Grants provide a big boost to hospitals, nurses, and others in the community.

Heart of Volusia’s mission includes promoting healthy hearts through education and community service. Throughout the agency’s 50-plus years, the all-volunteer board has given thousands of dollars for programs and equipment for area hospitals.

Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, asked for help to purchase CPR training equipment. The board approved the request for $500 for manikins to train hospital staff in Basic Life Support.

Similarly, Florida Hospital Memorial System in Ormond Beach recently received $3,000 in recent months to offset expenses for a one-day Cadiology Seminar, attended by close to 300 area cardiologists.

Cardiac and critical care nurses also know they can count on HOV to help offset expenses for continuing education, like Eunice B. Rios, on the Nursing Faculty at Bethune-Cookman University. Sandra Stuart, a nurse at Halifax Health (Halifax Medical Center), also turned to HOV. She needed help with tuition costs of $420 to attend the American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition.

Our grants comittee chairman encourages hospital and nursing professionals to contact the office to request a grant application as soon as possible. There is often an early registration discount for conferences, etc.

Heart of Volusia Board Members Glenn Vincent and Sally Baumeier-Stevens, left, and Mary Frances Aumiller, right, watch as Florida Hospital-DeLand nurses Marilyn Leistner and Sara Osborne demonstrate one of 24 CPR mannequins purchased through a recent HOV grant.

How To Apply

To apply for grant help, please contact the Heart of Volusia, Inc. office at (386) 253-4890 or e-mail us at Grant applications for both continuing education for nurses and for hospital/school heart-related projects will be sent to you.

How Long Does It Take?

After the completed grant application is received, it goes to the Grants Committee for consideration. The committee makes a recommendation to the HOV Board, and it is voted on at the monthly board meeting, the second Wednesday of most months. The applicant will be notified of the board’s decision the next day.