For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834


Health Care Decisions

At Vidant Health, we want you to always have control of your medical treatment. We will do our part to help you make the best decisions for your health care situation by educating you about your treatment choices and the possible outcomes of each. We will also provide you with all the information you need so you can make an informed decision.

In the event you become too sick to make decisions for yourself, it will be important to have advance directives in place to ensure your wishes are honored.

Advance directives are legal documents that give instructions to health care providers about the kind of treatment you want to receive if you are not able to communicate with your doctors, nurses and family.

North Carolina law provides for three kinds of advance directives. Download forms below.

  • Living Will A legal document that tells others that you want to die a natural death if you are terminally and incurable sick or in a persistent vegetative state and will not recover from that state. A living will allows you to tell your doctors not to use heroic measures such as a respirator (a machine that helps you breathe). You may also instruct your caregivers not to begin or to stop giving you food and water through a tube (artificial nutrition or hydration).
  • Health care Power of Attorney — You may name a person to make medical or mental health decisions for you if you are not able to make decisions for yourself. The person you name is your health care agent. You may also use this document to state what kind of medical or mental health treatments you do or do not want.
  • Advance Instruction for Mental HealthYou may also create a legal document that contains advance instruction for mental health treatment. This document tells health care providers what mental health treatments you do and do not want if you are not able to make decisions for yourself.