Advance Directives

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital , we want to provide our patients not only with the highest care, but the treatment they desire. Every patient has the right to determine how vigorously he/she would want to pursue life-sustaining measures when the end of life is near. For this reason, we encourage our patients to discuss these decisions with their families, to designate a person to speak on their behalf, and to put their wishes in writing. There are many options.

advance-directives Advance Directive Document Prepared By DC Hospital Association


AHA launches online resource for advance directives:


Put It In Writing

On May 2, AHA launched Put It In Writing, a Web resource in Spanish and English that provides hospitals and consumers with easy-to-use, helpful information on advance directives. The Website supplies a glossary of terms, a downloadable version of the Put It In Writing brochure, a printable wallet card and links to additional resources.

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Aging With Dignity - "5 Wishes"

Offers information on the "5 wishes," which categorizes end-of-life issues into 5 subjects. This website offers information needed to discuss issues with your family using clear terms on difficult subjects. This document is not endorsed by Georgetown over other, similar examples, but it is available to you and recognized as a legal document by the hospital (this document is not recognized by every state as a legal document, so please check your state legal parameters before using this document).


Family Doctor - Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Supplies answers to common questions regarding end-of-life issues to help patients decided what they would want. This website offers information in both English and Spanish, and is clear and thorough to facilitate your decision with your treatment options and care in the hospital.


At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital we believe that your life should be lived according to your wishes, and should end respecting your dignity. We encourage you to let us know how you would like us to take care of you.