Also in the Observer: Local funeral home director overcomes cancer to open new facility.
Florida Hospital facilities, as well as hundreds of physician practices, urgent-care centers and other medical sites across the country, officially became AdventHealth on Jan. 2 as part of a new consumer-centric brand launch, according to a news release.
The change comes several months after Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, announced the organization and its wholly owned hospitals and care sites would adopt the AdventHealth name.
AdventHealth, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, has nearly 50 hospitals and more than 80,000 team members in nearly a dozen states. There are 30 AdventHealth hospitals and freestanding emergency departments in Florida.
“This is an historic and transformational time for our organization and the communities we serve. We’re building on our rich legacy and stepping into the future with a new name and renewed dedication to caring for the whole person — body, mind and spirit,” said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division.
Throughout the year, AdventHealth will launch new programs and initiatives as part of its commitment to whole-person health, clinical excellence and making health care easier for consumers to navigate. Those initiatives include a new app for patients to manage their health, records and medical needs; a wholeness screening tool in physician practices; and the Center for Genomic Health in Orlando.
“This is an exciting time as we elevate our ability to connect communities with our expanded network of care,” said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of AdventHealth West Florida Division. “This name change reinforces our commitment to provide a viable, affordable health care system and to continue our unique brand of inspired, compassionate whole-person care through clinical expertise and leading-edge innovation.”
Local funeral home director overcomes cancer to open new facility
Paul Chambery opened the Chambery Family Funeral Home in July 2017 with the goal to “celebrate life.” Paul and his cousin Tony Chambery poured their blood, sweat and tears into getting the facility, then located at 14 Palm Harbor Village in Palm Coast, up and running.
Then Paul started to get sick. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer shortly after the opening of the home.
“I was a mess for a while,” Paul said. “It was financially stressful. It was a terrible thing to go through. I wanted to serve the families in my community, but I couldn’t.”
The funeral home closed down in January 2018.
A few months later, however, he started to regain his strength. He felt like he could give the funeral home business another shot.
After months of planning and enduring chemotherapy, he opened up the new funeral home — a 3,000-square-foot facility located at 4601 E. Moody Blvd. in Bunnell — at the end of October.
In addition, Paul, who had his right kidney removed in June 2018, has been cancer-free since September.
“I love doing this,” he said. “It’s really nice to serve families in the community again. It feels good to promote the celebration of life.”