Advance Directives

When planning for future healthcare needs, it is important to put legal documents in place to convey healthcare wishes in the event that you are unable. It is always important to discuss individual wishes with family and physicians. Completed and signed documents should be witnessed and presented to your physician, hospital and family. Hamilton General Hospital keeps advance directives on file at our Health Information Management Department.


Directive to Physician and Family or Surrogates

This form is designed to help you communicate your wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when you are unable to make your wishes known because of illness or injury.

Download an Advance Directive in English.

Download an Advance Directive in Spanish.


Medical Power of Attorney

A Medical Power of Attorney is an important legal document giving the person you choose the power to make health care decisions for you in the event that you are unable.

Download a Medical Power of Attorney in English.

Download a Medical Power of Attorney in Spanish.


Out of Hospital - Do Not Resuscitate Order

This form instructs emergency medical personnel and other health care professionals to forgo resuscitation attempts and to permit the patient to have a natural death with peace and dignity. This order does NOT affect the provision of other emergency care including comfort care.

Download an Out of Hospital - Do Not Resuscitate Order.


For more information or assistance regarding advance healthcare planning documents, please contact your physician or Sheena or Shannan in our Social Services Department at (254) 386-1600 or via email at schristi@hamiltonhospital.org.