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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 1 year ago

Hospital to sponsor Speedweeks

Also: Real Estate sales report for September
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Florida Hospital, which will soon be renamed AdventHealth, and Daytona International Speedway recently announced an expansion of their relationship. making the health system the official presenting sponsor of Daytona Speedweeks.

In a multi-year partnership, Daytona Speedweeks will now be referred to as Daytona Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth. Speedweeks is highlighted by the DAYTONA 500.

 In 2014, Florida Hospital was named official healthcare partner of Daytona International Speedway and provides the medical services at the facility.

In August, Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, announced that it will change its name to AdventHealth on Jan. 2.

David Ottati, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Health System’s Central Florida Division, said Speedweeks will present an amazing opportunity to introduce AdventHealth to race fans.


Art gallery offers framing


Ocean Art Gallery, located in Granada Plaza at the corner of State Road A1A and Granada Boulevard, will open a full-service art frame shop on Nov. 5. Gallery owner Frank Gromling said many clients have said they want quality frames for art they have acquired.

Gromling said the gallery will offer framing services to its clients at special “client appreciation” prices.

Ashley Rudicel was hired to be the gallery’s framing manager. She has more than five years of experience in framing with a national company.


Home sales up from last year


The number of single-family home sales across the greater Daytona Beach rose for the second consecutive month in September from the same month last year, according to an analysis of MLS data by Realtor Ron Wysocarski, broker and CEO of Wyse Home Team Realty in Port Orange.

For September, 390 single-family homes were sold with a median home sales price of $232,500. That amounts to a 10 percent increase in sales compared to the same month last year, and a 3.5 percent rise in median sales prices.

Compared to August, sales were down notably while median prices rose slightly. Wysocarski said it’s a typical trend for sales to slow in September as students return to school and sellers await the return of seasonal residents.

Year to date, sales are up by four percent and median sales prices remain seven percent higher than the first nine months of 2017. 

Meanwhile, condo sales around the greater Daytona Beach also rose in September compared to a year ago, with strong median price gains. 

Wysocarski said there were 127 condo units sold in September compared to 120 units sold in September 2017. Median sales prices climbed 15.5 percent to $234,000 over September 2017.

Year to date, median sales prices of condos are up by just over 10 percent over 2017.


Health auxiliary names officers


At its annual meeting, Halifax Health Auxiliary Inc. made a check presentation to Halifax Health Foundation, Halifax Health Medical Center’s charitable foundation, in the amount of $110,101.01.

Also, Halifax Health Auxiliary officers were installed to serve a one-year term, which began Oct. 1.  The auxiliary’s new officers are: Cynthia Rose, president; Daphne Sapp, first vice president; James Davis, second vice president; Donna Himes, recording secretary; Tami Collins, corresponding secretary; Joan Chase, treasurer; and Mehdi Mahdvar, assistant treasurer. 

 Halifax Health Auxiliary provides volunteer opportunities Call 425-4036 or visit

Shown at a check presentation are Halifax Health Human Resources Officer Kimberly Fulcher; Auxiliary Past President Liz Dusz; Foundation Director Joe Petrock; and Halifax Health Communications Officer Ann Martorano.



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