Also part of the UPMC family:
Also part of the UPMC family:

Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive

The Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive includes decisions related to end-of-life care that are not necessarily "medical decisions." These decisions could include the following:

  • Visitation from clergy
  • Living out life at home or elsewhere
  • Burial and/or disposition of bodily remains

In the Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive, you decide when your medical decision maker can act and direct care on your behalf. The medical decision maker is the durable medical power of attorney. You should select a person who is comfortable with your expressed medical wishes and can make them known to your doctor and health care team.

You can choose whether the durable medical power of attorney becomes the decision maker as soon as the document is filled out and signed or when you are unable to make your own choices. While only one person can be the medical decision maker, you can choose whether your medical decision maker follows your wishes with total flexibility, some flexibility, or no flexibility.

Download the PDF about advance medical planning (link opens a new window). For more information about advance directives, download Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive (PDF).

Find a Doctor

Browse UPMC doctors and medical professionals to find the care that's right for you. Customize your search by specialty, zip code, last name, and more.

Visit the UPMC Find a Doctor website.
Make an Appointment

Find important information on scheduling your appointment or finding a doctor or service that meets your needs.

Request an appointment now.
Find a Location

Browse addresses and contact information for our network of hospitals, specialty care practices, and community health locations.

Find a UPMC location near you.
Pay Your Bill

Learn more about how to pay your UPMC bill. Find resources including payment methods and contact information for assistance.

Pay your bill now.
Find a Career

Advance your career with UPMC. Discover our latest job listings and learn about our values and career pathways.

Find your ideal career at UPMC.