Under federal law, all patients entering any hospital have the right to choose and refuse medical treatment. Sometimes patients become unable to make their own decisions regarding medical treatment. Advance directives, written statements created by patients, can help health care providers and family members understand what the patient truly wants. These directives are a gift to your loved ones, as they remove uncertainty and guilt. Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital encourages patients to enter into discussions about your wishes with your loved ones and to prepare your advance directives prior to medical care.