FREE - Getting Your House in Order: Advance Directive Workshops

Summit Medical Group has partnered with Laughlin Memorial to offer workshops that will walk you through the process of completing your advance directives.

Workshop Objectives

  • Describe the advance directive process.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of advance directives.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the benefits and burdens of treatment options and when to refer to other professionals for guidance.
  • Understand how to select an appropriate healthcare agent.


Workshops allow you to complete your advance directive with the help of an expert.

Laughlin Memorial - Greeneville area
1420 Tusculum Blvd.
Greeneville, TN  37745
Private Dining Room

Classes held monthly
Call:  423-787-5019

What is an advance directive?

Advance directives are written, legal instructions stating your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives aren't just for older adults. Unexpected, end-of-life situations can happen at any age, so it's important for all adults to be prepared. Even if you are in good health now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step to assure you get the medical care you want.

Advance Directive Facts

  • Lack of awareness is the most common reason a person does not have an advance directive.
  • Only about 30% of Americans report having an advance directive.


Why is it important to complete an advance directive?

  • Gives you and your loved ones peace of mind.
  • Helps prevent questions, confusion and disagreements among family members.
  • Advises healthcare providers what you want if you are unable to speak for yourself.


What treatment decisions do advance directives include?

  • Use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • Use of resuscitation if your breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Use of tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation


What part of the form do I need to complete? PART 1: AGENT: You may choose to ONLY complete part 1 and designate medical decisions to be made by your agent; someone you trust to make health decisions for you if you are unable to do so.

PART 2: INDICATE WISHES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE and TREATMENT: Completing part 2 allows you to choose which conditions will provide an acceptable quality of life and specify your wishes for treatment.

Form is required to be witnessed OR notarized


Distribute a copy of your advance directive to your:



If you are interested in attending an Advance Directive Workshop, please ask your provider for details.
  • Physician
  • Health care agent
  • Hospital of choice