Free CMHS event on advance directives

The public is invited to learn about the importance of advance directives for future healthcare while sampling local gourmet food at a free event hosted by Community Memorial Healthcare System.

The event, called “Advance Care Planning for Foodies,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 17, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St. The free event is part of CMHS’ 2019 Ethics in Healthcare speaker series. Dr. James Hornstein will serve as the moderator and answer questions. In addition, professionals will be there to help guests fill out forms and provide additional information. Gourmet food will include hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar.

Advance directives might not be a fun or comfortable topic of conversation, but your future healthcare plans and wishes should be discussed with loved ones, especially as you age. Advance directives are documents that tell others how you want medical decisions to be made for your care if you can’t speak for yourself. They allow you to give your instructions in cases when you may be unconscious, in a vegetative state or impaired by dementia or other health conditions. These legal documents tell your family, friends, and healthcare providers what kind of care you want, what you don’t want, and whom you would like to make healthcare decisions for you if needed.

The April 17 event in Ventura is free but reservations are required. For reservations, visit Speaker Series | Community Memorial Health System or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

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Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, the Centers for Family Health, and various outpatient centers serving communities located within Ventura County, California.


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