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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2018 – Florida Hospital New Smyrna recognized Linda Schutte of the environmental services department with the Starfish Award. This award recognizes employees that are not nurses, but still provide impactful, compassionate patient care.
She was nominated by a former colleague.
“I had passed out in the hallway near the emergency department... I didn't know it at the time, but she dove behind me and stopped my head from hitting the floor, hurting her hand,” he wrote in his nomination of Schutte. “I can't thank Linda enough for what she did. I was in the emergency department and found out that I was severely dehydrated. The emergency department staff were great, but Linda probably saved me from getting a concussion.”
About Florida Hospital New Smyrna
Florida Hospital New Smyrna 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 New Smyrna has 112-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 New Smyrna, visit www.FHNewSmyrna.org.
Pictured from left to right: Wendy Weisheimer, Florida Hospital New Smyrna director of quality; Julie Carter, Florida Hospital New Smyrna director of emergency department; Linda Schutte, Starfish Award winner; Ken Mattison, Florida Hospital New Smyrna CEO; Nancy Evolga, Florida Hospital New Smyrna human resources director; Tom King, Florida Hospital New Smyrna director of environmental services; and Dawn Lynch, Florida Hospital New Smyrna chief nursing officer.