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Florida Hospitals Celebrate National Day of Prayer

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., May 10, 2017 – On May 4, community members of all faiths joined Florida Hospital to pray for the nation during the annual National Day of Prayer observance. 
Held on the first Thursday of May, National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. 
National Day of Prayer serves as a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. It holds a great significance for the nation, as it provides a day for Americans to recall and to teach the way in which the founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. 
“As a faith-based organization, this national observance is very close to our hearts,” said Farzad Nourian, director of mission, ministries and pastoral care for the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties. “Prayer is such an important element of faith, integral to our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, and we are blessed to celebrate this special day with our community.”
Florida Hospital prayer celebrations in Volusia and Flagler counties: 
  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s celebration was at the flagpole in front of the hospital. John Knox Village Chaplain Ray Bertrand led participants in prayer, followed by a special performance by Florida Hospital Fish Memorial pharmacy technician Julio Torrens. 

  • Florida Hospital Flagler’s celebration was at the visitor’s entrance flagpole and featured prayers led by Greg Peters, senior pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Palm Coast, and Charles Silano, senior pastor of Tabernacle Ministries International in Palm Coast. In addition, Erika Przybylek of the St. Augustine Seventh-Day Adventist Church delivered a musical performance.  

  • Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s celebration in the lobby featured musical performances by the Indigo Christian Academy choir, a responsive reading by Harry Watt of Gideons International and prayer lead by Dr. Michael Chambers, Senior Pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. In addition, AMVETS Post No. 2 of Edgewater led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

  • Florida Hospital New Smyrna’s celebration was on the outdoor deck adjacent to the oncology and same day surgery entrance and featured a musical performance by the Southeast Volusia Community Choir. In addition, prayers were led by Florida Hospital New Smyrna Chaplain Martin Shaw, Allen Chapel AME Church Reverend Jeffrey Dove, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Deacon Steve Cooley, New Smyrna Beach Police Department Chaplain Sheila Turner, and Florida Hospital New Smyrna Chaplain Ney Ramirez.

About Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region
A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 1,192 beds and more than 7,800 employees. The Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.