10th Annual Gala Raises $150,000 For Expanding Emergency Services

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AdventHealth Waterman Gala

TAVARES, Fla., March 4, 2019 – Nearly 200 guests joined the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation for the milestone 10th annual Celebration of Life Gala on Feb. 23.

The evening at the Orlando Science Center raised nearly $150,000 to support the hospital’s emergency services expansion and included a gourmet dinner, silent auction, entertainment by SAK Comedy Lab and a special drawing for a pair of garnet and diamond earrings.

“Originally built to accommodate 50,000 patients a year, our AdventHealth Waterman emergency department cared for nearly 66,500 patients in 2018. These consistently high volumes show a clear community need to expand our ER to care for patients who turn to us during their greatest time of need,” said April Kauffman, AdventHealth Waterman Foundation President. “Through the generosity of our donors, we can help ensure patients continue to receive the very best care in a safe and compassionate environment.”

The AdventHealth Waterman Foundation is currently engaged in a $5 million capital campaign to support the hospital’s ongoing construction project to expand the emergency department. All proceeds from the gala will support this campaign.

Expanding emergency services and facilities at the hospital aims to improve patient access and satisfaction, reduce wait times, provide greater privacy and enhance patient safety.

The first phase of the project will open in April of 2019.

About AdventHealth Waterman
AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 269-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Waterman, the organization’s parent company changed the name of all wholly-owned entities to AdventHealth on Jan. 2, 2019. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. AdventHealth Waterman is located in the heart of Lake County and was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit http://AdventHealthWaterman.com.

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Nearly 200 guests helped the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation raise nearly $150,000 during the 10th annual Celebration of Life Gala at the Orlando Science Center.

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