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Florida Hospital’s Backpack Donations Bursting with Needed Supplies

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) tenth annual backpack drive for local students in need got great support from its staff and volunteers. On Tuesday, August 9, hospital staff presented representatives from the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills with 98 backpacks in all shapes, sizes and colors full of school supplies plus four huge boxes brimming with the same. One of the boxes was donated by members of the East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zephyrhills. Before the supplies were released to the Samaritan Project for disbursement, FHZ Chaplain and Samaritan Project Board member Doug Higgins said a blessing. From left are Samaritan Project Board members Nick Deford, Carol Green and Jean Taylor; Doug Higgins; Charles McEndree, FHZ backpack coordinator and the hospital’s administrative director of planning and operations; Samaritan Project Administrator Theresa Parkhurst with Executive Director Carol Scheckler; and FHZ President and CEO Randy Surber. McEndree said that over the past decade, FHZ has donated more than $20,000 in backpacks and school supplies through the drive. 

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.