March 29, 2006
CURRAN TO RELEASE GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROXIES
Seeks to Forestall a Maryland Schiavo Case
March 30, 2006 Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.,
with the American Bar Association, will unveil
two documents to help family members and friends who are making
medical decisions for someone else. One is a short pamphlet entitled “Making
Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Guide for Marylanders” This
guide will give key information about the role of a health care
proxy in Maryland. The other is a more detailed, Web-based document, “Making
Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Maryland Handbook.” This
handbook offers step-by-step explanations of how to do this critically
important job well.
Curran’s office is considered a national
leader in end-of-life care policy; his leadership in this field
has helped thousands of Marylanders to complete Advance Directives,
which enable people to plan for medical situations when they cannot
speak for themselves. In 2005, more than 120,000 Marylanders received
Advance Directives from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.
The new guide and handbook, which will particularly help in situations
when there is no Advance Directive, is being made available one
year after the tragic death of Florida resident Teresa Schiavo.
Ms. Schiavo died after a prolonged legal battle between family
members over what medical decision she would have wanted them to
make for her. The new guidance, which was funded by the Morton
K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation and which the American Bar Association
sees as a national model, is aimed at helping families avoid this
kind of dissension.
Attorney General Curran will be joined by Charles Sabatino of the
American Bar Association and W. Anthony Riley, MD, Medical Director
of Hospice of Baltimore and medical director of Senior Services
at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Family members who served
as health care proxies for former Hospice of Baltimore patients
will also be on hand.
event will be held:
March 30, 2006 at 10 a.m.
Hospice of Baltimore and Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care
6601 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21204
For directions please visit their website www.hospiceofbaltimore.org