DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., December 27, 2017 On Christmas morning, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center gave every patient in the 327-bed facility a prayer shawl or a teddy bear.
More than 400 teddy bears were gifted. Volunteers, staff and community members handmade and donated more than 170 prayer shawls.
Many blessings are prayed into every stitch of the prayer shawls. The person creating the shawl begins with prayers and blessings for the unknown recipient, and these intentions are continued throughout its creation. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl was given to a patient, said Linda Koch, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center ministry project coordinator. Many patients were touched with the thoughtful gift on Christmas morning and shared their appreciation.
About Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center includes the 327-bed facility in Daytona Beach, as well as Florida Hospital Oceanside with 80 beds in Ormond Beach. Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and Florida Hospital Oceanside are two of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees.