Ionia County Memorial Hospital

479 Lafayette St. Ionia, Michigan  48846 

   1-616-527-4200

 

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Our Mission:  We are committed to improving and maintaining the health of the people of the communities we serve.

Social Services

 

The ICMH Social Services Department insures the continuing care needs of patients and their families are addressed. We can help ease the worries and concerns that can prevent patients from obtaining the maximum benefit from their medical care and can offer assistance and guidance to meet a variety of emotional and social needs such as:


Adjustment to illness, disability or loss
Advance Directives, information and guidance
Behavioral health needs
Child/Elderly protective concerns
Domestic violence
Discharge planning for patients needing rehabilitation or  

  long-term care
Family/Relationship issues
Financial/Legal problems
Referrals for basic needs such as housing, transportation and medications
 

 

Advance Medical Directives

Advance Directives are documents signed by competent persons giving directions to healthcare providers about treatment choices in certain circumstances.  There are two types of advance directives:

 

1)   A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you to name a "patient advocate" to act for you and carry out your wishes.  It is a legal document that allows you to name anyone at least 18 years of age to be your advocate and to make healthcare decisions for you, in the event you are unable.  You can pick a family member, friend, or any other person you trust, but be sure the person you choose is willing to serve.

 

2)   A Living Will, although not recognized by Michigan statue, allows you to state your wishes in writing, but does not name a patient advocate.  It is a written statement in which you inform doctors and family members what type of medical care you wish to receive should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious, and unable to make or communicate decisions about your continued care.

 

Ionia County Memorial Hospital has established policies to help you make sound medical-ethical decisions about your treatment.  We recognize and respect your right to participate in the course of your treatment based on your physician's medical judgment, as well as your ethical and moral values.

 

 

For more information you may contact:

Barb Dora, Discharge Planner

Phone: 616-527-4200, ext. 145

bdora@ioniahospital.org

 

Last updated:  29 May, 2008 12:07 PM