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Parrish Medical Center

951 North Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796
321-268-6110
www.parrishmed.com

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About Parrish Medical Center
Parrish Medical Center, 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 earned an "A" rating in the May 2013 Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Rating Report, a Gallup Great Workplace Award, the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital ProgramSM Award for An Outstanding Inpatient Experience, was named a Modern Healthcare magazine Top 100 Place to Work in Healthcare, and was a Spirit of Excellence Award Winner. PMC was voted America's #1 Healing Hospital three years in a row by the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, Tenn.

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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. The 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. The Children's Center is located on Highway U.S. 1 in Titusville. For more information, visit parrishchildrenscenter.com.
About Parrish Health & Fitness
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 parrishhealthandfitness.com.
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 healinginnature.com or call 321-636-9393.
About Jess Parrish Medical Foundation
The mission of JPMF is to inspire philanthropy and volunteerism in support of Parrish Medical Center's mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time. Through staff and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives in North Brevard County. JPMF's featured projects include Cancer Care, The Children's Center, the Center for Lifelong Health, and the Parrish Health Village. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com.
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.
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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 parrishmed.com.
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.
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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 parrishmedgroup.com or call 321-268-6PMG (6764)
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.
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.
MedFast Urgent Care
MedFast Urgent Care at Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center provides urgent care services for minor emergencies. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Target Shopping Plaza. For more information, call: 321-MEDFAST (3278).
About Mayo Clinic
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About Parrish Medical Group
Parrish Medical Group 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 parrishmedgroup.com or call 321-268-6PMG (6764).

Parrish Medical Center Employees Empowered to Heal

TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 13, 2014—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) employees raised more than $120,000 in their seventh annual employee giving campaign that concluded in July. This year the campaign benefited the Women's Center North Guild and will go to provide counseling services, financial assistance, career guidance, job training, transitional housing, and victim advocacy for abused and battered women.

"The Women's Center is deeply honored to be selected as the signature project for this year's campaign. Through the ongoing support of Parrish Medical Center, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and PMC employees, the Women's Center will realize a permanent home at 400 Julia Street in Titusville. Our presence in the North Brevard area will allow us to expand our services to help more women and children escape the devastating effects of domestic violence," said Candace Tate, lead victim advocate with the Women's Center.

Race Car No.80
This year's PMC Circle of Giving campaign—Parrish 220...Empowered to Heal!—team leaders were (L-R) Robin Leatherow (standing in for team leader Natalie Sellers, VP, Communications, Community & Corporate Services/CCO); Jeremy Bradford, VP, Ambulatory Services; Edwin Loftin, VP, Acute Care Services/CNO; Chris McAlpine, Sr. VP, Administration Transformation/CTO; and Tim Skeldon, Exec. VP, Corporate Finance. They are pictured behind car #80, driven by local race car driver, Brian Finney and sponsored by Bob Steele Chevrolet.
In this year's NASCAR-themed campaign, Parrish employees were driven to action and exceeded their fundraising goal by nearly $11,000.

"Making our community a better place is simply part of our mission, vision and values," said Parrish employee and Circle of Giving chairperson Sherry Shelley.

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®.

Since 2006, Parrish employees have raised over $800,000 through its Circle of Giving program. To date, the funds have been used to support a medical transportation program for patients in need; playground renovations for the Children's Center; development of the Parrish Health Village and Senior Solutions program; a work-site exercise facility; and purchase of digital mammography equipment among other employee-designated initiatives focused on helping PMC fulfill its mission.

In addition to the funds raised through the PMC Circle of Giving campaign, the Women's Center Guild will be the benefactor of this year's Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's annual gala, Latin Fusion...Feel the Rhythm of the Night, on Friday, October 24 at La Cita Country Club. For more information about the gala or Circle of Giving, please contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.


Sports Physical Exam Program helps student athletes, raises money for schools

Next event held Friday, July 25, from 5 - 8 pm at Parrish Medical Center

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FL (July 7, 2014)—Parrish Medical Group doctors Anthony Allotta, D.O., Michael Magee, M.D., and Erica O'Bryan, M.D. will provide local teen-age athletes affordable school sports physicals—and raise money for their schools at the same time.

Dr. Allotta and Dr. Magee annually set aside specific days to perform sports physicals below normal cost, then return every cent back to the students' schools. Last year, Dr. Allotta, Dr. Magee and Dr. O'Bryan conducted 138 sports physicals for area students, contributing $1,380 to the young athletes' schools.

"This as an opportunity to ensure our student athletes are physically able to compete," said Dr. Allotta, who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. "If a student has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports, we can identify that early on."

Dr. Magee, who is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at John Hopkins University in 1996, said helping local schools is an added plus.

"Everyone knows schools can use every dollar they can get, so our program enables us to help kids and families at lower cost while benefiting their schools," Dr. Magee said.

The next sports physical event is planned for Friday, July 25, from 5 - 8 pm at Parrish Medical Center, 951 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, in the physical rehabilitation department. PMC's physical rehabilitation department is located just inside the hospital's main entrance, which faces U.S. 1.

No appointment is necessary at either event, and the cost is $10. Male and female athletes are encouraged to attend. A parent or guardian must accompany the athlete. Please call 321-433-2247 for more information.

  • Dr. Anthony Allotta serves as the team doctor for Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Port St. John.
  • Dr. Michael Magee serves as the team doctor for Titusville High School.                                                                     
  • Dr. Erica O'Bryan is a Parrish Medical Group pediatrician. 

Parrish Medical Group to Host Career Fair

Career fair to focus on healthcare opportunities in North Brevard

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 19, 2014)- Parrish Medical Group (PMG), North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists, will host a career fair on Friday, June 27, 2014, from noon-4 pm at the Parrish Medical Group Healthcare Center, located at 7075 N. U.S. Highway 1, Suite 500, Port St. John.

With various locations throughout North Brevard County, PMG continues to grow and is looking for experienced healthcare professionals in the Port St. John and Titusville offices. PMG's current opportunities include:   

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Front Office
  • Medical Insurance, Billing & Coding
  • Medical Management
  • EMR Specialist
This event is open to all members of the community interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. There is no cost to attend and no registration is necessary. Please note that all candidates should come dressed professionally with copies of their current resume. Due to the drug-free workplace environment at PMG locations, background checks and drug-testing will be part of the required pre-employment screening. For additional questions or concerns about the event, please visit parrishmedgroup.com or call 231-268-6PMG (6764).

