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AdventHealth volunteers donate $10k toward new wheelchairs

Also in local business: AdventHealth launches study of clergy health, CareerSource hosts a networking event and more.
by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

AdventHealth volunteers donate $10,000 for wheelchairs

The AdventHealth Palm Coast volunteer auxiliary donated $10,000 to AdventHealth Palm Coast, having raised the funds through various activities, such as holiday and gift shop sales.

The donation will support the purchase of new, upgraded wheelchairs that will increase patient’s comfort and improve mobility for volunteers and transportation employees.

“Our volunteer auxiliary team is proud to continue supporting AdventHealth Palm Coast and the surrounding community,” said Tom Sisti, volunteer auxiliary president. “Our team works hard every day to assist with our patients and guests.”

“We appreciate our volunteers and the impact they have on our patients and visitors,” said Wally De Aquino, AdventHealth Palm Coast chief operating officer. “We are very thankful for their generous donation.”

The AdventHealth Palm Coast volunteer auxiliary. Courtesy of AdventHealth Palm Coast

AdventHealth to study health of clergy

A new study led by AdventHealth University aims to better understand the health and well-being of clergy.   

“Inside and outside places of worship, faith leaders play a significant role in the lives of so many people, whether as a shoulder to cry on or a source of inspiration,” said Orlando Jay Perez, vice president of institutional ministries for AdventHealth. “It is also important that their mental, spiritual and emotional needs are addressed, and we hope this study brings more understanding of those needs.”

“Conditions of mental and emotional despair are on the rise and touch so many people,” said Martin Shaw, lead researcher for the study. “While clergy is a somewhat understudied group, it is critical that we gain greater insight about their mental and emotional well-being and ways to mitigate issues where present. Our ultimate goal is to better understand how best to care for and support our clergy and the communities they serve.”

Clergy interested in learning more and participating in the research study can do so confidentially by visiting

CareerSource Flagler Volusia hosting interchange event 

The next Alliance4 Interchange Event is being held Feb. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the L. Gale Lemerand Student Center at Daytona State College. The Alliance4 Interchange partners local businesses together with workforce development, economic development, and education to collectively design solutions for attracting and retaining the workforce needed for long-term success in today’s economy. Businesses will interact with other members of their industry sector and local partners to discuss talent needs, share best practices, and develop long-lasting solutions.

Any businesses in the retail, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, or business and professional industry sectors interested in attending the event can reserve a spot at

Flagler County Bar Association adds director

Michael Chuimento III has announced Diane Vidal has been appointed as a Flagler County Bar Association director.  Diane was installed as a board member at the Flagler County Bar Association’s 2020 meeting on Jan. 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast. She will serve a term of two years in this position.

Coast Title adds new closing agent

Licia Bleidner. Courtesy of Closing Title Insurance Agency

Sandra McDermott, owner of Coast Title Insurance Agency, Inc., is pleased to announce that Licia Bleidner has joined the company’s team as a closing agent. Licia has been in the mortgage industry for 30 years, as a loan processor for the first 10 years, then as a loan officer for her next 20 years.

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