|Columbia County Health System|
Dayton General Hospital has decided not to participate in the Washington state’s new assisted suicide law, making it one of several in the area to bow out of the initiative passed by voters during the 2008 fall referendum.
The hospital’s board of commissioners voted in January, and approved a hospital policy which prohibit its medical staff from assisting terminally ill patients in ending their own lives on the hospital’s premises under the Death with Dignity Act.
The Death with Dignity Act, which took effect March 5, 2009, requires hospitals that do not participate to inform the public so patients seeking to end their lives, and who need hospitalization, have time to plan an alternative.
The providers of Dayton General Hospital will continue to be diligent in patient care and will provide referrals to participating hospitals if needed.