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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

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South Nassau will be providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives.

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National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

  1. 1. New From:For Immediate Release April 5, 2013Contact: Damian Becker, Manager of Media Relations (516) 377-5370 National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16 Oceanside, NY – South Nassau Communities Hospital, along with other national, state and communityorganizations, is part of a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day(NHDD). As a participating organization, South Nassau is providing information and tools for the public to talkabout their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives(healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws. These resources arealso available at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org. From 10 AM to 3 PM in South Nassau’s atrium there will be a large exhibit hosted by healthcaredecision specialists offering free information to the public about advance care planning and advance directiveforms. “As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can beexpected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advancedirectives to make their wishes known,” said Kathi Morse, administrator, Palliative Care & Geriatric Services.“Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in theabsence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to addressadvance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the timecomes to do so.” South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profitteaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, painmanagement, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers,South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with theNovalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated StrokeCenter by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the
  2. 2. American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the AmericanSociety for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org. # # #

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