Biz Buzz: Florida Hospital Flagler receives "A" for patient safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Also in the Observer: New businesses, hiring events, and awards and recognition.
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Nov. 6, 2017

Florida Hospital Flagler is ranked as one of the safest hospitals in the United States, as FHF was one of the only hospitals in the area to earn A ratings from The Leapfrog Group in the latest release of Hospital Safety Grades, according to a release.

David Ottati, the CEO of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Cashio

Florida Hospital DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical also received A ratings.

The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals across the nation based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“We are so proud of these scores, as they reflect the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said David Ottati, CEO of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, in a release. “It is our responsibility and privilege to help our community live healthier and happier. This achievement speaks to our hospitals’ culture of safety and unwavering dedication to providing the very best patient care.”

CareerSource Flagler Volusia to host Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Event

CareerSource Flagler Volusia is hosting the fifth-annual Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, according to a release.

Paychecks for Patriots is a statewide hiring event created in partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to address the employment needs of veterans and military families. The event works to bring employers with current position openings to the table with great military and veteran candidates.

The event will be held at the Elmer J. Hawkins Banquet Hall at 5810 S. Williamson Blvd. in Port Orange. The morning hours, which are reserved for veterans and eligible spouses, are from 10 a.m. to noon. From noon to 2 p.m., the event will be opened for public participation. Twenty-five employers will be at the event.

More information can be found here.

Nature shop coming to Palm Coast

A shop that will help your backyard become a “fine-dining experience” for the area’s wild birds is coming to Palm Coast, according to a release.

A painted bunting: one of the birds you can see in a Palm Coast backyard. Photo courtesy of Tamar Boorstin

Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, which has over 300 locations of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, will be located at 250 Palm Coast Parkway in the Island Walk Shopping Center. The store specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature gifts and products, expert advice and educational events.

“We can show you how to bring song, color and life to your backyard bird-feeding habitat, which also benefits the wild birds and the environment around us,” Boorstin said in a release.

The store will open in December and will have a grand-opening event in January.

More information can be found here.

Awards and recognition

  • Cornelia Downing Manfre, of the Watson Realty Group, was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute. She was among 166 designees who were honored by the institute.
  • John Lidstrom and Rasa Siulte, specialist in residential real estate affiliated with Coldwell Banker Premier Properties, were named October’s top listing agents.