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Parrish Medical Center

951 North Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796

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About Parrish Medical Center

Parrish Medical Center (PMC), located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida, is a 210-bed, not-for-profit acute care public medical center serving North Brevard County for more than 50 years.

PMC is nationally recognized as One of America's finest healing environments®.  PMC is Florida's safest hospital according to Consumer Reports (2014). The Joint Commission named PMC as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, recognizing PMC for "exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions." The hospital is the only Brevard County hospital to earn straight "A" safety ratings (since 2012) from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation's leading employers and private healthcare experts.

PMC, as compared to other U.S. hospitals, maintains top-tier national rankings for clinical outcomes, safety and patients' experiences from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. And, PMC has earned disease-specific certification gold seals from the Joint Commission in acute coronary syndrome, breast cancer, heart failure and stroke.

For more information about Parrish Medical Center, its programs and services, please visit and or call 321-268-6110.

About The Children's Center
The Children's Center, an affiliate of Parrish Medical Center, offers a variety of learning and early development programs for area children. Located at 5650 South U.S. 1 in Titusville, The Children's Center consists of six local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. The Center annually serves nearly 2,000 children and their families. Visit The Children's Center online at
About Parrish Health & Fitness Center
Parrish Health & Fitness Center is North Brevard's only medically integrated wellness center. It features state-of-the-art strength and cardiovascular training equipment, multiple weight-training rooms, two indoor heated pools, personal fitness training, wellness coaching, more than 80 weekly group fitness classes, and much more. Located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50) Titusville, FL 32780. Call 321-268-6200 for more information, or go online to
About Parrish HealthCare Center at Port St. John
Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John is "Healing in Nature®" and a service of Parrish Medical Center, nationally recognized as a service and quality leader. The healthcare center is silver LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Association and offers a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services and primary care. For more information visit or call 321-636-9393.
Parrish Sleep Disorders Center of Port St. John
is a four-bed sleep center where studies are done seven days/nights a week. Diagnostic testing is done for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, maintenance of wakefulness test, nocturnal seizures, and shift-work sleep studies during the day. Continuous follow-up care for Sleep Apnea is also done for patients with CPAP machines.

Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center
Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center is a service of Parrish Medical Group (PMG), North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Target Shopping Plaza. For appointments, call 321-268-6MRI (6674). Lab services are available until 3 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.
The Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center is located east of the Target Building.
About Jess Parrish Medical Foundation
Through philanthropy and volunteerism, JPMF is partnering with the community to raise funds that sustain and enhance healthcare services in North Brevard County. JPMF supports Parrish Medical Center's mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time® by funding the featured programs: Cancer Care, The Children's Center, Parrish Health Village and Center for Lifelong Health. Whether caring for seniors or helping children reach their full potential, JPMF is helping improve, transform and save lives. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066 or visit
About Parrish Medical Group
Parrish Medical Group (PMG) is North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. PMG physicians are specialized in many areas of medicine and together, have one common goal – to provide coordinated, comprehensive healthcare to the community. For more information please visit or call 321-268-6PMG (6764)
The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary
The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary was founded in 1959 to provide volunteer services throughout the hospital. Today, the Auxiliary consists of over 370 adult and teenage volunteers. Auxiliary members not only perform necessary duties for hospital staff, but also manage the Pink Angel Gift Shop and conduct annual fundraising activities. As a result, the Auxiliary donates more than $150,000 to the hospital each year. For more information about the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, visit
About Parrish Senior Solutions
A service of Parrish Medical Center, Parrish Senior Solutions, 805-A Century Medical Drive, Titusville, Fla., assists seniors and caregivers (spouse, children, family member or friend) with finding the services and information they need. Geriatric patients and their caregivers will find information about support services, educational materials, and information about health concerns and community resources. It also serves as a lifeline to long-distance caregivers—children who do not live in the area but want to ensure their parents and loved ones have the services and support they need.

About the A.W.A.K.E. Support Group
The A.W.A.K.E. support group is part of a national network of voluntary support groups affiliated with the American Sleep Apnea Association. The ASAA, founded in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of sleep apnea, works for continuing improvements in treatments for this serious disease, and advocates for the interests of sleep apnea patients. The ASAA is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research, and continuous improvement of care.
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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Annual Gala Funds Youth Suicide Program

Sponsorship opportunities available for "Glamping Under the Moonlight at Compassion Ranch"

TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 7, 2015—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. and Laura & William Boyles as the presenting sponsors of this year's benefit gala on Friday, Oct. 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville.

"Glamping Under the Moonlight at Compassion Ranch" hopes to raise more than $130,000 to establish Sources of Strength, a research based, best-practice youth suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks. According to the Florida Vital Statistic Annual Reports, Brevard County suicide death rates are higher than Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, Florida state and national averages.

The Children's Center will provide program management and oversight of the three-year project while working collaboratively with all of the middle and high schools in North Brevard County. "In early 2015, our community experienced a tragedy when a middle school student died by suicide. That opened our eyes to the increasingly alarming rates of teen suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm in North Brevard," said Lori Duester, manager of The Children's Center.

"Since teens are highly influenced by their peers – social development, peer acceptance and personal identity are all part of growing up," says Dr. Louis Joseph, Chairman of Psychiatry at Parrish Medical Center. He praised the Sources of Strength program for its methods, citing it as one of the few comprehensive research-based suicide prevention programs. "This program will have a strong impact on our schools and community culture," said Dr. Joseph.

Partnerships with other organizations, such as Hannah's Heroes, Inc. and community youth groups, will help extend the reach of the program within the three-year project timeframe.

Glamping, the newest global phenomenon, is where the wild outdoors intersects with unabashed luxury, in a place defined as "glamorous camping." Guests will enjoy western hospitality at its finest with live entertainment, gourmet dining, line dancing, silent auction and more – and all for a good cause! Another thrilling opportunity will be a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize or $3,000 in gift certificates to Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village (three chances at $1,000 each) when purchasing one ticket for $20 or six tickets for $100.

"It is our privilege to be the presenting sponsor of this great event for the fourth year in a row. We believe in continuing the foundation's mission of providing healing experiences to families throughout Brevard County. Bringing this program to North Brevard will make a lasting impact for generations to come," said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A.

The underwriting committee has secured sponsorships from numerous community members and organizations. Rainbow Ridge sponsors include BIMDA, Florida Cardiovascular Association, FLORIDA TODAY; Susan Morse, Senior Vice President and Steve Soltesz, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services; N. Christine Sylvester and Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.  Ruby Falls sponsors include Jerry & Judy Allender/Allender & Allender Attorneys at Law, Boggs Gases, Clevens Face & Body Specialists, Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, Jon's Fine Jewelry, SCB Marketing; Dr. Tanya Taival, Obstetrics & Gynecology; TeamHealth Anesthesia, TeamHealth Emergency Medicine Division and Terry & Barbara Terhune. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the gala.

"We'd like to thank all our sponsors who will be helping make a real difference in the lives of countless teens in our community," said Mary Coleman committee co-chair. We're really excited about how things are coming together with terrific entertainment, fabulous food, and great auction items. Everyone's guaranteed to have a good time while helping teens find hope, help and strength."

Other event co-chairs include Randy Coleman and John and Betty Greene. Committee members are Winnie Brewer, Kelley Broome, Amy Craddock, Debbie Lord, Melissa Lugo, Susan Morse, Jim Musick, Katherine Musick, Tricia Parrish and Dr. Tanya Taival. The event design and production is by Nave Event & Floral Design.

General gala admission tickets are $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500. Space is limited so register today at

For more information about sponsorship packages, to donate tax-deductible auction items or purchase general admission and chance drawing tickets, please call JPMF at (321) 269-4066 or email

About GrayRobinson, P.A
Founded in 1970, GrayRobinson is a full-service law firm providing legal assistance across the state of Florida. With nearly 300 attorneys and 13 offices throughout Florida, GrayRobinson proudly provides legal assistance for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals. GrayRobinson has continued to stay ahead of the curve with a firm commitment to creativity and innovation. For more information, visit

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921 N. Washington Avenue
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Office: 321-269-4066  Cell: 321-514-8899

Physician Giving Network Donates Funds for Parrish Medical Center Projects

TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 29, 2015 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's Physician Giving Network donated funds for new equipment to improve patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. 

The Physician Giving Network is a charitable fund led by Parrish Medical Center (PMC) physicians to continue the excellence in healthcare at PMC and further its mission of providing Healing Experiences for Everyone All the TimeŽ. Led by a physician steering committee, this group purchases necessary equipment according to physician specified needs.

