Walla Walla General Hospital, in accordance with religious beliefs and federal and state law, affirms your right to self-determination.
As a competent adult, you have the right to make decisions regarding your healthcare including the right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment, to complete advance directives and to designate a representative to make healthcare decisions for you.
Advance directives allow you to indicate, ahead of time, what your intentions for your healthcare would be if you became unable to make those decisions for yourself. Once you have completed advance directives, you continue to make healthcare decisions for yourself as long as you are capable.
Walla Walla General Hospital has instituted policies with respect to your right to make healthcare decisions. We will not condition your care upon whether or not you have completed advance directives. Our social workers will be happy to speak with you about our advanced directive policy, and provide you with a pamphlet of information. However, if you have completed advance directives, we ask that you provide us with copies for your medical record. We reserve the right not to act upon them when they are contrary to our mission or inconsistent with applicable law and regulation. We also reserve the right not to offer treatment that can no longer be expected to provide any benefit. If Walla Walla General Hospital elects not to honor your advance directives, you have the right to request transfer to another facility.
Our goal is to provide you with information that will help you decide whether or not you wish to exercise your right to make healthcare decisions ahead of time and to assist you at your request. Please be advised that hospital employees and volunteers are requested not to witness advance directives. However, should you have any other questions, you are encouraged to discuss them with one of our social workers on staff.
The American Hospital Association offers a web resource with easy-to-use, helpful information on advanced directives called Putting It In Writing. The site is in both Spanish and English. Elements of this site include a wallet card, which is a printable card that alerts healthcare workers that the card-carrying patient has filled out an advance directive. The card also provides emergency contact names and numbers and a glossary of simple explanations of frequently used terms like living will, advance directive and durable power of attorney for healthcare.