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PetSmart Donates Stuffed Animals for Pediatric Patients

ORANGE CITY, Fla., December 20, 2017 — On Dec. 15, the Altamonte Springs PetSmart store donated more than 400 stuffed animals to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. 
These plush dogs and cats will be given to children who come into the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department.  
Each year, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial cares for approximately 10,000 patients under the age of 18 in the emergency department.
“This gift of stuffed animals from PetSmart will be a source of comfort for kids who visit us, often during very frightening circumstances, when they are either sick or hurt,” said John Lazarus, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department director. 
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has 175-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit
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From left to right: Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chaplain Enrique Calandra, Altamonte Springs PetSmart assistant store manager Joanne Tuitt, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department director John Lazarus, and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation executive director Maureen Mercho.