"Working hands-on with the patients and medical staff, the steering committee understands the most urgent needs that will create the greatest impact for our patients," said Physician Giving Network chairman Dr. Christopher Manion. "We're confident the new equipment will enhance PMC's healing environment."

Since 2011, the physicians in this network have given more than $100,000 and have funded the following:

  • Bladder ultrasound devices, a safer alternative to invasive urethral catheterization to diagnose certain bladder conditions. The use of these ultrasound devices has helped PMC maintain its excellent patient safety record.
  • AccuVein devices, allows clinicians to locate veins accurately and improves patient comfort. Simply by holding the device above the skin, a map of the patient's veins is displayed on the surface of the skin. 
  • New Bili lights to treat newborn jaundice.      
  • Interactive Metronome program, a research-based program used by PMC therapy professionals to address the symptoms of many conditions like ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Stroke, Parkinson's and Traumatic Brain Injury.            
  • New sleep sofas for the Women's Center birthing suites.
Members of the Physician Giving Network Healing Visionary level include: Robert L. Anderson, M.D., Frank T. Dienst, M.D., Joseph D. Flynn, D.O., Richard G. Mayer, M.D., Kirit A. Patel, M.D., Michael Sorbello, D.O.; and Healing Partner level include: Patricia Alexander, M.D., Anthony Allotta, D.O., Julie Flick, M.D., Christopher M. Manion, M.D. and Julio Merrel. Pagan, M.D., Ashok C. Shah, M.D., Anita D. Spitz, M.D., Pamela S. Tronetti, D.O. and Wendy Worsley, M.D.

Together, the Physician Giving Network is helping to provide medical equipment that will create a significant healing impact on families and patients visiting PMC. For more information about the Physician Giving Network, please contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit

Parrish Medical Center Provides Emmi® Patient Education Programs

Free, easy-to-understand online educational programs give patients control of their healthcare

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (August 25, 2015)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) believes that the more information patients have about their healthcare, the better outcomes they will experience. This is why PMC offers its patients access to Emmi, a free, online educational program.

Emmi is a series of online presentations that makes complex medical information easy to understand. Using plain language, animation and graphics, Emmi educates patients about upcoming surgery procedures, chronic conditions and safety.

Research supports the value and efficacy of the programs. In a randomized controlled study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, researchers found that patients who had viewed an Emmi program about their upcoming procedure had decreased anxiety, lower sedation medication requirements and shorter procedure times.

University of Chicago Medicine found improved scheduled procedure attendance for patients who had viewed an Emmi program—more than 30 percent.

"Currently, the Emmi programs are being scheduled within Pre-Admission Testing, Sleep Medicine and Women's Health," said PMC Vice President, Acute Care Services, Edwin Loftin. "Emmi Solutions supports the ability to message patients through our secure web portal. Additionally, the multimedia programs can be formatted for viewing within the patient-facing portal, providing patients with a single website for all their healthcare information."

PMC continually monitors the program. In one survey, 100 percent of patients viewing an Emmi program said they would take new action in managing their health. Patient comments include: "Wow! I'm very impressed with this system. It covers just about everything needed to know before my procedure. It answered a lot of questions as well." "Very informative as to what to possibly expect when time comes for the radiation portion of my treatment."

Patients are not rushed with Emmi. Each program is approximately 15-30 minutes and can be watched at the patient's convenience – whether it is from the comfort of their own home or wherever there is Internet access.

There is no limit on how many times a program can be viewed and programs can be stopped and restarted at any time. A summary of information can be printed.

Self-registration is available for patients scheduled for an upcoming procedure or for those with a chronic condition. Sometimes as part of a patient's care plan, a healthcare provider may issue a unique access code to view Emmi programs. Visit for more information and to view the wide range of free Emmi programs.

A Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, Parrish Medical Center now in Teleneurology Program

Telemedicine tools connect Brevard County physicians and their patients with Mayo Clinic experts 24/7

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (August 17, 2015)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC), the first hospital in Central Florida selected last year to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN) member, is now part of the Mayo Clinic's Teleneurology Program.

The program enables Mayo Clinic neurologists to provide consultative care remotely using advancements in telemedicine technology while providing expert neurological support to PMC physicians.

The technology reduces the need to transfer patients and is being used in the evaluation of non-stroke neurological emergencies in PMC's Emergency Department and in routine neurological consultations for inpatients admitted to general medical/surgical wards and in the intensive care unit.

PMC was the first hospital in the region to work with Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and InTouch Health® to pioneer the Remote Presence (RP-7®) Robot system to further advance its Gold Seal® certified stroke program in 2009.

Stroke neurology assessments are done using a robot that is remotely controlled by a Mayo Clinic neurologist. The quicker a possible stroke patient is diagnosed, the better chance he or she has of a full recovery.

The remote physician has full view of the patient, can move the robot around the room as needed, zoom the robot's camera in and out to assess the patient and his or her responses, and talk directly with the patient, their family members and Emergency Department care partners.

The neurologist also may view the patient's diagnostic imaging and lab results.

"We're always investing in new technologies in order to provide our community the best possible care," explains Edwin Loftin, Vice President of Acute Care Services/CNO at Parrish Medical Center. "By becoming part of Mayo Clinic's Teleneurology Program, our patients now have access to a leading neurologist around the clock."

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which consists of more than 30 high quality healthcare organizations, PMC physicians can enhance locally provided care. Members of the network have direct access to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care information, and physicians can consult directly with Mayo specialists on complex cases.

Through such collaboration, PMC and Mayo Clinic believe that physicians will benefit, patients will benefit, and the delivery of healthcare will be increasingly efficient and cost effective.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Honors Major Donors at Recognition Gallery Opening

TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 10, 2015— The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) honored GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law and Turmy and Oscar Sieveking for their donations of more than $100,000 at a recent event celebrating the opening of its new Recognition Gallery.

GrayRobinson's history in Brevard County dates back to the 1960s. Giving back to communities where they practice law has always been a core principal of the law firm. The firm has worked with Parrish Medical Center (PMC) for many years and has shared its corporate success in a number of ways, from donating to the Children's Center Futures Fund and the Parrish Health Village to being the presenting sponsor of various events benefiting children and families in our community. 

The Sievekings are passionate about improving the lives of women and are committed to providing healing experiences for the next generation. They have pledged $100,000 in their estate to leave a legacy of hope by funding women's health initiatives.

Both signature gifts are recognized on engraved glass tiles located in the PMC atrium.

The Recognition Gallery, now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, honors philanthropic community partners helping PMC achieve its vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®.

More than 100 guests attended the recognition event, which included a brief ceremony with comments by PMC President and CEO George Mikitarian and JPMF Board of Directors Vice Chair Jessie Kirk before unveiling the new recognition displays.

"It is an honor to recognize GrayRobinson and the Sievekings for their commitment to providing healing experiences in our community," said Kirk. "Together, they are helping PMC improve, transform, and save lives."

Thanks to Sodexo Health Care's generous contribution, the gallery has been created to include static recognition displays as well as a digital display that allows visitors, with just a swipe of a finger, to access donor testimonies, patient testimonies, funding initiatives and giving societies.

"We are so thankful to our generous benefactors and proud to showcase their commitment to PMC's vision," said Barbara Terhune, chair of the JPMF Board of Directors. "The recognition displays are much more than a listing of names. They represent hope for hundreds of seniors and caregivers, peace of mind for individuals and families, and brighter futures for all children."

Whether they are a PMC care partner, member of the auxiliary, physician or community benefactor, major gift ($10,000 or more) benefactor names have been permanently listed on displays in the gallery. Annual and employee gift donors are also recognized on displays the year following their gift.

The displays are a unique and lasting tribute commemorating donor commitment to PMC, educating others on how members of our community provide healing experiences through philanthropy and volunteerism.

For more information, contact JPMF at 321-269-4066 or visit

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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation presents signature tile honorees with commemorative plaques. Pictured in front, left to right, are: David O. Doyle. Jr., John R. Kancilia and William A. Boyles from GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law; and Turmy and Oscar Sieveking. Back left to right are: PMC President and CEO George Mikitarian, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Director Misty Wilson and JPMF Board of Directors Vice Chair Jessie Kirk. Jess Parrish Medical Foundation presents signature tile honorees with commemorative plaques. Pictured, left to right, are: William A. Boyles, shareholder from GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law; Oscar Sieveking; Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Turmy Sieveking.
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The Recognition Gallery is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to celebrate and honor philanthropic community partners that are helping Parrish Medical Center (PMC) achieve its vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®. The Recognition Gallery features a digital display that allows visitors to access donor testimonies, patient testimonies, funding initiatives and giving societies with the swipe of a finger.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation accepting Karla Foster, RN, scholarship applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 4, 2015—Applications for the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted for students pursuing nursing degrees. Scholarship applicants must be residents of North Brevard County, be accepted into a nursing program, and possess a 3.0 or better grade point average. The awardee will be provided $3,000 to be applied towards tuition, books, supplies or other expenses related to completing the student's nursing program.

