Employee Hero of the Year Named

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DELAND, Fla., June 21, 2016 On May 24, Florida Hospital DeLand recognized Johanna Castellanos, certified nursing assistant in the hospitals medical and oncology unit, as the Hero of the Year for 2016 for her extraordinary work ethic and dedication.

At Florida Hospital DeLand, an employee is selected annually as the Hero of the Year for going above and beyond, whether its with patients, families or throughout everyday life. The employee is selected from among 12 team members, all of whom were awarded as a Hero of the Month throughout the year.

Castellanos originally received the Hero of the Month award in April.

Johanna won this award for taking the time to find patients belongings after they've left the hospital and then delivering these personal items to patients on her way home from work, said Sheryl Schaefer, Florida Hospital DeLand clinical nurse manager for the medical and oncology unit. Johanna is one of those employees everyone wants on their unit. She puts our patients first and always goes above and beyond.

About Florida Hospital DeLand

Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 164-beds, Florida Hospital DeLand is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 907 beds and nearly 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community's overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

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