Consumers are being asked to assume an increased role in their health and health care decision-making. From managing chronic health conditions to choosing high quality providers to making decisions about treatment options or insurance coverage, consumers need support to succeed in their new roles.  Consumer engagement is a crucial element in the progress of care management efforts that include increased provider collaborations.

CCHN supports a myriad of initiatives designed to promote consumer engagement and help community residents to be informed decision makers.


Advance Care Planning

CCHN has developed a county-wide initiative to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care for our residents as they near the end-of -life.  Our objective is to increase and strengthen cooperation among local providers to ensure that Chautauqua County Residents have access to quality medical services and that their end-of-life choices are known and respected.  Efforts include educational programs for individuals, health care organizations, physician practices and EMS personnel.  The centerpiece of this initiative is a web-based registry containing thousands of health care proxies.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the FREE Chautauqua Cares Health Care Proxy Registry to specify their health care wishes.  Medical care providers have access to the Registry 24/7 and can download a copy of your proxy and ensure that your wishes are followed. 

Those who complete the proxy form are asked to think about their health care wishes and put them in writing using the NYS Health Care Proxy Form and appoint a health care agent.  This should be someone with whom you have discussed your wishes and who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

For those who receive health care services in Chautauqua County, mail a completed copy of your proxy to:

Chautauqua County Health Network
200 Harrison Street, 2nd Floor
Jamestown, NY 14701

or fax to CCHN at 716 338-9740.  

Your wishes will be entered in the Chautauqua Cares Health Care Proxy Registry.

To download forms from other states, please click here.