Flagler Hospital Presents $100,000 Grant to St. Johns Volunteers!
Saint Augustine, FL – November 3, 2017 – Earlier this week, Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy presented a grant of $100,000 to St. Johns Volunteers! on behalf of Flagler Hospital. The funds will enable St. Johns Volunteers! to expand its operations, supporting Flagler Hospital’s commitment to building a healthier community. Working in partnership with the Community Leadership Council, St. Johns Volunteers! is key to achieving the council’s vision to create a “Community for a Lifetime” – a safe, inclusive, welcoming community with opportunities for all residents to learn, work, play, contribute and remain healthy and independent.
“We know that staying active and engaged improves quality of life. In fact, research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Those who volunteer, especially later in life, have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression than those who don’t,” commented Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy. “This initiative is one of many that will ultimately help St. Johns County and Flagler Hospital collectively become a national model for community-based care.”
St. Johns Volunteers! was established to expand the capacity of local nonprofit organizations by providing a connection point for volunteerism. St. Johns Volunteers! offers an array of programs and services designed to link individuals, families, organizations and businesses with opportunities to make a positive impact.
“We appreciate Flagler Hospital’s investment in our community and specifically this generous support of St. Johns Volunteers!” stated Susan Ponder-Stansel, president and CEO of Community Hospice, chair of the Community Leadership Council and vice chair of the St. Johns Volunteers! Board of Directors. “This is yet another example of how Flagler Hospital serves as a catalyst for so many programs that improve our community’s health and quality of life.”
Carol Saviak, who has served as director of volunteer services for Flagler Hospital and supported the creation and operations of St. Johns Volunteers! through a management services agreement with Flagler Hospital, will now serve as the organization’s first, full-time executive director.
About Flagler Hospital
Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence by HealthGrades. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital’s focus on quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, National accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about all of the hospital’s services log on to www.FlaglerHospital.org.
St. Johns Volunteers!, Inc.
St. Johns Volunteers! is a private independent 501-c-3 organization established in 2015 to provide a community connection point for volunteerism in St. Johns County. The mission of St. Johns Volunteers! is to connect people and resources to enrich the quality of life in St. Johns County. St. Johns Volunteers! seeks to match the unique talents of individuals who desire to make a difference in the lives of others with rewarding local service opportunities. The organization hosts an online volunteer opportunity website which makes it easy for citizens to search local volunteer opportunities at any time and operates a volunteer resource and nonprofit training center. The St. Johns Volunteers! center is located in the St. Augustine Record Building, 1 News Place, Suite A, St. Augustine, Florida. Telephone 904-584-9600. Website: www.stjohnsvolunteers.org.