Parrish Medical Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a smoke-free and drug-free workplace. Applications from all minority groups are encouraged.


Mayo Clinic, Parrish Medical Center Announce Collaboration

Parrish Medical Center invited to become only member of Mayo Care Clinic Network in Central Florida

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Mayo Clinic and Parrish Medical Center officials have announced Parrish Medical Center (PMC) as the 29th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. PMC is the first Central Florida member of the network and the third in Florida.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Using digital technology, physicians with Parrish Medical Group and the Florida Health Network will be able to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery. These physicians will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information through the AskMayoExpert database and connect directly with Mayo specialists on questions related to complex medical cases.

"We're excited to formalize our relationship with Parrish Medical Center," says William Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. "We share a commitment to improving care and value for patients and this has become increasingly important in a changing health care environment. By sharing what we know, we can complement local physician expertise and address patients' needs while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their care."

"Parrish Medical Center is honored to be the first hospital in Central Florida selected to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network member," says George Mikitarian, president and CEO of Parrish Medical Center. "Collaborating with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network is the result of Parrish Medical Center's commitment to providing the highest quality health care available anywhere."

"Mayo Clinic and Parrish Medical Center have worked together for patients for many years," says Stephen Lange, M.D., Southeast medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. "We are pleased now to welcome our colleagues to the network. This formal collaboration will deepen and broaden our relationship to benefit patients locally."

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents nonownership relationships. Members share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care. The primary goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise close to home, ensuring that patients only travel outside of the region when necessary. Since its inception in 2011, the network has membership that extends to 15 states, from California to Vermont and Minnesota to Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Parrish Meddical Center joins Mayo Clinic network.

Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Awards 20 Scholarships

Scholarships awarded to local high school and college students

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 3, 2014)—The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, recently awarded 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to students living in the North Brevard Hospital District who are pursuing a degree in a health-related field and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Student applicants had 30 days to complete the scholarship application. A selection committee reviewed and scored each application based on academic performance, honors/awards, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, PMC affiliation, financial need, recommendations and essay.

Listed by the school they were attending when they applied, the recipients are:

High school students received their scholarships at annual awards ceremonies. College students received letters of congratulations.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Drives Results Exceeding $32,000 for Early Childhood Education

Residents Came Together with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to Help Change the Course of Childhood Education

TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 23, 2014 — Brevard County residents came together for the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, May 9 at La Cita Golf & Country Club. The event raised more than $32,000 for The Children's Center in Titusville, exceeding the goal by more than $7,000.

More than 140 golfers participated in the tournament, which was named in memory of former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director Fran Gerrett. "Fran was so generous and one of the biggest supporters of The Children's Center. It was only fitting that our annual golf tournament be named in his honor," said Kathy Myer, golf committee co-chair and director of Women's Services at Parrish Medical Center.

The annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett's longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity. Fran was famous for saying, "It's all about the kids!" All proceeds benefit the Parrish Early Care and Education program, which annually serves nearly 250 special needs and typically developing children. From playgroups to mom's morning out, preschool, childcare and respite care, its goal is for children to be successful in school.

"JPMF has been supporting TCC since its inception in 2000. This golf tournament helps provide financial support for TCC so the children in our community can grow and develop to their fullest potential," said Greg Sparkman, golf committee co-chair.

Thanks to Medline Industries, Inc. and RUSH Construction, Inc. for supporting the tournament as presenting sponsors. Due to their community support, TCC is changing the course of childhood education and ensuring more children are successful in school.

Other event executive sponsors included: The Watauga Company as lunch sponsor; Coastal Ambulance, KCI USA, Inc., MedAssests, MedFast Urgent Care Centers, Inc and Fran Gerrett's daughters as brochure sponsors. The first place men's team was John Andrews, Todd Denson, Tim Fields, and Jason Snodgrass. The first place mixed team was Chris Cole, Herman Cole, Joyce Cole and Robin Fisher.

"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 Myer. Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Jeremy Bradford, Santi Bulnes, Anita Currie, Lori and Paul Duester, Tiffany Lewis, Carla McRae, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Tim Skeldon, Courtney Wall, Robert Wildermuth 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 Chris Broome, chairman 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 parrishmedfoundation.com


Sports Physical Exam Program helps student athletes, raises money for schools

Doctors donate 100 percent of proceeds to North Brevard County schools' athletic programs

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FL (May 23, 2014)—Parrish Medical Group doctors Anthony Allotta, D.O., and Michael Magee, M.D., will provide local teenage athletes affordable school sports physicals, and raise money for their schools at the same time.

Dr. Allotta and Dr. Magee annually set aside specific days to perform sports physicals below normal cost, then return every cent back to the students' schools. Last year, Dr. Allotta and Dr. Magee conducted 138 sports physicals for area students, contributing $1,380 to the young athletes' schools.

"This as an opportunity to ensure our student athletes are physically able to compete," said Dr. Allotta, who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. "If a student has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports, we can identify that early on."

Dr. Magee, who is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at John Hopkins University in 1996, said helping local schools is an added plus.

"Everyone knows schools can use every dollar they can get, so our program enables us to help kids and families at lower cost while benefiting their schools," Dr. Magee said.

The next sports physical event is planned for Saturday, May 31 from 8–11 a.m. at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway. Sports physicals will also be conducted on Friday, July 25 from 5–8 p.m. at Parrish Medical Center, 951 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, in the physical rehabilitation department. PMC's physical rehabilitation department is located just inside the hospital's main entrance, which faces U.S. 1.

No appointment is necessary at either event, and the cost is $10. Male and female athletes are encouraged to attend. A parent or guardian must accompany the athlete. Please call 321-433-2247 for more information.

Dr. Anthony Allotta serves as the team doctor for Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Port St. John. Dr. Michael Magee serves as the team doctor for Titusville High School.


Parrish Medical Group Opens Diagnostic and Urgent Care Center in Titusville

Immediate access to affordable medical services in one convenient location

The Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center is located east of the Target Building. North Brevard County, FL (May 21, 2014)—North Brevard residents have a new, affordable option for diagnostic and urgent care services with the opening of the Parrish Medical Group (PMG) Diagnostic Center and MedFast Urgent Care at the Target Shopping Plaza, just east of I-95 on SR405, 3045 Columbia Blvd., Unit 108A, Titusville, Fla.

Parrish Medical Group (PMG) is North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. PMG, in cooperation with Parrish Medical Center (PMC), developed the PMG Diagnostic Center as an independent licensed diagnostic testing center offering greater flexibility, convenience and lower out-of-pocket expenses.

