R 185
2018 -- S 2815
Enacted 04/12/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators McCaffrey, Lombardi, Crowley, Metts, and P Fogarty
Date Introduced: April 12, 2018

     WHEREAS, National Healthcare Decisions Day, celebrated on April 16, is a national
initiative to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care
planning. It is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations to encourage
adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis; and
     WHEREAS, The Improving Care Coalition, a project of the Rhode Island State Nurses
Association is the state liaison for National Healthcare Decisions Day; and
     WHEREAS, National Healthcare Decisions Day will help Rhode Islanders understand
that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would
or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care
preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak
for themselves; and
     WHEREAS, Making healthcare decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in
writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so
common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one
would have wanted; and
     WHEREAS, An advance directives document speaks for your healthcare decisions if you
can't speak for yourself. Everyone needs an advocate; and
     WHEREAS, National Healthcare Decisions Day may encourage Rhode Islanders to start
the conversation about advance directives with their families rather than delaying that discussion;
     WHEREAS, National Healthcare Decisions Day educates and empowers the public and
healthcare providers to take part in important advance care planning and encourages patients to
discuss the topic with their healthcare providers to; and
     WHEREAS, National Healthcare Decisions Day is an event that provides the opportunity
to advocate for a good life that honors a person's healthcare wishes; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby recognizes April 16, 2018, as "National Health Care Decision Day" in the State of Rhode
Island. We urge and encourage all the citizens of the state to learn about advance care planning
for themselves and their loved ones; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island
Department of Health, and The Improving Care Coalition, a project of the Rhode Island State
Nurses Association.