That’s the reaction of almost everyone when we mention the name of our agency, dedicated to healthy hearts. Is Heart of Volusia part of a national organization?
No. Heart of Volusia, Inc. is a 50-plus year old nonprofit agency, founded by a former pharmaceutical firm owner who retired to Daytona Beach. In 1957, a deceased friend left him a bequest to set up an agency dedicated to promoting heart health through research, education and community service. All our efforts and funds stay right here in Volusia and Flagler counties.
In Heart of Volusia’s 50-plus years of serving Volusia and Flagler counties, no one has benefited more from this non-profit’s generosity than the nursing community. Recently, for example, Eunice Rios, a nursing instructor at Bethune-Cookman University, was reimbursed for tuition to complete certification classes in acute and cardiac care. Numerous other nurses have received tuition for important national conferences.Area hospitals, meanwhile, have been on the receiving end of more sizable grants. Florida Hospital Memorial System was given $3,000 for its annual Cardiology Seminar that attracts around 300 local cardiologists for a day-long program of outstanding speakers.
HOV presented the same hospital with a grant of $1,900 recently to buy Basic Life Support equipment for hands-on training. And cardiac care nurses at Florida Hospital DeLand got the financial nod for CPR infant manikins. When it came time to send student nurses from UCF’s Daytona Campus to Univison/Telefutura Health Fair in DeLand, organizers knew whom to ask. Heart of Volusia awarded $500 to purchase Spanish-language brochures for the thousands of fair visitors.
Even the newest nurses in the area get a share of the pie. HOV traditionally presents financial awards of $1,250-$2,000 to the top graduating nursing students at UCF, Bethune-Cookman and Daytona State College.
Area nurses will agree – they truly have found a friend in Heart of Volusia.