“Nothing is certain except death and taxes”
Episode 15: Nathan Kottkamp
As he became involved with multiple hospital ethics committees through his law practice, Nathan was confronted with many disturbing issues regarding Advance Directives. He realized there were too few options that provided resolutions to those issues.
Time and again, families, healthcare providers and hospital administrators are faced with the daunting task of interpreting patients’ wishes about their healthcare choices if they cannot speak for themselves and have no Advance Directive. If there is no path of choice provided by the patient, everyone involved questions if they are making the right decisions in the end.
Nathan is changing that path each day. He encourages individuals to fill out Advance Directives and to communicate their wishes to their loved ones to radically change how and where patients face the last months, weeks and/or days of their life.
Nathan founded National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16) because he knows we can do better if we understand and grasp how to prepare for end of life better. National Healthcare Decisions Day started as a state initiative in Virginia, but quickly became a national movement.
Over the last twelve years, Nathan has led a nationwide effort to educate Americans about the importance of advance healthcare planning. He provides access to resources that guide individuals on how to plan for and execute their personal Advance Directives before they cannot speak for themselves.
Nathan has visualized and implemented a better way to educate Americans on personal healthcare decisions and directives. Nathan started a National movement. Through his passion and dedication to the importance of Advance Directives, he has proven that one person with a passion for change can move the world.