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St. Claire Regional Hospice Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16

4/4/2011

St. Claire Regional (SCR), along with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is highlighting the importance of advance healthcare decision-making on National Healthcare Decision Day - April 16, 2011.

Advance directives allow you to document your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are terminally ill or critically injured and unable to talk or communicate. The document helps ensure your loved ones and healthcare providers know how to honor your care decisions.

"SCR Hospice & Palliative Care is an important source of information locally for advance care planning. We welcome those interested in learning more about how to prepare for decisions at end-of-life to visit our office to receive free materials and/or to speak with our professional staff," said Robin Franklin, SCR Hospice & Palliative Care Director.

For more information, contact SCR Hospice and Palliative Care at (606) 783-6808 or toll-free at 1-800-264-0616. Individuals can visit the office located at 201 Lyons Avenue in Morehead, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am. - 4:30 p.m. For additional information about National Healthcare Decision Day and efforts throughout the country, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

St. Claire Regional is the largest rural hospital in northeastern, Kentucky and serves as a 159-bed regional referral center. As a regional referral center, SCR receives referrals from other providers for many of the most serious and complicated health problems including critical/intensive care, advanced diagnostic services, and specialty surgical care, which includes general, cardiac, vascular, urological, gynecological, and orthopedics. SCR also has pulmonology, neurology, cardiology and gastroenterology specialists who provide both inpatient and outpatient services.

With nearly 1,400 employees, SCR is the second-largest employer in the region. In addition, St. Claire Regional is an established training site for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's physician residency programs. SCR's Medical Staff is comprised of nearly 100 physicians representing 31 medical specialties.

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