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Orlando Health Shows Support to Teachers on the Frontlines of Education

Frontline workers from the hospital system provided handwritten notes of encouragement, treats and lunch boxes to more than 3,000 teachers and faculty in Orange County

Orlando, FL (September 17, 2020) – Orlando Heath physicians, leadership and team members have partnered with Orange County Public Schools to show support to 3,247 teachers and school staff in Orange County.

Thirty-one schools in the Central Florida area were selected based on their proximity to nine Orlando Health hospitals and facilities. Team members from each Orlando Health location wrote handwritten notes of encouragement to show their support for their fellow frontline workers in education. In addition to the notes, each school received reusable lunchboxes and edible treats.

“We know first-hand how impactful it is to feel supported by the community,” said Bridget Keefe, director of Community Relations at Orlando Health. “Teachers play such an important role and we feel honored to show them our gratitude as we begin the new school year.”

The donations are set to take place over three weeks and will also include schools in Seminole and Lake Counties. 

“We deeply appreciate the thoughtfulness and support of Orlando Health in recognizing our hard-working teachers and school staff,” said Scott Howat, Chief Communications Officer at Orange County Public Schools. “We were glad to support healthcare workers in the spring when our teachers and students made PPE equipment on schools’ 3D printers, and we’re honored that Orlando Health physicians, leadership and team members felt the call to write personal notes for our teachers this fall. As we all often say, we’re in this and will get through this pandemic together.”

 

About Orlando Health 

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $5.6 billion of assets under management. The system spans nine Florida counties with nearly 450 locations that include 13 wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer centers, heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, more than 300 physician offices for adults and pediatrics, and 11 urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. In FY18, Orlando Health served approximately 167,000 inpatients, more than 2.7 million outpatients, and more than 20,000 international patients. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 3,100 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with nearly 20,500 employees. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $620 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.

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