Mayor Butler Proclaims April 20 Healthcare Decisions Day


RMC Medical Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care and RMC Ethics Committee Member Dr. Alvin Reaves III (L) and Mayor Michael C. Butler (R) celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Week at a free community forum on April 20.
Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler proclaimed April 20, 2017, Healthcare Decisions Day in Orangeburg during a free community forum celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Week.

The April 20 event, which was sponsored by the Regional Medical Center and Agapé Hospice, focused on educating participants about the importance of advance healthcare planning. Mayor Butler’s proclamation emphasized the need for citizens to work together with their healthcare team and their families to make crucial healthcare decisions.

“Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, especially related to end of life care and medical decision-making when patients are unable to speak for themselves,” said Mayor Butler. “Many South Carolinians do not make adequate preparation for healthcare decisions in times of crisis, and such preparation is readily accessible through the medical and legal communities.”

The event included a video, a panel discussion, refreshments, vendors and door prizes. Panelists included Agapé Hospice Chaplain Ed Cheek; Agapé Hospice CEO Theresa Younis, RN; Staff Attorney for South Carolina Legal Services Taylor Ott; and RMC Medical Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care and RMC Ethics Committee Member Dr. Alvin Reaves III.

For more information about making healthcare decisions and creating advanced directives, contact RMC’s Palliative Care Program at 803-395-2200 or toll free in S.C. 800-476-3377.

About the Regional Medical Center

The RMC healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission with Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification, and Level III Trauma Center designation, as well as 22 primary, specialty care practices. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the largest academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.

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