"PMC is consistently ranked among the nation's safest and highest quality hospitals as well as Brevard's lowest cost hospital," said Jeremy Bradford, PMC vice president of ambulatory services and the project's lead executive. "We measure value to patients by quality, service, and price, and each of these is an important benefit of the PMG Diagnostic Center."

The center offers fast and easy access to laboratory services, digital medical imaging—including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, and ultrasound, as well as urgent care for minor emergencies and illnesses. For laboratory services walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diagnostic imaging services are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And MedFast Urgent Care services are available every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Providing healing patient experiences is fundamental to every member of the PMC family of services, and we are very pleased to have, among our many excellent features, the Toshiba Titan (High Field) MRI unit, which is designed to significantly reduce noise in and around the MRI, offers a more open feel for patient comfort, and, in most cases, delivers superior image quality without the use of a contrast, which is important to physicians who want the very best and safest care for their patients" said Felicia Rabsatt-Harris, Parrish Medical Group executive director.

"We are thrilled to be so conveniently located to where people live, work and shop, and we look forward to providing the very best value (quality, service and price) in medical imaging and urgent care to our community," concluded Rabsatt-Harris. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 321-268-6MRI (6674), or visit parrishmedgroup.com.  


Parrish Medical Center Excels in Patient Safety –
Awarded an "A" in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 14, 2014 — Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Parrish Medical Center with an "A" — its top grade in patient safety. 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.

"We are proud to be the only hospital in Brevard, one of 19 in Florida, and one of 249 hospitals nationwide to have earned Leapfrog's 'A' grade distinction in all five cycles," stated George Mikitarian, president & CEO of Parrish Medical Center. "Achieving our fifth consecutive 'A' for patient safety is a testament to the dedication of our more than 1300 care partners (employees, physicians and volunteers) to fulfill our mission to provide 'healing experiences for everyone all the time®.'"

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Parrish Medical Center for achieving an 'A' and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority."

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

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 www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.


Parrish Medical Center Named Top Performer for Quality Improvements

The goal has been to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions.

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 18, 2014)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been ranked as a top performer by VHA, Inc., a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations.

PMC is one of 16 hospitals out of 200 in VHA's Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to be recognized as a top performer in a number of measures tracked as part of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative. This ranking is based on third quarter 2013 data.

A "top performer" hospital is one that sustained a zero (0) rate for the past four quarters for a given outcome measure in a Partnership for Patients Area of Focus. As a top-ranked VHA performer, PMC has maintained a zero rate for Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Obstetrical Adverse Events (OAE), and Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP).

The federal Partnership for Patients initiative is a partnership with over 3,700 participating hospitals that are working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. VHA's Hospital Engagement Network is the third largest initiative network in the country.

PMC's achievements beyond the recent top performer ranking for specific measured areas in VHA's Hospital Engagement Network include:

"Parrish Medical Center's excellent scores are a direct result of diligent work by our care partners in response to the 11 VHA HEN areas of focus," stated Edwin Loftin, vice president, Acute Care Services/CNO for Parrish Medical Center. "PMC consistently earns top rankings with CMS and other rating agencies for quality and safety, not only in Central Florida, but nationally. Making care safer, more reliable, and less costly is what we work to achieve every day. Being part of the Partnership for Patients initiative has allowed us to provide safe, more effective care for the communities we serve at a lower cost."

VHA helps its nearly 200 participating hospitals improve in 11 areas of focus ranging from falls and surgical site infections to readmissions. The goal of the HEN program over the past two years has been to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and reduce readmissions by 20 percent. Results are reported quarterly to the federal government.

"VHA has a long-standing commitment to help hospitals improve their operational, clinical and financial performance and we are excited to be able to continue our work with Partnership for Patients," said Dr. Keith Kosel, vice president and program director for VHA's HEN. "The impact and effectiveness of VHA's HEN can clearly be seen through the results realized by our hospital participants."

VHA's HEN hospitals have, in aggregate, already exceeded the Partnership's 40 percent improvement goal in ventilator-associated pneumonia, early elective delivery, and central line-associated blood stream infections and are making strong progress in other areas of focus. VHA's HEN has provided more than 3,000 individualized performance improvement coaching sessions and 644 on-site visits to help its HEN hospitals work through any obstacles to improvement. In addition, VHA has provided nearly 200 educational events to more than 12,000 participants in its network.

As a HEN, VHA will continue to work with participants to make care safer, more reliable, and less costly by meeting the goals set by the Partnership for Patients through December 2014.


Mon, 10 Mar 2014

PARRISH MEDICAL FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT

The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation recently awarded a grant of $1,000 to B.E.T.A. of Titusville, Inc., for GIRLS ARE GREAT - a celebration of growing up and understanding our changing bodies.

The event, which took place on Saturday, February 8 at St.Teresa Parish Hall,Titusville, targeted nine to twelve year old girls and their interested accompanying adults with a variety of activities during the morning. Over twenty Community Resource Fair tables offered displays to to enhance the lives of 'tweens, inclulding Girl Scouts of America, North Brevard Public Library, Mary Kay, The Hair Cuttery and Space Coast Quilters. An opening was offered by the Astronaut High School Junior R.O.T.C. Jaime Wyckoff and City Councilwoman Kathleen Burson provided refreshments from Titusville Organics.

Thiw year's Role Model was Titusville born and raised Sara Harbove, an opthamologist with Aker Eye Institute, who inspired her young listeners with her career choice.

Presenters were Shelley Beville, a registered nurse and director of Benton House plus a film on puberty; Jazzercise by Monica Benninghoff, "A Penny Saved" by Gayle Whitworth of the University of Florida Brevard County Agricultural Extension Service and hands-on project by nationally known craft educator Joan Pompa.nine high school girls served as moderators of a teen "rap session" for the young attendees.

The parenting panel for adults featured Julie Pringle, a Florida certified teacher; Elizabeth Harris, an attorney; Dawn Eckhoff, ARNP; and Elizabeth McLean, RN. Those attending received a kit of materials on puberty and related issues to be given to the young women at age appropriate times.

Stated Kim Spain Severson, B.E.T.A. (birth training, education, acceptance) Director, "We are most grateful for the continuing support of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for our nineteenth successful GIRLS ARE GREAT and look forward to future programs. B.E.T.A. is North Brevard's only crisis pregnancy center, and we offer GIRLS ARE GREAT as part of community education." For additional information, call B.E.T.A. (321) 264-0446, located at 620 Garden Street, Titusville.


Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons Grants Full Three-Year Accreditation to Parrish Medical Center's Cancer Program

  TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 25, 2014)—The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year full accreditation to the Cancer Program at Parrish Medical Center, located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Fla.

"Parrish Medical Center is proud to be recognized for its clinical excellence in cancer care because it is recognition of the exceptional people we have dedicated to caring for the community we serve," said George Mikitarian, Parrish Medical Center President/CEO.

Accreditation by the CoC is earned by those facilities that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their cancer care outcomes. Only 30 percent of facilities in the U.S. have earned CoC accreditation, but those facilities treat 71 percent of all new cancers. Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

Three-year accreditation is earned following an on-site evaluation during which the facility demonstrates a level of compliance with the CoC's Cancer Program Standards, including program management, clinical services, continuum of care, patient outcomes, and data quality. These categories align with the current healthcare focus on patient-centered care coordination, quality, and outcomes. For more information about Parrish Medical Center's Cancer Program, visit parrishmed.com.


Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 12, 2014)—The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors and students presently enrolled in college who plan to pursue a career in a medical/healthcare field. The scholarships are $1,000 each and can be used for tuition and/or books.

Students who have previously received scholarships from the Auxiliary may reapply if they are still enrolled in college and meet the application requirements.

Applicants must reside in the North Brevard County Hospital District (SR 528 north to the Brevard/Volusia county line) and have an unweighted grade point average of 3.0.

High school students who attend Astronaut, Space Coast Junior/Senior or Titusville high schools can pick up an application from their school's Guidance Office. Others may get an application by calling the PMC Auxiliary office at Parrish Medical Center at 268-6333, ext. 7183.

The application submission deadline is Friday, April 14, 2014.


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 28, 2014—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical/healthcare field related to human health. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,500 and recipients will be announced in May.

Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area (SR 528 north to the Brevard/Volusia county line). Students must have a 3.0 grade point average or greater, based on a 4.0 scale. Students who have been awarded a JPMF scholarship in previous years may reapply, provided they are continuing in a medical/healthcare field related to human health and have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average.

High school students who attend Astronaut High, Space Coast High and Titusville High may obtain an application from the Guidance Office at their school. Others may obtain an application by calling the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or by visiting www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 14, 2014.


Tim Skeldon Named Executive Vice President for Corporate Finances

Tim Skeldon
Tim Skeldon, CPA, FHFMA, ACHE, Executive Vice President for Corporate Finance
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 10, 2014)—Parrish Medical Center has named accomplished healthcare executive Tim Skeldon, CPA, FHFMA, ACHE as executive vice president for corporate finance. Skeldon has more than 25 years of professional finance experience.

Mr. Skeldon's new position reflects his increasing role in the financial aspects of all PMC affiliated areas, as well as his new emphasis on PMC's financial investment strategy as a result of recently passed policies on that subject. Skeldon will retain all his existing areas of responsibility.

Under his leadership, PMC has maintained the organization's "A" credit rating since obtaining it in 2000. Skeldon was the executive in charge of developing and building the LEED Silver Certified Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St John. He has also been involved in other nontraditional financial operational areas, such as Parrish Home Health and Parrish Health & Fitness Center.

Skeldon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Association for Managed Care Professionals (FAMCP), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He is a Fellow Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Prior to assuming his present position at PMC in 1999, Skeldon was vice president/chief financial officer at Central Florida Regional Hospital, Sanford, Florida. He also has been controller at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla.; Parrish Medical Center; Columbia Park Medical Center, Orlando, Fla.; and senior accountant with Ernst & Young, Orlando, Fla.

Skeldon graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Fla., where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, magna cum laude, and his Master of Science in Accountancy.

Natalie Sellers Named Vice President, Communications, Community & Corporate Services

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 19, 2013)— Parrish Medical Center has named accomplished healthcare executive Natalie Sellers, MS, APR, SSC as vice president, communications, community & corporate services.

Natalie Sellers PMC vice president
Natalie Sellers PMC vice president
Ms. Sellers' new position reflects her increasing role in areas of process improvement, human resources, organizational development, communications and service excellence. As part of that work, Sellers orchestrates PMC's Game Plan, a nationally recognized performance indicator program that drives superior quality, safety, service, and cost outcomes.

Sellers has been a featured speaker for brand management and service excellence at the national and local levels. She has been recognized as Community Development Business Leader of the Year, one of Brevard's most influential business leaders, and "Women We Admire" by Space Coast Business and Living Magazines. She has also earned a number of professional and academic honors, including FPRA's Public Relations Professional of the Year, LEAD Brevard's Emerging Leaders 4 Under 40 award, Florida Tech's Outstanding Graduate Student award, FPRA's Glisch Award of Excellence, as well as FPRA Image awards, Space Coast Advertising Federation ADDY awards and Healthcare Marketing Strategist awards.

Sellers' civic and professional service includes roles as past chairman of the board for the Titusville Chamber of Commerce, past president Florida Public Relations Association (Space Coast Chapter), Space Coast Economic Development Commission board of directors, United Way of Brevard board of directors and nominating committee, Florida Society of Public Relations and Marketing board of directors, Brevard Council of Chambers, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, and Florida Hospital Association, among others.

Sellers earned her Master of Science degree in Managerial Communication from Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla., and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. She is Six Sigma certified (SSC), and accredited in Public Relations (APR).

Ms. Sellers, her husband and two children reside in North Brevard.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Celebrates Benefit Gala Success

TITUSVILLE, FLA, December 13, 2013—The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's (JPMF) Glamour, Glitz & Games Under the Big Top Benefit Gala presented by GrayRobinson, P.A., was held October 25, 2013 at La Cita Country Club. The gala resulted in net proceeds of more than $115,000 for The Children's Center in Titusville.

The Children's Center, a service of Parrish Medical Center and one-stop childhood development resource center, provides an array of health, education, and human services under one roof. Serving special needs and typically developing children, the Center's vision is to develop "Strong Families for Life."

With 67 sponsors and nearly 300 in attendance, the event was a huge success! The ringmaster welcomed guests as they entered the glamorous world of "the big top" where they were entertained by a stilt walker, juggler and magician. Guests then entered the "midway" where they enjoyed vintage carnival games and delectable circus-inspired fare. The evening continued with cirque performers who wowed the crowd. NIL Entertainment owner and performer, Andrei Roublev, circled the floor with his German wheel, while Irina Roublev kept things moving with her spinning hoops.

