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PetSmart Donates Stuffed Animals for Pediatric Patients

ORANGE CITY, Fla., November 2, 2016 — On Oct. 26, the Altamonte Springs PetSmart store donated stuffed animals to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. 
 
These plush dogs and cats will be given to children who come into the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department, as well as the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Deltona Health Park outpatient facility.  
 
This year, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial expects to care for more than 11,000 patients under the age of 18 in its emergency department.
 
“This was such a kind and unexpected gift from PetSmart. These stuffed animals will be a source of comfort for kids who visit us, often during very frightening circumstances, when they are either sick or hurt,” said John Lazarus, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department director. 
 
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 175-beds, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 923 beds and more than 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.FHFishMemorial.org. 
 
Photo Caption: 
On Oct. 26, Joanne Tuitt, Altamonte Springs PetSmart assistant store manager (right), donated stuffed animals to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chaplain Beth Grant (center) and Chaplain Art Bakewell left). These plush dogs and cats will be given to children who come to the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial emergency department, as well as the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Deltona Health Park outpatient facility.