VOLUSIA and FLAGLER COUNTIES, May 4, 2016 In honor of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties recognized the volunteers who donate their time and talents to the hospitals.
Our volunteers are an essential part of our team and this week gives us a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the incredible work they do, said Rob Fulbright, Florida Hospital East Florida Region CEO. They give countless hours because they love our community and the patients we serve.
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week.
On April 13, Florida Hospital Flagler hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon at Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormond Beach for more than 130 volunteers.
Florida Hospital Flagler currently has more than 260 active volunteers assisting in 25 departments throughout the hospital. Since 2005, the volunteers have provided more than 26,000 free blood pressure checks at the hospital and cared for more than 6,000 guests in the Judith C. Macko Cancer Resource Library since it opened in 2010. Financially, this organization has donated more than $1.6 million to the hospital since 1983. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Florida Hospital Flagler, contact Call386-586-4234.
On April 13, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon at The Shores Resort in Daytona Beach Shores for more than 110 volunteers. During the event, four volunteers were recognized for 5,000 hours of service: Rosalie Bernstein, Marge Garrett Susan Maynes and Auxiliary President Pat McCarthy. In addition, teenage volunteer Alexandra Scott was recognized as the Shirley Sliwa TAV Honoree and received $1,500 to assist in furthering her educate after high school. Volunteer Don Cole received the Honorary Life award for his 14 years of service, totaling 5,306 hours.
In its 50 year history, the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary has donated more than $4.8 million to the hospital, helping support patient services, equipment investments, nursing education and the construction of new facilities. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, contact Call386-231-3030.
On April 14, Florida Hospital DeLand hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon at The Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand for 100 volunteers. Hospital leadership served the lunch as a way to honor and thank the Florida Hospital DeLand volunteers for their dedication and service. In addition, the hospital recognized auxiliary members throughout the entire National Healthcare Volunteer Week with a variety of activities, including an ice cream social and a Blessing of the Hands prayer event.
Florida Hospital DeLand has more than 175 volunteers assisting in many departments throughout the hospital and off campus at Elite Repeat Resale Shop and Victoria Medical Park. Last year, the volunteers contributed more than 23,600 hours of service to patients, families and staff. If they were paid, these hours would equate to approximately $175,000. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Florida Hospital DeLand, contact Call386-943-4889.
On April 15, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial hosted a volunteer appreciation tea.
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial currently has more than 200 active volunteers assisting in many departments throughout the hospital. Last year, the volunteers at the Orange City hospital contributed nearly 26,200 hours of service to patients, families and staff. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, contact Call386-917-5091.
About Florida Hospital East Florida Region
A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospitals mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 899 beds and nearly 5,900 employees. The Florida Hospital East Florida Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach. In April 2016, the sixth facility was added to the Florida Hospital East Florida Region family: Florida Hospital New Smyrna (formerly Bert Fish Medical Center) in New Smyrna Beach.