Tomorrow is National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. This is a time to decide and inform your loved ones about your end of life wishes before difficult decisions have to be made.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 Pastoral Services at Duke Regional Hospital will host an Advance Care Planning Table from 11:30 am-2 pm, at the entrance of the Hospital’s Cafeteria for visitors to learn about advance directives and register as an eye, organ and tissue donor.

Take the time to consider these important decisions, discuss them with your loved ones and let us help you complete the documents. It will give you peace of mind that your decisions are known and will be honored.

Don’t know how to start the conversation? Visit begintheconversation.org to learn tips on how to talk with your loved ones about advance directives: Visit our website to learn about the different types of advance directives and where you can fill out forms online.

Call Duke Regional’s Chaplain’s office at 919-470-5363 if you have questions.

Register as a Donor

162412065February is Black History Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the need to register more donors in the African-American community.

  • There are 3,301 North Carolinians on the transplant waiting list as of January 27, 2015. Of those, 1,675 are African-American.
  • There are 2,852 North Carolinians waiting for a kidney transplant. Over 1,500 of them are African-American.
  • While 51 percent of all license and ID card holders are registered as donors in North Carolina, only 37.3 percent of African-Americans driver’s license and ID card holders are registered.

Please talk to your loved ones about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Click here to learn more.