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November 14, 2013
Florida Hospitals Honor US Military on Veterans Day

VOLUSIA/FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., November 15, 2013 – Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Flagler each found a special way to recognize the servicemen and women of the U.S. military on Veterans Day.

A week before Veterans Day, Florida Hospital Flagler created a space in lobby to honor the nation’s veterans. The display showcased pictures of military servicemen and women who recently served in Afghanistan, along with quotes from well-known leaders thanking veterans.

Florida Hospital Flagler volunteer Barbara Clutter created the tribute, complete with patriotic symbols, quotes and pictures. Throughout the week, hundreds visited the display and wrote down the names of military members, to thank them for protecting America’s freedoms. 

“This display pays tribute to those who have and who are currently fighting to preserve the freedom that we are so richly blessed with in America,” said Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison. “We often take for granted those who have fought for our freedom, and we should never take our freedom for granted. When thinking of someone's willingness to give his or her life for our greater good, my thoughts quickly turn to Jesus. He willingly gave His life as a sacrifice for us. Our country and this community are blessed with people of that spirit: our United States veterans.”

On Veterans Day, Florida Hospital DeLand invited the community, employees and volunteers to join them for a prayer service at the hospital’s flagpole. The special ceremony was led by Florida Hospital DeLand CEO Tim Cook and hospital chaplains Rudolph Sterling and Garfield Browne led the prayer.

“Today we pay tribute to all who defend and protect our country from various enemies, both foreign and domestic. It is a noble task and one so easy for us to take for granted at times. Since our country’s inception, these dear men and women willingly put their lives on the line to protect our God-given freedom,” Cook said. “We are blessed here at DeLand to have many veterans who work with us as part of the healing ministry. Many of our volunteers are veterans as well. What an honor to work with you and thank you for your service to our country.”

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

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On Veterans Day, community members and Florida Hospital DeLand employees and volunteers joined together for a prayer service at the hospital’s flagpole. The special ceremony was led by Florida Hospital DeLand CEO Tim Cook and hospital chaplains Rudolph Sterling and Garfield Browne led the prayer.

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