Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center

Medical decisions

Helping you and your family with important healthcare decisions

At Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, we understand the challenges of making difficult healthcare decisions. 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 you are ever unable to make those decisions. You have a choice when it comes to healthcare and we are here to honor those choices.

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Advanced directive

Prince William Medical Center will follow the instructions expressed in a patient's advance directive to the extent required by Virginia law. For patients who are unable to make, or make known, medical decisions and do not have an advance directive, we will request consent from the patient's spouse, parents, guardian, nearest relative or other person authorized to speak for the patient.

Bioethics committee

Our bioethics committee is made up of physicians, nurses, the hospital chaplain, 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.

Anyone directly involved in a patient's care can request bioethics committee assistance. This committee will listen to your case objectively and bring collective wisdom to it, but will not tell you what to do. The services of this committee are available 24 hours a day, free of charge. To contact a member of this committee, please call the hospital operator by dialing 0 and request the on-call bioethics team.

For additional information about our medical care decision services, please call 703-369-8000.