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Humanitarian of the Year

PALM COAST, Fla., December 4, 2018 – On Nov. 7, the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation honored the Humanitarian of the Year, Dr. Stephen Bickel during a banquet at the Hammock Dunes Club.

This recognition is awarded annually by the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation to recognize those who have made a substantial contribution to the community, both in personal time and energy, as well as financial support.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation,” said Bickel. “I truly enjoy the association with them and our common goal of taking care of those that live in our community.”

Bickel has been a Flagler County resident since 2011, where he first started caring for patients at the Flagler County Free Clinic.

He is also Flagler County’s local medical consultant of Florida Hospital’s Community Care program, an initiative that helps uninsured and underinsured patients manage multiple chronic illness and live healthier despite multiple barriers.

As medical director of the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County and the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, he has been instrumental in a variety of initiatives, including overseeing a high-quality HIV program and a chronic Hepatitis C program. Bickel and his colleagues in Flagler are currently developing a certified diabetes education program that will launch in early 2019.

Furthermore, Bickel helped develop and create Flagler Cares, an organization that focuses on developing a social safety net infrastructure in the community and is a founding member and Gold Member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation’s 20/20 Society.

“This award is very important to our Foundation,” said John Subers, Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation director. “We honor someone who not only supports Florida Hospital Flagler, but also gives of themselves to the community.  It is obvious that Dr. Bickel does so much for the healthcare in our community.”

Previous Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Humanitarians of the Year include: Florida Hospital Flagler Auxiliary and the Florida Hospital HospiceCare Volunteers (2017); Dennis and Laurie Alter (2016); Peter and Sue Freytag (2015); Tony and Dottie Papandrea (2014); Charles M. Helms (2013); Kathy McKenna (2012); Annie W. Woodard (2011); Elmer C. Stainbrook (2010); and Jerald K. Tranzow (2009).

About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses in nine states and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, Florida Hospital Flagler will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth’s care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Located in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Flagler has 99-beds and is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit

Photo Caption:
On Nov. 7, Dr. Stephen Bickel was honored as the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year. Pictured from left to right: John Subers, Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation director, Bickel, and Tony Papandrea, chairman of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation.