Brooksville, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital is participating in National Healthcare Decision Day on April 16, 2016. National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advanced care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2016 is “It always seems too early, until it is too late”.
NHDD is a 50 state annual initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and providers through widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools (not just forms) to guide the process. NHDD entails 50 independent, but coordinated, state and local events supported by a national media and a public education campaign.
A key goal of NHDD is to demystify healthcare decision-making and make the topic of advanced care planning inescapable. On NHDD, no one in the United States should be able to open a paper, watch TV, view the internet, see a physician or lawyer, or go to a healthcare facility without being made aware of the topic of advanced care planning. Among other things, NHDD helps people understand that advanced healthcare decision-making includes much more than a living will, it is a process that should focus first on conversation and choosing an agent.
Across the country every healthcare facility should participate as the flagship venue for public engagement. Other participating organizations that have their own physical spaces should engage in activities as well. Those organizations that lack physical spaces work in conjunction with others or at non-healthcare venues such as libraries, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. to support the initiatives. A variety of churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country are also supporting the effort by highlighting the importance of advanced care planning with their congregations.
Oak Hill Hospital will employ a variety of venues including radio talk show appearances, news releases, Facebook postings, and provide links to some of the major sites for all those who are interested.
For more information, contact Maria Torres, MSW, LCSW at 352-597-6155, or go to the following websites:
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About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus Counties (262 acute care beds), is the area’s largest private employer, and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery. Over 300 physicians, 1,200 associates, and approximately 250 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team.
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@HCAHealthcare.com. In Citrus call 352-628-6441. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at OakHillHospital.com, or like us on Facebook.
Oak Hill Hospital has demonstrated its healthcare leadership by achieving distinction on many levels. Please visit our website for a comprehensive listing of all Oak Hill Hospital accreditations, awards, and distinctions.