Oak Hill Hospital
April 12, 2016

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: