Mercy Hospital was founded in 1852 by the Sisters of Mercy to bring healing to the poor, sick and uneducated. Delivering comfort and spiritual support to those in need remains central to our mission today, and Spiritual Care is an integral part of our health care delivery. On site 24 hours a day, the Mercy Spiritual Care team is available to listen and comfort. Our Spiritual Care staff offers Sacraments, spiritual counseling, grief counseling, and assistance with Advance Directives.
We know that hospitalization and illness can be difficult for patients and families, and so Mercy’s Spiritual Care staff is here to provide prayer, counseling and support for patients and their loved ones in their time of need.
Mercy’s chapel is open 24 hours a day, and all are welcome to pray, visit or find comfort and solitude in this beautiful place. The chapel is conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital. Mass is celebrated at the following times: Sunday 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m., and Saturday at 4 p.m.
An advance directive is a legal document that dictates your preference for end-of-life care. It allows you to communicate your medical decisions even if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
The State of Illinois recognizes four such Advance Directives:
1. Health Care Power of Attorney
2. Living Will
3. Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)
4. Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration.
1. Health Care Power of Attorney
The Health Care Power of Attorney is a written document in which you designate someone to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself. In a power of attorney form, you are called the "principal" and the person you choose to make decisions is called your "agent". You can use a standard Health Care Power of Attorney form (downloadable below) or write your own. You can also give your agent specific directions about the health care you do or do not wish to receive.
Download Health Care Power of Attorney form (28 K PDF) >
2. Living Will
A Living Will serves to inform your health care providers whether or not you want death-delaying procedures used if you have a terminal condition and are unable to state your wishes. A Living Will, unlike a Health Care Power of Attorney, only applies if you have a terminal condition. A terminal condition means an incurable and irreversible condition, as determined by your physician, with which death is imminent and the application of any death-delaying procedures serves only to prolong the dying process. If you are pregnant and your health care professional thinks you could have a live birth, your Living Will cannot go into effect. You can use a standard Living Will form or write your own. You may write specific directions about the death-delaying procedures you do or do not want.
Download Living Will form (20K PDF) >
3. Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Order
A DNR order is a directive stating that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should not be attempted if your heart and/or breathing stops. Before a DNR order can be entered into your medical record, either you or another person (your legal guardian, health care power of attorney, or surrogate decision maker) must consent to the DNR order. This consent must be witnessed by two people who are 18 years or older. A DNR order typically contains a physician's order that requires a physician's signature.
Download Uniform Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order form (92 K PDF) >
4. Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration
A Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration is a written document that allows you to state your desire to receive electro convulsive treatment (ECT) or psychotropic medicine when you have a mental illness and are unable to make these decisions for yourself. It also allows you to say whether you wish to be admitted to a mental health facility for up to 17 days of treatment.
You can write your wishes and/or choose someone to make your mental health decisions for you. In the declaration, you are called the "principal" and the person you choose is called an "attorney-in-fact." Neither your health care professional nor any employee of a health care facility in which you reside may be your attorney-in-fact. Your attorney-in-fact must accept the appointment in writing before he or she can start making decisions regarding your mental health treatment. The attorney-in-fact must make decisions consistent with any desires you express in your declaration, unless a court orders differently or an emergency threatens your life or health.
Download Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration form (40 K PDF) >
More information on advance directives is available from Mercy's Department of Spiritual Care, at 312.567.2044, and the Illinois Department of Public Health at www.idph.state.il.us/public/books/advin.htm