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LIFESAVER — AdventHealth Fish Memorial recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Pine Ridge Christian Academy. Pictured, from left, are Ray Waters of the academy, Fish Memorial CEO Rob Deininger, Pine Ridge lead pastor Josias Andujar, and director of preschool ministries Candice Nieves.

Credit union ups loan offer during shutdown

With thousands of federal civilian government workers now into their third week of furlough because of a partial government shutdown, Launch Federal Credit Union is offering an interest-free loan for qualifying Launch FCU members who are affected.

“We are ready to assist our members who are Federal Government civilian workers who may lose pay in the coming weeks due to the government shutdown,” Joe Mirachi, president and chief executive officer of Launch FCU, said in a news release.

“By offering a zero-percent loan based on their loss of pay, we hope that we can help them continue to make their bills and feed their families,” he said.

Launch members can receive a 0-percent-interest loan for up to 12 months, for the amount of one biweekly or two weekly net paychecks up to $3,000, Mirachi said.

Any nonmember who wishes to apply for a loan may become a member by opening a savings account with a $5 deposit into a savings account, the news release says.

Proof of a government job is required to apply for the special loan, and you will need to provide a copy of a recent pay stub and meet certain qualifications.

The deadline to apply for the special loan is Jan. 31, 2019, but may be extended if needed, according to the release.

Merritt Island-based Launch Federal Credit Union is a full-service, community credit union, with 14 branches throughout Brevard and Volusia counties, including one each in DeLand and Orange City. Membership is open to all who live, work, worship or attend school in Brevard or Volusia.

For more information on Launch Federal Credit Union, please visit www.launchfcu.com or call 321-455-9400.

Physical-therapy practice expands to Pierson

A longtime physical-therapy practice in DeLand recently opened a second location in Pierson.

Trittschuh Physical Therapy, which was established in 1983, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its DeLand clinic, 890 N. Boundary Ave.

Owner Roger Grover, who bought the practice in 2006 from founder John Trittschuh, said the practice recently began offering appointments three mornings a week at 163 W. First Ave. in Pierson, although other appointment times can be arranged.

Hours and days may be increased to meet future demand.

Trittschuh Physical Therapy offers a full array of services, and accepts most major insurance plans.

Self-pay patients also are accepted at highly competitive rates.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 386-738-3456 in DeLand or 386-749-0612 in Pierson, send an email to trt@cfl.rr.com, or go to www.delandphysicaltherapy.com.

Hospital donates defibrillator to school

AdventHealth Fish Memorial — then known as Florida Hospital Fish Memorial — in December donated a $1,200 automated external defibrillator (AED) to Pine Ridge Christian Academy, a leader in Volusia County for faith-based early-childhood programs.

“This is a donation that we hope never actually gets used,” said Rob Deininger, Fish Memorial CEO. “However, if someone was ever in need, we are glad to know there will be an AED nearby.”

AEDs are portable devices to check heart rhythm and treat sudden cardiac arrest. If needed, an AED can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

“We wish to thank Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, for the support and benevolence they have demonstrated in awarding us with a vital AED device,” said Candice Nieves, director of preschool ministries at Pine Ridge Christian Academy. “Having an AED on Pine Ridge premises will enable us to hopefully save a life, should the need arise.”

— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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