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Florida Hospital HospiceCare Donates Mini-Christmas Trees

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., December 31, 2013 – Florida Hospital HospiceCare has decorated and donated 74 mini Christmas trees for patients staying at the inpatient units located at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House on the Florida Hospital Flagler campus in Palm Coast. The trees will also go to Florida Hospital HospiceCare patients who are staying in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Throughout the year, Florida Hospital HospiceCare employees can purchase various snacks in the break rooms with their own money. This funds gifts for patients, such as these mini Christmas trees.

Most of the trees are decorated by Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteers; however, 10 were decorated by local dentists Dr. David Brown and Dr. Andrew Nawrocki and their office staff. Additionally, local optometrist Dr. Michael Cady and his office staff decorated five.

“For the past 12 years, we have given patients these decorated mini Christmas trees to bring normalcy and cheer to those facing life limiting illness, as the holidays can be a difficult time,” said Barbara Cady, Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteer specialist. “This program has never failed to bring a smile to those patients and their families.”

One such recipient this year was Carolyn Warner, 68, a Florida Hospital HospiceCare patient living at Manor on the Green, a skilled nursing facility in Daytona Beach.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Warner said. “This is the best Christmas since my husband passed away in November 2005.

About Florida Hospital HospiceCare
Florida Hospital HospiceCare, a division of Florida Hospital Flagler and a member of Adventist Health System, is the area’s only faith based, not-for-profit hospice organization accredited by The Joint Commission. Florida Hospital HospiceCare has provided “life affirming care” to the residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties facing life-limiting illnesses and injuries since 1996 and extended services to Orange and Osceola Counties in 2011. With an interdisciplinary team of hospice-trained specialists, Florida Hospital HospiceCare provides services to those in need, whether the patient is in their own home or in one of the Florida Hospital HospiceCare inpatients units designed for acute care. For more information on Florida Hospital HospiceCare, call our administrative office at 386-671-2138 or 1-800-404-1133 or visit www.floridahospitalhospice.org.

Photo Caption:
Florida Hospital HospiceCare volunteer Betty Klein delivers a Christmas tree to Carolyn Warner, 68, a Florida Hospital HospiceCare patient living at Manor on the Green, a skilled nursing facility in Daytona Beach. Each year, Florida Hospital HospiceCare decorates and donates mini Christmas trees to brighten patients’ holidays.