DELAND, Fla., November 23, 2016 On Nov. 12, golfers joined Florida Hospital DeLand for a golf tournament at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand.
The event raised $2,600 to benefit the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fund.
COPD is a progressive disease that develops slowly and makes it hard to breathe. It can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Symptoms often worsen over time and can limit the ability to do routine activities.
Nationwide, COPD is a major cause of disability, and it's the third leading cause of death. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD, but many more people may have the disease and not even know it.
It was a beautiful day for golf and all pledged to help see this event return and grow next year, said Dave Thompson, Florida Hospital DeLand registered respiratory therapist and COPD educator. Three of the golfers won the putting contest, forcing a dramatic play off that Ryan Barnett won.
The EMPros team of Wayne Carroll, Dr. Ivan Menezes, Joel Russell Jr., and Joel Russell Sr. won the golf tournament with a score of 56.
About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of AdventHealth, 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 923 beds and more than 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.