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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 5 years ago

Upchurch donates to Florida Hospital Oceanside resource room

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Ormond Beach attorney Thomas Upchurch recently made a donation for a new information hub at the hospital.

BY EMILY BLACKWOOD | STAFF WRITER

A donation from local attorney Thomas Upchurch will benefit the education of patients on their medical conditions, as well as assist them with how to live more comfortably once discharged from rehabilitation.

Florida Hospital Oceanside used the donation to fund a family resource room named after Upchurch. Howard Perch, executive director of rehabilitation services at the hospital, said in an email that the room is home to the area's only inpatient rehabilitation facility with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities accreditation for stroke care, among the many diseases patients are educated on living with.

"The Thomas Upchurch room is a dedicated space," Perch said, "designed to educate and inform patients, families, loved ones and friends regarding inpatient rehabilitation services, medical conditions, treatment options and outcomes for those suffering from conditions that require their hospitalization on an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit."

Upchurch, an elder law attorney, said he donated because he understands a patient's need for information.

"There is a lot of confusion amongst families when they have a loved one in a rehab facility," Upchurch said. "I thought it was a great idea to have a resource room, so I wanted to help them make it a reality."

The resource room is located on the third floor at Peninsula Rehabilitation Oceanside.

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