Stellar Donates $100,000 to Flagler Health Care Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 8, 2017) – Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has committed to donate a total of $100,000 to Flagler Health Care Foundation over the next five years ($20,000 each year). The funds will benefit Flagler Hospital, an award-winning not-for-profit care center in St. Augustine.

“Flagler Hospital has been caring for our community since 1889,” said Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy. “From the beginning, it has been the tremendous generosity of individuals and organizations like Stellar that have facilitated our ongoing ability to deliver high-quality, compassionate care to the residents of St. Johns County.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous gift presented from the Stellar Foundation,” added Jason Barrett, Hospital President. “We are fortunate not only to have one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering and construction firms right here in Northeast Florida, but to also have a partner in our area that demonstrates a true commitment to giving back to the community.”

Flagler Hospital has 1,900 full-time employees and 256 community physicians, making it St. Johns County’s largest private employer. Funds from donors helped support the service of 14,000 inpatients, 16,000 surgical cases, 59,000 ER visits, 141,000 radiology exams, 1,100,000 lab tests and 1,550 newborns last year.

“At Stellar, we know the extent of work that goes into building and maintaining a healthcare facility — and it’s not always easy for not-for-profit organizations to afford on their own,” said Mike Santarone, Stellar President & COO. “Our hope is to allow Flagler Hospital, a center of excellence, to be a reliable resource for the community and our employees, continuing to give patients top-notch care.”

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed acute care hospital that is consistently ranked among the top five percent of all hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital received the Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction makes Flagler Hospital one of the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The hospital earned five stars in 25 of the 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures, as evaluated by Healthgrades, and was also named in America’s 100 Best for orthopedic surgery, general surgery, joint replacement and pulmonary care. The hospital most recently was named one of Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award recipients, placing the hospital in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated.

Today, Flagler Hospital is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System, a highly integrated hospital network focused on enhancing the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities.

About Stellar

Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm that provides the industry’s most comprehensive range of self-performed services, including planning, design, preconstruction, construction, refrigeration, mechanical and utility, building envelope, and total operations and maintenance services. More than 650 Stellar employees worldwide create award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings and military facilities. In addition to its Jacksonville, Florida, headquarters and its Western Region office in Modesto, California, Stellar operates nearly 50 support locations and offices throughout the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, China and Puerto Rico. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit

Pictured (left to right): Richard Lovelace (Stellar), Jason Barrett (Flagler Hospital), Joseph Gordy (Flagler Hospital), Ray Matuza (Flagler Health Care Foundation), Mike Santarone (Stellar) and Clint Pyle (Stellar).