Also in the Observer: FHF honors military members; FHF hires new coding manager; FHF hosts luncheon on lung cancer; and new hires.
After over a month of delays, the Sabal Palms Senior Living Facility is finally open for business, according to Protea Senior Living owner Greg Spiro.
The facility was originally scheduled to open on Oct. 17, but the arrival of Hurricane Irma in early September caused natural delays in construction.
The building, located at 2124 Palm Coast Parkway, was recently issued a certificate of occupancy, which means the building is substantially completed enough for people to occupy, for $1,145,500. Spiro said a few items still need work, however, including landscaping and the installation of a generator and fountain. Spiro said the generator will take a few months to be installed because of a massive backup in generator orders.
“Those are things that will come in at a later stage,” Spiro said. “But it’s absolutely ready for occupancy. There’s no question about that.”
Spiro said Sabal Palms will be run in conjunction with Northstar Senior Living and Triton Senior Living — both of which will help manage the facility's operations.
In addition, Spiro, who has been doing business in Palm Coast since 2002, said his company chose Palm Coast as a location because of the high demand for such a facility. He said more than 40 people wanted to move into the facility the first day it opened.
“I’ve seen the community grow tremendously over the last 15 years. So, we decided it would be a good place to put down a facility,” he said. “It’s been successful so far. Hopefully, it continues.”
Florida Hospital honors military members who are overseas
Florida Hospital Flagler staff and volunteers collected supplies for support boxes for military members serving in Afghanistan, according to a news release. The supplies — which include toiletries, snacks, books, games and more — are being collected in honor of Veterans Day.
In addition, hospital employees and visitors created more than 160 cards for soldiers serving abroad and donated nearly $270 for future supply purchases on Nov. 10.
The boxes and cards were given to the Soldier’s Ministry at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, which has been shipping support boxes to military members overseas for nearly a decade. This effort is also supported by the Delrossa/Mystic clothing company in Bunnell, which ships all the boxes as a donation.
“In a year when we watched the world’s hardships become truly overwhelming, the outpouring of love and kindness and deep appreciation for our brave military men and women serving so far from home was truly moving,” said Eddie Goncalves, FHF director of pastoral care, in a release. “This is something we look forward to doing each year.”
Florida Hospital picks new coding manager
Kathleen Mishuk was picked to serve as the regional coding manager for the Florida Hospitals in Flagler and Volusia counties, according to a news release.
Mishuk, who has over a decade of health information management experience, will be responsible for maximizing the value and contribution of the coding department and will oversee a team of about 40 coding professionals.
She was last directing the corporate auditing and coding department for the Maryland and Washington D.C. regions.
Mishuk, a resident of Ormond Beach, earned a Certified Coding Specialist license from the American Health Information Management Association and a Certified Professional Coder license from the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Florida Hospital hosts luncheon on lung cancer
In honor of National Lung Cancer Month, Florida Hospital Flagler and Florida Cancer Specialists hosted a healthy lunch for the community on Nov. 13, where radiation oncologist Dr. Luis Carrascosa and hematologist/oncologist Dr. Philip Ndum discussed lung cancer, according to a news release.
Ndum said in a release that about 25% of all cancer diagnoses are lung cancer. In addition, 1-in-14 men will develop lung cancer during his lifetime, while the risk for a woman is about 1-in-17.
One of the leading risk factors for developing lung cancer is exposure to tobacco smoke, according to the release.
Lung cancer is also among the deadliest cancers in the United States and is one of the only cancers not subjected to routine screening.
A computed tomography scan (CT scan) can help detect lung cancer and does not require intravenous contrast dye.
“Under the Affordable Care Act, most private insurers, as well as Medicare, must cover the cost of yearly lung cancer screening in people considered at high risk,” Carrascosa said in a release. “About 1 out of 4 screening tests will show something abnormal in the lungs or nearby areas that might be cancer. Most of these abnormal findings will turn out not to be cancer, but more CT scans or other tests will be needed to be sure.”
- Cindy Hakanen was added to the sales team at Grand Living Realty as a licensed broker associate, according to a news release. Hakanen, who first began her real estate career in 2001, has sold hundreds of homes from Port Orange to St. Augustine.