Guests bid on trips such as a beach getaway for 10 and a trip to the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament. Entertainment and dancing continued throughout the evening, and then excitement filled the room as the raffle winners were announced. Joe Clark was the lucky winner of the $1,000 cash prize, and Jessie Kirk walked away with the grand prize of a $2,500 gift card to Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village.

Sponsors for the event included: "Big Top" Presenting Sponsor: GrayRobinson, P.A.; "Ringmaster" sponsor: TD Bank; "Center Ring" sponsor, Jaime and Melissa Lugo; "Trapeze Artists" sponsors: Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association (BIMDA), Boggs Gases, FLORIDA TODAY, Jon's Fine Jewelry, SCB Marketing, N. Christine Sylvester, Fred and Misty Wilson/Industrial Steel, Inc., and Zumpano, Patricios & Winker, P.A.; and "Acrobats" sponsors: Jerry and Judy Allender, Atlantic Business Systems/Sharp, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Coastal Ambulance Services, La Cita Country Club, Susan Morse/Morgan Stanley, Team Health Anesthesia and Parrish Anesthesia Specialists, Team Health Emergency Medicine - Coastal Division, and Wells Fargo. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the gala.

 "On behalf of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation board of directors and staff, along with The Children's Center staff, we thank all those who supported the gala and helped make it a great success. We are very proud of the community support, which will benefit those who receive services at The Children's Center now and in the future," said Christopher Broome, Esquire, chairman of the JPMF board of directors.

Event co-chairs were Chris and Kelley Broome, and Randy and Mary Coleman. Other committee members were Judy Allender, Richard Boggs, Lori Duester, Tara Edginton, Betty Greene, Randa Itani, Lisa Mathews, Lisa McAlpine, Carla McRae, Jim Musick, Katherine Musick, Laura Norris, Esther Porta, Debby Settle, Barbara Terhune, Misty Wilson and Holly Woolsey. The event design and production was done by Rachel Nave Hobgood of Nave Event Design.

Parrish Medical Foundation Benefit Gala
Glamour, Glitz and Games Under the Big Top took months of preparation and planning and was a huge success thanks to the dedicated committee of local community members, presented here by Ringmaster Dr. Michael Foster.

Parish Medical Center Auxiliary President Elected East Central District Director

New Role Will Serve 19 Hospital Volunteer Organizations

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 3, 2013)—Serving his second term as Parrish Medical Center's (PMC) auxiliary president, Michael Van Heusen was recently elected East Central Director of the Association of Florida Healthcare Auxiliaries/Volunteers. (AFHAV).

Van Heusen will serve the auxiliary/volunteer organizations of 19 hospitals. Through educational meetings, he will assist these organizations to exchange and share ideas, organize new volunteer groups, expand services and promote health education in the community. "Simply stated," said Van Heusen, "my responsibility is to help these auxiliary/volunteer organizations better serve their healthcare organizations."

As president of PMC's Auxiliary, Van Heusen has made recruiting new volunteers his primary focus. During the last year 124 auxilians completed the application, interview, and orientation process. They are volunteering in almost every area of PMC and its family of off-site facilities and services. PMC Auxilians range in age from 15 to 92.

Last year, PMC auxilians donated 64,090 hours of service. "They generously donate their time and talents because they want to make a difference in other people's lives," said Van Heusen. "Often new volunteers simply want to give back to the hospital because they had a great experience at PMC."

To learn about how you can become a PMC Auxilian call 321-268-6333, ext. 7183, or go online to parrishmed.com/healing-experiences/volunteer.

A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group

Meet Sherry Johnston from the Season 9 Biggest Loser

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Nov. 8, 2013)—Do you use a CPAP machine to help get a good night's sleep? If so, please join the December A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group on Monday, December 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit).

The evening will be emceed by Sherry Johnston from the Season 9 Biggest Loser TV show. According to Johnston's "BUT WHAT IF YOU CAN.COM" blog, "Sleep includes quality not just quantity, which [when I meet people] normally leads to a discussion of the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), because it's so prevalent, important and largely untreated!" You'll hear her inspiring story, and learn about her journey with sleep apnea and CPAP.

Then enjoy the Holiday Sleep Style Show as "models" show newer CPAP masks. The evening will include free health screenings, along with displays by medical equipment companies and CPAP mask manufacturers. Everyone will be eligible for a free giveaway and door prizes. Refreshments will available.

Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep problems? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting. A.W.A.K.E. meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St. John. Free sleep evaluations are completed by a registered technologist at each meeting.

A.W.A.K.E. is a free community service sponsored by the Parrish Sleep Disorders Center. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.

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

TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 12, 2013—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded the 2013 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship of $3,000 to Emily Vondenhuevel, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) unit secretary/certified nursing assistant II. 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 PMC for more than 22 years.

Vondenhuevel is currently enrolled in an associate's degree nursing program at Eastern Florida State College. "I am eager to work with the members of our community to provide healing. I have a passion for working with people and helping them through the best or worst days of their lives. It is rewarding to be present for those in need and to know I'm making a difference," stated Vondenhuevel. "With this scholarship I will be able to finish my nursing degree and work toward making a difference throughout our entire community. I am honored and sincerely grateful to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for awarding me with this scholarship and want to thank them for believing in me."

For more information, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com.

Emily Vondenhuevelreceives nursing scholarship
2013 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Award winner Emily Vondenhuevel (second from left) is shown with (L-R) Herman Cole, chairman of the PMC board of directors, Edwin Loftin, PMC vice president of acute care services/chief nursing officer, and Barbara Terhune, chair-elect of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation board of directors.

Tree Lighting & Fireworks at Parrish Medical Center

Sponsored by PMC Auxiliary & Jess Parrish Medical Foundation

Parrish Medical Center's Gift of Light TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Nov. 11, 2013)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) will start this holiday season with a bang. PMC invites the community to the free Gift of Light tree lighting and fireworks spectacular on Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm, in front PMC at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville.

The Gift of Light tree lighting celebration will be hosted by Timmy and Elaina from WA1A and feature games, prizes, community performances, and complimentary refreshments. The lighting of a 50-foot tree will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a fireworks extravaganza.

Honor or memorialize a loved one by placing a light on the Gift of Light tree. To purchase your gift of light, call 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com/makeagift.

The Gift of Light tree lighting ceremony is part of PMC's month-long Season of Light community celebration that includes breakfast and photos with Santa, beautiful holiday decor in the hospital atrium along with weekly holiday musical performances, and a special holiday menu in our newly remodeled Atrium Café.

