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Port Orange sailor serves in Red Sea

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Also in Your Town: KW Realty raised $16,000 at Red Day Golf Tournament at Cypress Head.
by: Alyssa Warner Staff Writer

A Port Orange native recently performed maintenance on a helicopter while serving aboard the USS Nitze in the northern Red Sea on April 28.

Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Bryan Bennett and Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Andrew Cross, of Wisconsin, performed the work on the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, an aircraft assigned to the "Grandmasters" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46 aboard the USS Nitze. 

Real estate company raises $16,000 for kids, veterans

KW Realty agents Erin Schwarb and Linda Lee awarding Team RWB Chapter Captain, Kim Bulger, and Cudas Unhooked Volunteer, Joan Norcutt, $8,000 checks raised at Red Day Appreciation Day on May 28. Photo courtesy of Erin Schwarb

KW Realty raised $16,000 at the Red Day Golf Tournament at Cypress Head on Saturday, May 4, with the proceeds benefitting Cudas Unhooked and Team RWB.

Each organization received $8,000. Cudas Unhooked is a nonprofit that helps at-risk and homeless students. Team RWB supports veterans. The cheks were presented at Red Day Appreciation Day by KW Realty agents Erin Schwarb and Linda Lee.

Halifax Health names Port Orange resident Team Member of the Year

Thomas Tsitas, Halifax Health Team Member of the Year. Photo courtesy of Tangela Boyd, Halifax Health Public Relations Specialist.

Port Orange resident Thomas Tsitas, a logistics HUB house supervisor, was named Halifax Health Team Member of the Year on May 24, during the hospital's 2019 Team Member Recognition Banquet at the Ocean Center.

Tsitas has been a Halifax Health employee since 2001 and has multiple responsibilities, including administrative oversight, customer service, patient flow throughput and adjustment of staffing levels on the nursing units to ensure safe patient care. 

Along with the honor of being voted Team Member of the Year by his co-workers, Tsitas was awarded with check presentations from Halifax Health-Auxiliary, Halifax Health-Office of the Medical Staff and Halifax Health-Associates.

Halifax Health announces DAISY award winners

Halifax Health recently honored two of their registered nurses, Celeste Harris and Kolby Kerrutt, as winners of the community health system’s quarterly DAISY Award, which recognizes extraordinary nurses.

Celeste Harris, Port Orange resident and DAISY Award winner. Photo courtesy of Tangela Boyd, Halifax Health Public Relations Specialist

Harris, a Port Orange resident and registered nurse for six years, works in the medical-surgical unit at Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange. She is a graduate of Daytona State College’s nursing program and has been a Halifax Health employee for six months.

Harris said in a press release that she enjoys nursing because of her mother’s influence. 

“My mother was a registered nurse in a nursing home," Harris said. "She had an incredible faith and love for people. I watched just what an amazing person she was as a nurse.

“I wanted to be so much like my mother," she said. "That is why I pursued nursing. I love people, I love talking, I love caring. I love making a difference for a patient during some of their most difficult times."

Kolby Kerrutt, DAISY Award winner. Photo courtesy of Tangela Boyd, Halifax Health Public Relations Specialist.

Kerrutt, a Daytona Beach resident, has worked as a registered nurse at Halifax Health for nearly a year in the medical center’s clinical decision unit. He is also a graduate of the Daytona State College’s nursing program.

“I enjoy seeing patients getting better and being there during their time of need.” Kerrutt said in the press release. 

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura at 33 years old. 

DAISY, which stands for Diseases that Attack the Immune System, has as one of its goals to recognize nurses who make a difference in the lives of their patients.

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