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Medical care decisions

Helping you make wise healthcare decisions

Having to make difficult decisions regarding your medical care can be challenging. At Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, we respect your wishes – including your right to refuse medical and surgical treatment. It is also our policy to help you determine and express your preferences about treatment if the time comes when you are unable to make those decisions. You have a choice when it comes to healthcare and we are here to honor those choices.

For additional information on our medical care decision services, please call

336-718-2005

Treatment decisions

During admission, you will be asked to sign a conditions of admission form to grant our care team permission to treat and release medical information to your insurance company concerning your treatment.

If the time comes when you are unable to make decisions about the kind of care you want, we encourage you to make your wishes known to your doctor and family before you are admitted to the hospital. A state law protects this right.

Upon each hospital admission, we are required to ask a patient about his or her advance directives, or living will, and healthcare power of attorney. During admission, we will make copies of these documents for your medical record, if you already have them. If you do not and wish to complete an advance directive, the nursing unit on your floor will supply you with an educational booklet and advanced directive forms at your request.

We will follow the instructions expressed by your advanced directive to the extent required by law. If you are unable to make, or make known, medical decisions and do not have an advanced directive, we will obtain consent from your spouse, parents, guardian, nearest relative or other person authorized to speak to you.

Ethics committee

The ethics committee at Forsyth Medical Center is made up of physicians, nurses, the hospital chaplain, and representatives from medical social work, administration and the general public. This group of professionals is here to help you and your family make difficult decisions about life-sustaining treatment.

Our ethics committee will listen to your case objectively and bring collective wisdom to it. They can help gather all the facts you need to make a decision, and they can offer feedback and suggestions at your request. Our goal is to help everyone involved make the best decision possible. All conversations are held in the strictest confidence.

Organ and tissue donation

There is great need for organ and tissue donors. By becoming a donor, you can save a life.

Sadly, an average of 17 people die each day due to a lack of available donated organs. Every organ and tissue donor can save and enhance the lives of up to 50 people. By becoming a donor, you have the power to change someone's life for the better.

People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. It is possible to donate life to others as a healthy, living kidney donor or a partial liver, lung or pancreas donor. For other donations, your medical condition at the time of your death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.

Your commitment to donation will not interfere with your medical care. Organ and tissue donation becomes an option only after all life-saving efforts have been made and death has been declared. Consent for donation is confirmed and your family will be asked to participate in the process by providing your medical history.

For additional information on our medical care decision services, please call 336-718-2005.