National Health Care Decisions Day

WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to be a participating organization in a group called Honoring Choices, which is advancing National Healthcare Decisions Day, on Thursday, April 16, next week.

Honoring Choices is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and complete written advance directives. These resources are available at

“Through our National Healthcare Decisions Day activities, many more people in our community will be able to engage in thoughtful conversations about advance care planning and make their wishes known,” said John Vander Meer, Communications Director for WHCA/WiCAL. “The more people who have conversations about their end-of-life wishes, the fewer struggles family members and health care providers will have about making snap medical decisions in crisis situations. Furthermore, health care teams will be better prepared to address health-related issues before a crisis occurs and also, be better able to honor the patient’s end-of-life wishes.”

WHCA/WiCAL is one of 22 health systems in Wisconsin participating in Honoring Choices Wisconsin, an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society to promote the benefits of and improve processes for advance care planning across the state, in health care settings and in the community. For more information about Honoring Choices Wisconsin, please visit: For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit