May 10th, 2021
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Helen Newton Named Halifax Health Joe Petrock Auxilian of the Year

Helen Newton, a past president and current board member of the Halifax Health Auxiliary, has been awarded the Joe Petrock Auxilian of the Year Award.

Daytona Beach – (May 7, 2021)  Helen Newton, a past president and current board member of the Halifax Health Auxiliary, has been awarded the Joe Petrock Auxilian of the Year Award. An Auxilian for over 30 years, Helen has volunteered more than 33,000 hours at Halifax Health. She volunteers in stitch and knit, where she makes pillows, children’s booties and a variety of other items for patient care. 

“Helen is a stellar example of our many dedicated Auxilians who collectively volunteer tens of thousands of hours to Halifax Health each year.  This award is our way of showing the Auxilians sincere gratitude to them for their service,” said W. G. Watts, Manager, Volunteer Services.

The Joe Petrock Auxilian of the Year Award is named in honor of Halifax Health- Foundation Executive Director, Joe Petrock.   He is recognized as a proven leader with integrity who exudes confidence and has a volunteer spirit that ranges from working with kids to attracting new industry to the area.  He has made significant contributions for the betterment of our community and has demonstrated effective involvement in a broad range of community activities. He has served on the boards of no less than 20 of the county’s most venerable organizations.

Petrock has been recognized for his civic involvement numerous times, having received the top awards from the Daytona Regional Chamber, Daytona State College, Bethune Cookman University, Boy Scouts of America, Council on Aging, Civic League of the Halifax Area and the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Service Award presented to him in person by former President George W. Bush.  This October, Petrock and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune will receive the regions highest honor for community service, the United Way’s Herbert M. Davidson Memorial Award.

About Halifax Health

Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit

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