For scheduling or information, 877-CENTEGRA

Advance Directives

When you arrive at Centegra, you will be asked if you have an advance healthcare directive such as a Power of Attorney for Healthcare. If you so desire, information about advance healthcare directives will be provided to you.

Types of Advance Healthcare Directives include:

  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Living Will Declaration
  • Illinois Declaration for Mental Health Treatment
  • (POLST) Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

All forms can be found on the official Illinois Department of Public Health:

Ethics Consultations

Members of the Centegra Ethics Committee are available to help patients, families or caregivers when they are faced with difficult ethical decisions.

Ethics consultations may be requested if a patient or family member would like additional information, dialogue and support in dealing with the following areas:

  • Advance directives
  • Surrogate decision making
  • The refusal of treatment
  • Conflicts with caregivers
  • Withholding or withdrawing treatment
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders
  • Other issues perceived as ethical problems


An ethics consultation can be initiated by either:

Placing a call to the Nursing Supervisor (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Centegra Hospital-McHenry

  • (815) 759-4299 (7 am–3 pm)
  • (815) 759-4249 (3 pm–7 am and holidays and weekends)

Centegra Hospital-Huntley

  • (224) 654-0700

Centegra Hospital-Woodstock

  • (815) 334-3977

Asking a caregiver to initiate an ethics consultation on your behalf

  • You will be asked about the nature of the ethical problem and how you can be contacted.

The best initial approach to an ethical conflict is a discussion that can include patients, family members, chaplains, nurses, physicians and other involved healthcare professionals. These discussions may be organized as a patient care conference.