The scholarship was established by Doug Foster in loving memory of his wife, Karla, who was tragically killed on September 11, 2006 by a hit and run driver. Karla had been a nurse at Parrish Medical Center for more than 22 years. This scholarship honors Karla and the profession she loved so much, and offers the opportunity to a deserving nursing student to carry on the professionalism, commitment, dedication and loving care that she demonstrated all her life.

Applications are available in the PMC Human Resources department, or visit to download an application. For more information about applying, please contact the PMC Human Resources department at 321-268-6155. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, August 28, 2015. The recipient will be announced in September.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066.

Parrish Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery

AIMIS designates hospital as Gynecological Surgery Center of Excellence

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 31, 2015)— Parrish Medical Center was recently designated as a Gynecological Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS). The accomplishment was achieved after passing a series of rigorous criteria established by the accrediting body.

The Gynecological Center of Excellence designation gives the North Brevard community added assurances that Parrish Medical Center has not only passed and exceeded existing norms for minimally invasive surgery quality and delivery, but also has accredited AIMIS physicians.

"We continue to assess and institute the use of latest technology and teaching methods that advance continued use and implementation of minimally invasive surgery," said Steven McCarus, MD, Chief Executive Officer of AIMIS. "Parrish Medical Center has now joined only a handful of leading hospitals around the nation—and the only one in Brevard County—to enjoy the AIMIS accreditation."

"Parrish Medical Center is proud of its distinguished track-record for excellence in women's health," said George Mikitarian, PMC President and CEO. "This most recent accreditation further demonstrates the unwavering commitment of our physicians and entire team of care partners to continuous clinical and surgical excellence."

"Gynecologists Tayna Taival and Christina Caito are key care partners in this great achievement," said Matthew Graybill, PMC Director of Perioperative Services. "Their commitment to advancing their surgical skill set along with the nurses and scrub technicians they work with and their on-going collaboration with surgical leadership to advance the training, tools and technologies needed to evolve this more minimally invasive approach made a difference."

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common procedure performed on women in the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two-thirds of these operations involve open surgeries rather than minimally invasive laparoscopic methods.

AIMIS is focused on advancing solutions to facilitate the conversion of a greater percentage of procedures from more traumatic, open surgeries to laparoscopic approaches that offer patients shorter hospitalizations and faster returns to normal activities.

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the nation's pre-eminent educator of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The organization both teaches minimally invasive methods and also supports graduates and members with opportunities where they can find marketing support, consulting services and strategies to help them grow and strengthen their practices. AIMIS also provides resources for patients, corporate partners and physician members and affiliates to help foster progress throughout the medical profession. For more information, please visit

All Parrish Medical Group Primary Care Practices now certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognizes PMG with Highest Certification

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 9, 2015)—All Parrish Medical Group (PMG) primary care practices have earned the highest level of certification (Level 3) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

PCMHs are driving some of the most important reforms in healthcare delivery today. According to the NQCA, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that PCMHs are saving money by reducing hospital and emergency department visits, reducing health disparities, and are improving patient outcomes.

The medical home inspires quality in care, cultivates more engaging patient-caregiver relationships, and captures savings through expanded access and delivery options.

"Lots of health providers talk about being patient-centered, however to be certified by the NCQA as such affirms our group's commitment to adhering to superior clinical standards and providing the highest level of personalized care to the people we serve," said PMG Executive Director of Physician Practices Felicia N. Rabsatt-Harris, MBA, MHA, CHC.

Examples of criteria that primary-care practices must meet to earn PCMH certification include:

Parrish Employees Channel Their Inner Superhero for a Healthy Community

TITUSVILLE, FLA, June 30, 2015—Employees from Parrish Medical Center (PMC) and Parrish Medical Group (PMG) raised more than $123,000 in the eighth annual employee giving campaign. The Circle of Giving campaign exceeded the fundraising goal by over $11,000 with a 62 percent in overall participation.

