Nominations for 2017 Blue Flame Awards

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DELAND, Fla., January 5, 2017 The Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation is seeking nominations for the 10th annual Blue Flame Awards.

The Blue Flame Awards are given to healthcare providers in our community whose service to patients and the community is exemplary, said Maureen Mercho, Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation director. We give the Blue Flame Award, because as the hottest part of the flame, it ignites the rest of the fire. We believe that our recipients do just that in our community.

The 2016 awards honored emergency medicine physician Dr. Stephen S. Knight and Florida Hospital DeLand registered nurse Gloria Denston for their significant contributions to the health and well-being of the community.

To nominate a doctor or nurse, call Call386-917-7142 for more information. Nominees should have a relationship with Florida Hospital DeLand and have many years of dedicated service to the community.

Nominations for the 2017 Blue Flame Awards will be accepted until Feb. 15. The winners will be announced on March 15, followed by a dinner ceremony on April 6 at the at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand.

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 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.

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