospice physician and Sr. Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Akron General; Jim Koewler, elder law attorney; Rev. Sandra Selby, Furnace Street Mission; and Ann Haas, social worker, Akron General Medical Center. Anthony Mayle from Area Agency on Aging will moderate. Hospice of VNS volunteer attorneys will be present to answer questions and assist in filling out the living will and durable power of attorney for health care paperwork.

This community program is free and refreshments will be served. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, please call 330-344-1800.

About Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service is a nonprofit agency providing compassionate support for individuals facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Care is provided in-home, at nursing facilities or assisted living residences, and at the area's first freestanding Hospice Care Center, the renowned Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road in Copley Township. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home health care services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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