Florida Hospitals Donate $3,000 to Support Local Girls

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VOLUSIA and FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., February 25, 2016 On Feb. 12, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region, which encompasses the five Florida Hospitals within Volusia and Flagler counties, presented a check for $3,000 to the PACE Center for Girls.

As a nonprofit, we at PACE depend on corporate partners like Florida Hospital to keep our doors open to girls who are in need of an individualized approach to learning, said Lori Richards, executive director of PACE Center for Girls.

The PACE Center for Girls is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program, targeting the unique needs of females ages 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills. Every girl at PACE sets individual educational and social goals that are focused on earning a high school diploma or GED, re-entering public school, attending college, getting vocational training, joining the military or entering the private workforce.

Florida Hospital is proud to partner with PACE, as they work to improve the lives of girls across Volusia and Flagler counties, many of whom are working to overcome challenging background situations, said JoAnne King, Florida Hospital Flagler chief operating officer. After meeting some of the girls and touring their modest operation, we knew PACE was just the type of organization that Florida Hospital would be happy to support.

PACE Volusia-Flagler is located in Ormond Beach and has served more than 1,200 girls from the Volusia/Flagler region since opening in 1996.

About Florida Hospital East Florida Region

Encompassing five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 787 beds, 5,000 employees, and 650,000 patients annually. Florida Hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 44 hospital campuses and more than 8,100 licensed beds in 10 states. Florida Hospital's mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ, and in 2015, the five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community's overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

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