Presbyterian Medical Center

Medical care decisions

Encouraging and assisting patients in their treatment decisions

Having to make a difficult medical care decision for yourself or a loved one can seem like an impossible task when the time calls, especially with emotions running high. At Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, we understand the difficult position this can create for your family and friends. We want you to be aware of the legal tools that are available to you and help you with difficult medical decisions if and when the time comes.

If you would like more information about advance directives, call our Chaplaincy Services office at


Advance directives

An advance directive is a written description of the medical care you would or would not want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. An advance directive also can include the name of someone who will make healthcare decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself.

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

Ethics committee

There may be a time when you're called upon to make a decision about life-sustaining treatment, either for yourself or for a loved one. Novant Health has an ethics committee to help you in such circumstances. Learn more .

Organ and tissue donation

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

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

If you would like more information about advance directives, call our Chaplaincy Services office at 704-384-4168.