Parrish Medical Center's superheros
PMC leadership channeled their inner superhero in this year's Circle of Giving to encourage employees to help save the world, one park at a time. Left to right: Blue Team's Underdog, also known as Edwin Loftin, Vice President, Acute Care Services/CNO with sidekick Wonder Woman, aka Donna Oswald; Red Team's Iron Man, aka Chris McAlpine, Sr. Vice President Administration Transformation/CTO, with sidekick Captain America, aka Matt Graybill; Green Team's sidekick The Black Widow, aka Dawn Mackey with The Hulk, aka Tim Skeldon, Executive VP Corporate Finance; and Purple Team's Jean Grey/Phoenix, aka Natalie Sellers, Vice President, Communications, Community & Corporate Services/CCO with sidekick Storm, aka Jackie Hurley.

This year's superhero-themed campaign made it fun for employees to raise funds for a new outdoor healing environment connecting the hospital with Parrish Health Village and the Chain of Lakes. This unique outdoor park will include fitness stations, a walking trail and space for group fitness classes, physical therapy sessions and community events. 

"Making our community a better place is part of our mission, vision and values," said Parrish employee and Circle of Giving chairperson Sherry Shelley. "The Parrish employees are the true superheroes. Although divided into four competitive teams, they came together for one common goal, to make a healthier community."

PMC's employee Circle of Giving program was established in 2006 by the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation as a means to further the medical center's mission to provide Healing Experiences for Everyone all the Time®. Parrish employees have raised almost $950,000 through its Circle of Giving program. Previous campaigns have provided funding for:

Working together, the Parrish employees are continuing their vision of Healing Families–Healing Communities®. For more information about Circle of Giving, please contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit

Parrish Medical Center Palliative Care Program Awarded a $10,000 Grant

Funds Will Be Used to Train and Certify Community Facilitators Helping Those with Serious Illness

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 29, 2015)—Parrish Medical Center's Palliative Care program recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

The grant will be used to train and certify Advanced Care Planning (ACP) facilitators throughout the community. Facilitators help people with healthcare decision-making at different stages of health in their life.

Palliative care is help for people with serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure and many more.

Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families.

The program will take a train-the-trainer approach. Training will provide the basis for a systems approach to planning for advanced care.

One initiative taking place nationally to increase communication among families about personal end-of-life priorities is the Respecting Choices model.

This model will help transform healthcare in North Brevard County. It aligns with the PMC vision of Healing Families–Healing Communities®. The approach is designed to:

"As a person's health improves or declines, personal directives may change," explains Terry Donovan-Page, RN, MSN, PMC's palliative care coordinator. "Advanced Care Planning discussions need to be more routine and processes need to be in place that clearly communicate and support patient healthcare choices."

For further information, contact PMC's palliative care coordinator at 321-268-6675.

Parrish Medical Center Emergency Room Doctors Donate Life-Saving Trauma Kits

Titusville and Indian River police departments to receive medical training and 55 reusable tourniquets

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 10, 2015)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) emergency room doctors have purchased 55 trauma tourniquets to give away to help save lives.

The eight doctors will present the kits to Titusville and Indian River County police departments on Mon., June 15 in the PMC Conference Center at 12:30 p.m. They also will provide training for the first responders on how to effectively use the kits.

The trauma tourniquets are robust and reusable. They can be used on any limb trauma such as from a gunshot wound, according to Dr. Khalid Siddiqui, PMC emergency department medical director.

They are proven lifesavers.

"Tourniquet application prior to onset of clinical shock reduced mortality from 96 percent to 4 percent," said Siddiqui. "Ours is a small donation that will pay big dividends for our police departments, as they currently do not have them."

Emergency room Drs. Jorge Insignares and Laurence Conley initiated the donation after learning of the longstanding partnership between the New York Police Department and local hospital emergency rooms.

Siddiqui quickly agreed that it was a natural fit for PMC's vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities® in action.

"In light of all the news surrounding police in this country today, I'm hoping we can start a discussion about the importance of partnering with our first responders to help keep them and others safe as they serve to protect our communities," he said.