For dates and details about PMC's month-long Season of Light activities, visit parrishmed.com/giftoflight or call 321-268-6110.

GrayRobinson, P.A. to be presenting sponsor of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's "Glamour, Glitz & Games Under the Big Top!" Benefit Gala on October 25

Limited sponsorship opportunities still available

TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 17, 2013 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. as the presenting sponsor for this year's "Glamour, Glitz & Games Under the Big Top!" Benefit Gala on Friday, October 25, 2013, from 8:00 pm to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit The Children's Center, which is an early childhood development center for both special needs and typically developing children.

"It is our privilege to be the presenting sponsor of this great event for the second year in a row because we believe in the mission of The Children's Center and know it is helping hundreds of children and their families have a better future," said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A.

The ringmaster will welcome guests as they enter the glamorous world of the Big Top, where they will enjoy vintage carnival games, cirque performances, and delectable circus-inspired fare. Guests will also have a chance to bid on spectacular live and silent auction items, such as golf adventures, culinary experiences and trips of a lifetime! The feature entertainment for the evening includes two performers from NIL Entertainment, which has performed with Cirque du Soleil, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Disney, Busch Gardens, and many others around the world.

The underwriting committee has secured sponsorships from numerous community members and organizations. "Ringmaster" sponsors include: TD Bank and Hitesh and Shital Patel.

As a "Trapeze Artists" level sponsor, Jon Miller has graciously donated $5,000 in gift certificates to his jewelry store, Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village. Guests will have a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate to his store by purchasing a raffle ticket, or they can bid on one of the live or silent auction items for the remaining $2,500 in gift certificates.

"I chose to be a sponsor for the fourth year in a row because this is such a great event that will benefit so many children in our community. Each year the event surpasses my expectations and I can't wait to see what's in store for us this year," said Jon Miller of Jon's Fine Jewelry.

Other sponsors at the time of this release include: "Center Ring" sponsor, Jaime and Melissa Lugo; "Trapeze Artists" sponsors, Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association, Boggs Gases, FLORIDA TODAY, Industrial Steel, Inc. / Fred and Misty Wilson, SCB Marketing, and N. Christine Sylvester; and "Acrobats" sponsors, Atlantic Business Systems, Bank of America, La Cita Golf and Country Club, Team Health Anesthesia and Parrish Anesthesia Specialists, Team Health Emergency Medicine Coastal Division, and Wells Fargo. 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 children in our community," said Christopher Broome, Esquire, chairman, JPMF board of directors.

Event co-chairs are Chris and Kelley Broome, and Randy and Mary Coleman. Other committee members are Judy Allender, Richard Boggs, Lori Duester, Tara Edginton, Betty Greene, Randa Itani, Lisa Mathews, Lisa McAlpine, Carla McRae, Jim Musick, Katherine Musick, Laura Norris, Esther Porta, Debby Settle, Barbara Terhune, Misty Wilson and Holly Woolsey. The event design and production is being done by Rachel Nave Hobgood of Nave Event Designs.

General admission tickets to the gala may be purchased for $100 per person. Additional sponsorships are available starting at $350. Space is limited. Register online at www.parrishmedfoundation.com/register or call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066.

Free Community Health Screening

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Screenings

TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 18, 2013—Parrish Medical Center offers FREE Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) screenings by appointment only Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Call 321-268-6150 to schedule an appointment.

PAD is a circulatory condition that develops when arteries in your legs become clogged with plaque—fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. PAD may also be a sign of blocked arteries in the heart and brain. People with PAD have a two-to-six times greater risk for heart attack or stroke.

This screening is most appropriate for people over age 50; who smoke or used to smoke; have diabetes, high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol; have a personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke; or are African American. Screenings are performed by health professionals at the following locations:

The screening test takes 30-40 minutes, and you are only required to remove your shoes and socks.

Call 321-268-6150 to schedule an appointment. Visit parrishmed.com and click on Cardiovascular Care under Programs and Services to download more information about PAD risk factors.

A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group

Find out if your medication is robbing you of sleep

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Sept. 10, 2013)—Medications and prescription drugs are designed to help with specific medical problems. But did you know they may have negative side effects, like triggering restlessness or interfering with deep sleep? Most common culprits include antidepressants, asthma medications, blood pressure medications, and corticosteroids. Even sleeping pills can have a negative impact on restful sleep.

Join registered polysomnographic technician Jeff Smith at our next Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic (A.W.A.K.E.) sleep disorders support group for this important discussion on medications and how they can affect your sleep.

This A.W.A.K.E. meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit).

Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep problems? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting. A.W.A.K.E. meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St. John. Free sleep evaluations are completed by a registered technologist at each meeting.

A.W.A.K.E. is a free community service sponsored by the Parrish Sleep Disorders Center. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.

Parrish Medical Center Among Safest Hospitals in U.S.

Lowest Rates of Serious Blood Clots After Surgery

TITUSVILLE, FL (August 9, 2013)—Parrish Medical Center is among the top 49 U.S. hospitals with the lowest rates of serious blood clots after surgery, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data.

The top hospitals' list was published by Becker's Hospital Review (http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/49-hospitals-with-the-lowest-postoperative-blood-clot-rates.html) using information found on CMS's website, www.hospitalcompare.com.

The serious blood clot rate is based on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety indicators that involve postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis rates. Parrish Medical Center's rate is 1.69 as compared to the national rate of 4.71. The rate is the number of postoperative serious blood clots per 1,000 surgical discharges from July 2009 through June 2011.

Blood clots can form if you do not move around a lot, such as being confined to a chair or bed for a long period of time or after surgery. A blood clot in the lung is called a pulmonary embolism. A deep vein thrombosis is when a clot forms in a vein deep within the body, often in a leg.

"Post-surgery blood clots can be quite dangerous because they can lead to difficulty breathing, heart attack, and worst-case death," said Parrish Medical Center Director, Perioperative Services Matthew Graybill, RN. "While older people are more susceptible, they can occur to anyone of any age."

"We apply evidence-based best practices and continuous improvement principles to everything we do at Parrish Medical Center which results in quality and patient safety," Graybill said.

Among the actions Parrish Medical Center takes to reduce the risk of post-surgery blood clots are the use of elastic stockings, compression devices, and anticoagulants (blood thinning medicine). In addition, PMC provides patients and their care givers comprehensive and interactive education about what to expect before, during and after surgery. PMC's exclusive, web-based patient education platform (called EMMI®) is easy to understand animated programs viewed by patients and shared with family.              

