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Hospital Recognizes WOC Nurse Week

March 31, 2009

Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that it will recognize Wound, Ostomy and Continence Week from April 12 – 18 of this year. The WOC nurse plays an important role in the medical field. Wound, ostomy and continence nurses enhance the quality of life for individuals who are debilitated by chronic and acute wounds, ostomy conditions or continence disorders. The profession traces its roots to 1968. The field eventually evolved from ostomy care to include patients afflicted with chronic and acute wounds caused by pressure ulcers, diabetes and venous insufficiency, as well as individuals suffering from fecal and urinary incontinence.

There is a serious concern among the members of the WOC Nurse society. A majority of its nurses (60%) are nearing retirement age. Therefore, the WOCN Society is urging its members to respond to a new calling this April – training the next generation of WOC nurses. During wound, ostomy and continence nurses week the society will recognize WOC nurses for services they provide to millions of patients who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomy, and urinary/fecal incontinence. The society has begun promoting mentoring opportunities and encouraging professionals to share skills and expertise to equip a new generation to carry the WOCN commitment for caring.

Oak Hill Hospital has always provided the services of a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. This position is currently held by Linda Ravenhorst. Ms. Ravenhorst is a certified wound, ostomy and continence care nurse. She is a graduate of Pacific Union College in California, Walla Walla College in Washington and she holds an MBA from Nova University in Florida.

For more information about the WOC nursing profession, visit www.WOCN.org.

About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital is now celebrating 25 years of compassionate care to the community.

Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (204 acute care beds) and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive heart program including open heart surgery.

Approximately 300 physicians, 900 associates, and 300 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team.

Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:

  • First and only Chest Pain Center in Hernando and Citrus County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • First primary stroke center to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission in Citrus and Hernando County.
  • First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please call (352) 597-6383 (Hernando) or (352) 628-6441 (Citrus).

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