Thank you to our 2013 Volunteers of the Month
"The Circle of Friends is a dedicated, diverse, dynamic volunteer group of women from the medical, legal, sports and other professional groups. They graciously give of their time, talents and treasures toward the healing ministry and mission of Florida Hospital. I am proud to represent this wonderful group of women and the mission of Florida Hospital."
"Cancer has been very prevalent in my family and in my circle of friends. My mother and sister-in-law both passed away from cancer. Many of my closest friends also have died from this dreadful disease. Fortunately, I have a great many friends who have fought this disease and gone into remission. If we are around long enough, we all will get some form of cancer. Today my father-in-law is battling it as well as my mother-in-law.
Consequently I have devoted a tremendous amount of time to helping those I know and many I don't through free mammograms, check-ups and ensuring they have the right doctor and oncologist.
It gives me a great sense of pride to spend my time helping others."
"The difference between a good hospital and excellence within a hospital is directly correlated to the community it serves and that communities ability to raise capital, attract world class doctors, and a mission to excel. I choose to be a community member that supports such excellence and the Adventist Health systems mission."
"It has been an honor to serve on the Florida Hospital Winter Park Foundation Board given it's commitment to the community and the patients they serve by providing the absolute best health care services available based upon the core belief that preventive medicine and a focus on a faith based mission is the key to promoting long, healthy and fulfilling lifestyles."
"For my entire life, Florida Hospital has supported our family. From my grandparents to my children, through my wife’s battle with cancer and with my recent heart event. Volunteering at Florida Hospital Foundation seems like just one small way to give back to an organization that has given our family so much."
"The Leadership Team, Hospital and the Foundation, make themselves constantly accessible to the board members, which allows me to stay up to date and deliver accurate information to potential donors and community partners. The Florida Hospital Foundation never waivers from its faith based mission of providing much needed services and benefits for the entire community. I am proud to be associated with this great organization and look forward to working with them for years to come."
Jennie Yoon Buchanan, MD
"Giving back is my way of saying thank you. The reason I’m here today is because other people have helped me. And by giving back and paying it forward I think I can make a difference in other people’s lives. I think it’s a blessing to be able to give something to somebody else and I know that Generosity Heals."
"Florida Hospital for Children puts children first, providing an amazing experience from walking in the door to leaving for home. I believe caring for kids in the hospital should be an experience, not an assembly line, which is what Florida Hospital for Children accomplishes every day. I consider myself a gateway for the Florida Hospital Foundation for physicians who are interested in giving back, whether it be through monetary donations or proving their valuable time providing healthcare for kids in need in other countries. I have tried to encourage other physicians to get involved by simply educating them on what the Foundation is about and what it accomplishes. I am so proud to represent a hospital where the kids feel like there are NOT at a hospital and where I get to go to work every day and be a kid, with the kids!"
Robert Metzger, MD
"The Florida Hospital Foundation has been instrumental in providing funding in support of the development of the multi-organ transplant programs at the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute. It has been a privilege to work with the Foundation in this, and now in our efforts to build a Transplant House that will greatly benefit our patients and their families. I have served on the medical staff at Florida Hospital for over 40 years and this hospital embodies the approach to medical care that was instilled in me during my formative years under Jesuit scholars at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Both philosophies promote "the Healing Ministry of Christ!"
Steve and Lee Alexander
"Volunteering at the Florida Hospital Foundation allows us to work beside others in our community that also have the desire to see lives touched and transformed by the amazing care and healing that Florida Hospital provides. Having had heart disease directly impact our lives, we have a passion to help, encourage, educate, and raise not only funds, but awareness in our community about heart disease. We hope to be a small chapter in the wonderful story of what Florida Hospital is doing to heal and prevent heart disease in Florida and throughout the nation." – Lee Alexander
Sharon Jallad and Laura Owens
"My experience as a volunteer at Florida Hospital has opened my heart and mind to the extraordinary impact an impassioned community can have on a mission. As a member of the WPMH Family Board and co-chair of the Women's Task Force, I have found many opportunities to promote the hospital mission. In particular, the goals of The Florida Hospital Women's Center - Winter Park. I have been delighted to see the momentum grow and extend to my daughters, their school community, personal friends as well as business associates. I am grateful for the blessing of experiencing firsthand the generosity of my community and the commitment to care for one and other. Philanthropy is a way to say thank you for our individual blessings and to enrich the lives of those in our community." –Laura Owens