In recently released CMS data, Parrish Medical Center was listed in the top six percent of 2,985 U.S. hospitals and Central Florida's No. 1 hospital in areas of clinical care, a patient's experience in the hospital, and low cost.

Surgical care – which includes prevention of post-surgery blood clots – is among the clinical components CMS uses in compiling its national hospital compare data that affects all hospital patients regardless of whether they are on Medicare or Medicaid.

"This information is being compiled by CMS to challenge hospitals to provide the highest quality care and to put information in the hands of health care consumers that helps them decide where to go to receive the best care," said George Mikitarian, PMC president and chief executive officer. "The data consistently shows that Parrish Medical Center is in the top tier of American hospitals, which is a tribute to our hospital's team of care partners who work so hard for the people we serve."

Sports Physical Exam Program Helps Student Athletes, Raises Money for Schools

Doctors donate 100 percent of proceeds to North Brevard County schools' athletic programs

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 30, 2013)— Parrish Medical Group doctors Anthony Allotta, D.O., and Michael Magee, M.D., are enabling local teen-age athletes to receive affordable school sports physicals - and raise money for their schools at the same time.

Dr. Allotta and Dr. Magee annually set aside specific days to perform sports physicals at 60% percent below normal cost – and then return every cent back to the students' schools.

Parrish Medical Group hosts yearly sports physical events in June and August. This year, on June 1, Dr. Allotta and Dr. Magee conducted 138 sports physicals for area students, contributing $1,380 to the young athletes' schools.

"I look at this as an opportunity to ensure our student athletes are physically able to compete," said Dr. Allotta, who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. "If a student has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports, we can identify that early on."

Dr. Magee, who is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and who completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at John Hopkins University in 1996, said helping schools is an added plus.

"Everyone knows schools can use every dollar they can get, so our program enables us to help kids and families at lower cost while benefiting their schools," Dr. Magee said.

The next sports physical event is planned for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, in the physical rehabilitation department.

PMC's physical rehabilitation department is located just inside the hospital's main entrance, which faces U.S. I.  No appointment is necessary. Cost is $10. Male and female athletes are encouraged to attend. A parent or guardian must accompany the athlete. Please call 321-268-6PMG (6764) for more information.

Dr. Anthony Allotta serves as the team doctor for Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Port St. John. Dr. Michael Magee serves as the team doctor for Titusville High School. Both physicians are part of the Parrish Orthopedic Care team recently recognized with the Women's Choice Award® distinguishing it as one of the 2013 America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Orthopedics. 

CMS Ranking Shows PMC Leading Central Florida in Clinical Care, Patient Experience, and Low Cost | Among the Best in the Country

TITUSVILLE, FL (July 29, 2013)—A comparison of nearly 3,000 hospitals throughout Florida and across the U.S. by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is Central Florida's No. 1 hospital for clinical care, a patient's hospital experience, and low cost.

PMC also ranked as the No. 5 independent public hospital in the U.S. and in the top six percent of the 2,985 hospitals analyzed by CMS. This hospital compare data is important to everyone, not only those on Medicare or Medicaid.

Among the U.S. hospitals in the compare group, PMC placed at No. 186 for overall quality, service and low cost. In comparison, other nationally and regionally known hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic in Ohio placed at No. 1,372; Florida Hospital in Orlando at No. 1,782; and, the next highest-scoring Brevard County hospital is at No. 1,926, or 1,740 places below Parrish Medical Center. Other Brevard hospitals scored even lower.

"This is a wonderful statement about the work PMC's care partners do to fulfill our hospital mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time," said Herman Cole, chairman of the PMC board of directors.

"We're a public hospital in Titusville, and CMS data shows us to be exceeding the performance of some of the best-known hospitals in America," Cole added. "It's the result of having a plan that truly works.

"PMC has earned many quality awards, and for the people we serve to have in hand the CMS analysis that puts PMC among America's elite hospitals is a great thing for our patients, their families, and Brevard County."

CMS examined hospital data through a system called value-based purchasing, a system put in place to reimburse hospitals based on quality of care and patient experience (not the number or frequency of services) and to put information in consumers' hands about hospitals' quality and cost.

The clinical measurements included surgeries and treatment for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and other conditions.

Even as PMC was earning the highest composite ratings of all Central Florida hospitals, cost figures show PMC to be Brevard's lowest cost hospital.

"In today's health care world it's important for Brevard residents to know that PMC is not only nationally recognized for clinical quality and for a superior patient experience, but that it is also the county's lowest-cost hospital," said George Mikitarian, PMC president and chief executive officer. "High quality and a great experience as the county's lowest cost hospital are achievements of which PMC's care partners are very proud."

Edwin Loftin, PMC's vice president for acute care and PMC's chief nursing officer, noted that at the other Brevard County hospitals the average charge for treating heart failure is $20,085; PMC's charge is $15,405. The average charge for pneumonia treatment is $23,906; PMC's charge is $16,504.

Patients' impressions of their hospital experience were also evaluated, Loftin said. "This information, from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, is critical because it tells hospitals what patients think of the job they're doing."

Mikitarian said PMC in May 2013 earned national recognition – for the third time – for patient safety.

"We received our third 'A' rating for patient safety in the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Report," he said. In Florida, just 62 hospitals received 'A' ratings. The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization composed of leading U.S. employers and private healthcare experts.

"We have two goals at PMC," he said. "The first is to never be complacent with what we've achieved. The second is to improve every facet of hospital service and operations, all the time, to benefit every patient and family member who comes into Parrish Medical Center."

For more information about CMS's National Hospital Quality Initiative data that shows PMC to be one of America's top hospitals and the No. 1 hospital in Central Florida, please visit www.parrishmed.com/itmatters and also visit www.prshmd.com/itmattersvideo for a video message from Herman A. Cole Jr., Col, USAF, Ret., chairman of the PMC board of directors.

A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group

10 Common "Sleep Robbers" and How to Fix Them

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 19, 2013)— If you wake up tired each morning, it's time to face the facts. Join us at our next Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic (A.W.A.K.E.) sleep disorders support group to learn 10 common "Sleep Robbers" and how to fix them, presented by Parrish Sleep Disorders Center Registered Sleep Technician Kristina Weaver. This A.W.A.K.E. meeting will be held on Monday, August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit).

