Florida Hospital raises $56,000 for the American Heart Association, struts for breast cancer awareness and starts on a new clinic in New Smyrna Beach.
BY THE OBSERVER STAFF
Hospital raises $56,000 for American Heart Association
More than 1,000 residents supported the American Heart Association last month, at the 2013 Heart Walk, at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, raising about $156,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke. Of that loot, Florida Hospital Volusia-Flagler was the largest company sponsor, contributing more than $56,000, or about 35%.
The hospital really made a splash — especially during its charity dunking booth, where employees got a chance to drop their bosses into the drink, if their aim was good enough. Other fundraisers included a Royal Baby shower attended by about 200 pregnant women, who got free massages and education, a competitive chili cook-off and bowl-a-thons.
The event was chaired by Ed Noseworthy, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial CEO.
Mayor, residents strut for Breast Cancer
Ormond Beach’s Mayor’s Health & Fitness Challenge and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center hosted a Pink Strut over the Halifax River Bridge Oct. 10, and then along the pier. All of the walkers rocked their brightest pink duds to promote annual mammograms.
Marijke Vandegoor, hospital physical therapist, led the group in a pre-walk stretch, while Mayor Ed Kelley led the charge.
In addition to the walk, participants heard from breast cancer survivor Charlene Brady, who also works as a breast care nurse navigator at the hospital.
“Not only is today’s strut helping to raise awareness about breast cancer, but with this walk over the bridge, we are each personally fighting breast cancer,” said Brady, before the walk. “The American Cancer Society recently shared a study that indicated that women who walk for at least an hour a day are 14% less likely to develop breast cancer.”
The hospital also offered free screenings to nearly 150 people, for peripheral vascular disease last month, at campuses from Volusia through Flagler counties. Almost 30% of the screenings shows borderline or abnormal results for the disease, which causes arteries to harden.
New, $14.5 million New Smyrna Beach center begins
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center hosted a groundbreaking for its new, New Smyrna Beach outpatient facility Oct. 16.
The $14.5 million center will be 31,200-square-feet and will include an imaging, lab, rehabilitation and physician offices, including both specialists and primary-care physicians.
The facility is expected to open next fall.