Veronica Dent, APR, named Director, Parrish Medical Center Communications & Community Services — New director brings more than 25 years of communications experience

  TITUSVILLE, FLA – (June 05, 2015) – Parrish Medical Center (PMC), One of America's Finest Healing Environments®, has named accomplished public relations professional Veronica Dent, APR, as director of communications & community services.

Veronica Dent Dent will be responsible for directing strategic communications, including, but not limited to brand management, community outreach, and public and media relations.

"We are pleased to welcome Veronica to PMC and the Brevard community," said Natalie Sellers MS, APR, FACHE, vice president of communications, community & corporate services. "We look forward to her leadership and contributions toward our continued reputation for excellence."

Dent has more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations. She most recently served as the public relations manager for Municipal Light & Power in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic internal and external communications, outreach and community development, and key accounts customer service.

Dent earned her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University. She is also accredited in Public Relations (APR) and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Her civic and professional service includes roles as trustee and past president of the Anchorage Library Foundation and past chair of First-Book Anchorage.

She and her husband reside in North Brevard.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Drives Results Exceeding $64,000 for Early Childhood Education

TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 26, 2015 — Local residents came together for the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) "Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic" on Friday, May 1 at La Cita Golf & Country Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. The event was sponsored by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. and raised more than $64,000 for The Children's Center (TCC) in Titusville, exceeding the goal by more than $19,000.

"It is our privilege to be the presenting sponsors of this wonderful event. The Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic helps provide financial support for TCC to provide quality early childhood development programs, family education and support programs, therapy, tutoring, financial assistance for childcare and more. We're thrilled the event exceeded its goals so more children can grow and reach their fullest potential," said Joseph I. Zumpano, shareholder at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.

Nearly 220 golfers participated in the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting TCC, a service of Parrish Medical Center, which provides families with special needs and/or typically developing children with numerous health, therapy, education and child development programs in a single location. The annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett's longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management director, was famous for saying, "It's all about the kids!"

"During the 15th anniversary of TCC, the golf classic was able to expand into two courses and raise a record amount so the children in our community can grow and develop into their fullest potential," said Greg Sparkman, golf committee co-chair.

Special thanks to the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. for supporting the tournament as a presenting sponsor. "Platinum" sponsors include: Medline Industries, Inc., RUSH Construction, Inc. and UBS Financial Services/Indian River Wealth Consulting Group, Susan Morse and Steve Soltesz; and The Watauga Company as lunch sponsor. The men's first place teams include: Tim Fields, Todd Denson, Marty Gordon and Jason Snodgrass at La Cita Country Club; George Gee, Fritz Granzani, Mike Keenan and Wayne Motes at The Great Outdoors. The mixed first place teams include: Kathleen Bordeau, Ken Joseph, Pete Simons and Claudia Thomas at La Cita Country Club; Martha Hannah, Jan Henderson, Toni Thigpin and Suzanne Yarbrough at The Great Outdoors.

"Fran's daughters, Leigh Connell, Amy Craddock and Lynn Kelly, were a tremendous support as committee members and event sponsors. It was so nice to see them continue Fran's generous spirit as an integral part of the event success," added Kathy Myer, golf committee co-chair and director of Women's Services at Parrish Medical Center. Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Santi Bulnes, Anita Currie, Lori and Paul Duester, Tiffany Lewis, Amy Lord, Carla McRae, Katherine Musick, Esther Porta, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Tim Skeldon, Courtney Wall, Robert Wildermuth, Misty Wilson and Suzanne Yarbrough.

"We'd like to thank all our sponsors, participants, committee members, and volunteers who helped us exceed our goal and make this event a huge success for the children in our community," said Barbara Terhune, chair of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation or the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic, please contact 321-269-4066 or visit 

Parrish Medical Center Continues National Recognition for Patient Safety; earns straight "A" grades from The Leapfrog Group since 2012

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 1, 2015)— Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the LeapFrog Group honored Parrish Medical Center (PMC) with its top grade in patient safety. PMC has earned an "A" grade from LeapFrog in all releases of the Hospital Safety Score since 2012. This makes PMC one of only 182 hospitals in the nation and 14 in the state of Florida to have earned that distinction.

