An advance health care directive (advance directive) allows you to state
choices for your future medical care or name someone to make medical
decisions for you in the event you become seriously ill and are unable
to communicate your wishes. Types of advance directives include a living
will, a health care power of attorney or a combination document.
Main Line Health hospitals honor your right to make an advance
directive. We are required by law to ask all adult patients whether they
have an advance directive. If you have an advance directive, please
share it with your doctor and bring a copy with you to the hospital so
that your care providers may know your wishes.
Download a sample
advance health care directive form from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. This sample form is provided for informational and
educational purposes and is not intended as legal or medical
advice. If you choose to use this form or make your own advance
directive, you should consult with your physician and your attorney to
be sure that your wishes are clearly stated and comply with the law.
For more information about advance directives, please ask your case
manager or call the Admissions Department at 484-337-3212.
The Bioethics Committee is available to patients and family members to
discuss bioethical issues that may arise in the course of care. The
Bioethics Committee consists of physicians, nurses, a social worker, an
administrator and clergy. To ensure your privacy, all Bioethics
Committee business is kept strictly confidential. To arrange for a
special meeting, ask your nurse, physician, social worker or case
Recent legislation requires hospitals to notify the Gift of Life Donor
Program upon every impending death to determine a person's suitability
as an organ and/or tissue donor. Sharing your wishes regarding organ and
tissue donation with your family, and including your wishes in your
living will, releases your family from making a difficult decision on
your behalf. Our staff can assist you and your family with questions
about organ and tissue donation. Our organization is a member of the
Gift of Life Donor Program.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.