Hospitals and schools renew nationwide public service program encouraging healthy hand hygiene, particularly during the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak.

New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Bayonet Point, Florida –Community Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point continue to make their “Clean Hands Are Cool Hands” program available to the community. Hand washing remains a key to preventing flu transmission.

For a FREE Clean Hands are Cool Hands coloring book call 1-877-4-HCA-DOCS. Visit the Clean Hands are Cool Hands web site at

Clean Hands Are Cool Hands is a national campaign originally designed to prevent the spread of community acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), common yet highly contagious bacteria that frequently inhabit a person’s skin or nostrils. The hospitals of HCA West Florida and the HCA Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), earlier in the school year kicked off the program which includes a public service announcement and interactive website featuring Mitchell Musso from the hit Disney show Hannah Montana educating kids and their parents on the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of germs in schools.

Public health officials in Hernando and Pasco Counties recently sent out warnings to all places where people congregate such as schools, department stores and factories and healthcare facilities as a result of the H1N1 flu outbreak. In particular healthcare officials have advised the public to reduce close contact such as handshaking, hugging, and sharing of food utensils. They have encouraged hand sanitizer or access to soap and water for employees, volunteers, and students to encourage regular hand cleaning.

“HCA has been a national leader in developing a comprehensive patient safety program to eliminate healthcare associated MRSA in our hospitals,” said Daniel Miller, President of HCA West Florida Division. “With the growing incidence of community acquired MRSA we are using our expertise to develop information to share with children, parents, and teachers.”

About Community Hospital:
Community Hospital is located in New Port Richey, FL. It is a leading Joint Commission accredited acute care center. Over 400 physicians, 1000 employees and 200 volunteers comprise our healthcare delivery team.

Community Hospital has received distinction in the following areas:

  • Chest Pain Center accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
  • Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center
  • Dedicated Cancer Program recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
  • Dedicated Breast Care Center with Digital Mammography, 3D/4D Ultrasound, Breast MRI, and Patient Liaison to ensure the patient’s needs are met.
  • All private room Women’s Center for Gynecology and Urology Services
  • All private room Spine & Joint Care Center
  • The only da Vinci Robotic System in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties

Construction is underway on the Medical Center of Trinity, a 236 bed, state-of-the-art, private room facility at the corner of SR 54 and Little Road in Trinity to replace Community Hospital in late 2011.

For more information, visit our website at

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).

About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point:
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Solucient, and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, JCAHO Accredited Stroke Center, and Accredited Cancer Program.

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