Black River Memorial Hospital is highlighting the importance of making advance health-care decisions.

April 16 is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

An advance directive is a legal document that tells family, friends and health-care professionals a person’s wishes about the medical care they want when they are too sick or hurt to do so.

BRMH wants to help people understand how to fill out an advance directive, also known as a health-care power of attorney or living will.

BRMH is holding a free educational event 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Dorothy Halvorson Conference Room. Dr. Kirk Lane and Dr. Neil Cox will provide a 20-minute presentation about how to begin the conversation on advance health-care planning.

“This event will help people begin to understand how important it is to make their healthcare wishes known,” Lane said.

During the second half of the program, there will be staff available to answer questions or to help those who wish to fill out their own advance directive.

Please attend and receive tools on how to have this very important conversation. Refreshments will be served. Please register online at, call 715-284-3629 or email