June 7, 2017

A Half-Million Dollar Donation Will Benefit Underserved Children

Florida Hospital, a Seventh-day Adventist-managed hospital group in the US State of Florida, gifted a 6,500-square-foot (600-square-meter) building housing a pediatric clinic to Community Health Centers, Inc. last week. Community Health Centers (CHC) has operated the clinic out of the building since 1996. By donating the building, located in Apopka, a city 30 minutes northwest of Orlando, Florida Hospital has transferred an estimated $500,000 in assets to CHC.

CHC is a private, non-profit organization that provides healthcare services to insured, uninsured, under-insured, and under-served children and adults within Central Florida. The organization, which has been in Apopka since 1972, offers dental services, family medicine, obstetrics-gynecologist, pharmacy and more in a pair of neighboring buildings. More than 5,000 children receive treatment at the pediatric clinic each year.

“There’s a great need for the services we provide to the uninsured here in Apopka,” said Margaret Brennan, president and CEO of Community Health Centers. “And we’re glad that this building transfer will allow CHC to continue to carry out this crucial work.”

Florida Hospital Apopka Administrator Tim Cook added that ensuring access to health care is a key part of Florida Hospital’s mission.

“Ensuring people can get the care they need is part of our focus on whole-person health—treating the mind, body, and spirit,” Cook said.

During the handover, which was attended by dignitaries including Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, Cook gave Brennan a ceremonial key representing the transition in ownership.

“Together, we will continue to ensure all Apopkans have access to the medical care they need,” Brennan said.

Florida Hospital group is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and 8,200 licensed beds in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually.

With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care providers with 22 campuses serving communities throughout Florida. According to the group’s statistics, last year it has provided health care to over 500,000 outpatients, treated over 122,000 inpatients, and performed close to 65,000 surgeries.