"We continue to be proud of our impeccable patient safety record and of our employees, physicians and volunteers who dedicate themselves every day to our mission to provide healing experiences for everyone all the time," said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Leapfrog assigns a letter grade (A to F) to hospitals calculated from a group of 28 measures. Of the 28 measures used to calculate the scores, 15 are process-related or structure-related and 13 are outcome-based. Leapfrog uses several sources of data – the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, certain measures on Hospital Compare and AHA Annual Survey information. To see how PMC's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at Consumers can also go to for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score ( is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Hosts Benefit Golf Classic

TITUSVILLE, FLA, April 29, 2015—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. as presenting sponsors for the annual Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, May 1. More than 240 golfers are anticipated to play in the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting The Children's Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Medical Center, which provides families with special needs and/or typically developing children with numerous health, therapy, education and child development programs in a single location.

"It is our honor to be the presenting sponsors of this wonderful event. The Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic helps provide financial support so that TCC can continue to provide health, education, and care, for families and children with and without special needs. The work of TCC is critical to the community. TCC's education, therapy, and tutoring programs, for families and children, have touched thousands of lives," said Joseph I. Zumpano, shareholder at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.

Registration begins at 12 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tournament players can choose between two golf courses – the members only La Cita Golf & Country Club or The Great Outdoors Golf Club with the beautiful nature of the St. John's wildlife. Golf teams choose their preferred course on a first-come, first-served basis with paid registration. The tournament format will be a four-player scramble with fun contests, including a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize when purchasing a raffle ticket for $20. Participants need not be present to win. Winners will be announced immediately following the awards ceremony.

The golf classic committee has secured sponsorships from numerous community members and organizations. "Platinum" sponsors include: Medline Industries, Inc., RUSH Construction, Inc and UBS Financial Services/Indian River Wealth Consulting Group, Susan Morse and Steve Soltesz. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the event. Sponsorships are still available from many different levels designed to show community support and corporate partnership. The cost per player is $75, which includes golf, lunch and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities for the tournament begin at $500.

Fran Gerrett served as the director of materials management at Parrish Medical Center for 24 years. Fran passed away in 2012, but the annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett's longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity, The Children's Center. The golf classic is organized by community leaders and volunteers. Event co-chairs are Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Santi Bulnes, Leigh Connell, Amy Craddock, Elizabeth Craddock, Anita Currie, Lori and Paul Duester, Tiffany Lewis, Amy Lord, Carla McRae, Katherine Musick, Esther Porta, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Tim Skeldon, Courtney Wall, Robert Wildermuth, Misty Wilson and Suzanne Yarbrough.

For more information about sponsorship packages, purchase general admission and raffle tickets, please call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit

About Zumpano, Patricios and Winker, P.A.
Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. ("ZP&W") is a full service law firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida. The law firm has offices in Chicago (Zumpano Patricios Winker & Bresnahan, LLC), and Salt Lake City. The firm also has 20 satellite offices located around the world. ZP&W focuses its practice on healthcare litigation and regulatory matters, regularly representing hospitals and hospital systems in complex managed care litigation, as well as regulatory, matters. In today's health care environment where providers constantly face challenges that could impact their operations, including with respect to accreditation and certification, reimbursement, and federal and state regulatory action, the health law attorneys at ZP&W are entrepreneurially focused and endeavor to provide their clients with counsel and experience to meet their needs. ZP&W is focused on the delivery of high impact, value oriented legal services and is proud to have been providing such services to Parrish Medical Center since 2007. 

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Announces Karla Foster, RN, Scholarship Recipient

Nicole Jordan receives Karla Foster Memorial Scholarship.
2014 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Award winner Nicole Jordan (third from left) is shown with (L-R) Edwin Loftin, PMC vice president of acute care services/chief nursing officer, Herman Cole, chairman of the PMC board of directors and Misty Wilson, director of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.
  TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 6, 2015—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded the 2014 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship of $3,000 to Nicole Jordan. The scholarship was established by Doug Foster in loving memory of his wife, Karla, who was tragically killed on September 11, 2006 by a hit and run driver. Karla had been a nurse at Parrish Medical Center for more than 22 years.

"I'm sincerely grateful to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for awarding me with this scholarship, which will help me pay for tuition and achieve my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Nursing is not a burden, but a passion and a calling. I am so honored to receive this scholarship and to carry on the legacy of Karla Foster through my commitment to compassionate and holistic nursing care," stated Jordan, bachelor's degree student at Adventist University of Health Sciences. 


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