What does 'opting out' mean?

By Elaine Sakala

Dear Editor:

At Delta County Memorial Hospital we will be "opting out" of Colorado's End-of-Life Options Act (Proposition 106) but what does that mean?

Let us explain what that will mean to our community:

DCMH will not provide medical aid-in-dying medications.

We feel it will be more appropriate for patients to do this in the privacy of a location of their choice, outside of the hospital.

DCMH will assist a patient in transfer to another participating hospital or physician, if necessary.

We will continue to provide all other end of life/palliative care measures and respect a do not resuscitate request and or physician order.

As always DCMH will continue to provide support to our patients, their families and our providers when facing a terminal illness. We will continue to offer an environment of professionalism and dignity to all of our patients.

If you have further questions you can contact Elaine Sakala, risk management, 874-7681.

Elaine Sakala
Delta County
Memorial Hospital