Some simple tips will be shared to help you sleep through the night. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive a free sleep evaluation and see the latest models of CPAP machines and masks. Do you want a CPAP mask that doesn't leak and has no headgear? The new "PAP TAP" mask will be demonstrated, and one lucky person will take this mask home.

Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep problems? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting. A.W.A.K.E. meetings are held the first Monday of each month, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St. John. Free sleep evaluations are completed by a registered technologist at each meeting.

A.W.A.K.E. is a free community service sponsored by the Parrish Sleep Disorders Center. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.  

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Accepting Karla Foster, RN, Scholarship Applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 15, 2013—Applications for the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted for students pursuing nursing degrees. 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 (PMC) for more than 22 years.

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 $3,000 scholarship is in exchange for a one-year commitment to work at Parrish Medical Center. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the next semester award.

Applications are available in the PMC Human Resources department, or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships 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 16, 2013. 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 (JPMF) at 321-269-4066.

World's Greatest Baby Shower Is Coming to Titusville

FREE event will reassure new and expectant parents about their role as mom and dad

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 12, 2013)—The World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Searstown Mall, 3550 South Washington Ave., Titusville. The FREE event will reassure new and expectant parents about their role as mom and dad with the help of experts in a variety of infant and child-related fields.

This annual FREE event will have over 30 exhibitors plus seminars, comfortable air conditioning, and hundreds of dollars-worth of door prizes for participants, as well as convenient parking. For additional information call 321-633-1702, ext. 230 or ext. 228.

Seminars will include:

World's Greatest Baby Shower organizational and sponsor members are the University of Florida/Brevard County Extension Service, Kiwanis Club of Titusville, B.E.T.A. of Titusville, Inc., Brevard County Health Department/WIC, The Children's Center, and Parrish Medical Center.

FREE Activities for Seniors at Parrish Health & Fitness Center

Learn to have better balance, and live better with your chronic condition. 

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 28, 2013) — Two free multiweek activities are available for seniors at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, FL 32780. These activities will help men and women be healthier and safer in their daily lives.

Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance
Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 19–May 14, 12:15–1:45 pm
Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance is a free 12-week workshop that meets two times a week. It is for adults 60+ who have uncertain balance and fear of falling. Tai Chi is a gentle form of physical activity. Participants gain strength, flexibility, balance and confidence while relieving stress, aches, and pains.  Call 321-268-6200, ext. 8607 to register for Tai Chi.

Living Healthy
Fridays, March 8–April 12, 9:00–11:30 am
Living Healthy is a free six-week workshop that meets for 2.5 hours once a week for adults living with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis, asthma, COPD, diabetes, GI disease, heart failure, heart disease, or pain. Discover better nutrition and exercise choices, learn better ways to communicate with your physicians and family about your health, and set goals to create your Living Healthy action plan. Call 321-268-6596 to register for Living Healthy.

Parrish Medical Center Sponsors Free "Love Your Heart" Event

This HealthBridge Healthy Heart Month educational event is for men and women

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 18, 2013) — Parrish Medical Center will present a special free event in February, "Healthy Heart Month: Love Your Heart," on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Titusville – Kennedy Space Center at 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd., Titusville (west of I-95 behind Cracker Barrel). Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Guest speakers for "Love Your Heart" will be Ravi Rao, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Amanda Ryan, DO.

Dr. Rao is an interventional cardiologist with board certifications in cardiology/cardiovascular disease, and Dr. Ryan is board certified in internal medicine. They will share information relevant to both men and women about what people can do to take care of—and love—their hearts, how to maintain a healthy heart as they age, and how to manage heart failure, a chronic condition.

A variety of free health screenings will also be available before the presentation.

Register online at healthbridge.parrishmed.com/rsvp. Seating is limited, so make your reservation early.

Healthy Heart Month: Love Your Heart is part of the PMC HealthBridge Education Series. HealthBridge events are held the second Tuesday each month at no charge as a service to our community. Many in our community are dealing with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. These conditions cannot be cured with just a pill or a shot—they require changing habits.

The HealthBridge Education Series is designed to bring a wide variety of health information and education monthly to our community. Health screenings are offered at each event. When they've completed all the screenings, participants will be eligible to earn a one-month membership to Parrish Health & Fitness Center. Raffle prize drawings are also held.

Future HealthBridge Education Series events will be:
March: Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day; March 12, 10-11:30 a.m.; PMC Conference Center, and April: Breathe Easy at Home, April 9, 10-11:30 a.m., PMC Conference Center.

At the Holiday Inn Titusville – Kennedy Space Center:
May: Your Hips Don't Lie...importance of movement and dance for healthy bones. Presented by Anthony Allotta, DO, Patrick Sonser, MD, Michael Magee, MD, Jonathan Lubitz, DPM, and Julie Chevillet, DO; will include simple Zumba from a Parrish Health & Fitness Center instructor.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 14, 2013—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical/healthcare field related to human health. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $1,500 and recipients will be announced in May.

Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area (SR 528 north to the Brevard/Volusia county line). Students must have a 3.0 grade point average or greater, based on a 4.0 scale. Students who have been awarded a JPMF scholarship in previous years may reapply, provided they are continuing in a medical/healthcare field related to human health and have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average.

High school students who attend Astronaut High, Space Coast High and Titusville High may obtain an application from the Guidance Office at their school. Others may obtain an application by calling the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or by visiting parrishmedfoundation.com. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 15, 2013.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $22,000

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 9, 2013—The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) "Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic 2012," held on December 8, 2012, at Sherwood Golf Club in Titusville, raised more than $22,000. Proceeds benefit The Children's Center (TCC) in Titusville, which annually serves nearly 2,500 special needs and typically developing children.

"JPMF has been supporting TCC since its inception in 2000. This golf tournament helps provide financial support for TCC so the children in our community can grow and develop to their fullest potential," said Greg Sparkman, golf committee cochair.

Medline Industries was the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Other event sponsors included: Coastal Ambulance, golf towel sponsor; MedFast Urgent Care Centers, Inc., hat sponsor; "Executive" sponsors TeamHealth Emergency Medicine and Roche Diagnostics; and "Corporate" sponsors Boggs Gases, Bott-Anderson Partners, Inc., Carmona Pathology Associates, P.A., Florida Bracing Centers, Inc., Graphic Press, KCI, La Cita Country Club, MetLife, Nabil Itani, D.O., Sego's Home Medical Equipment, Space Coast Radiology Associates, and The Watauga Company.

More than 130 golfers participated in the tournament, which was named in memory of former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director Fran Gerrett. "Fran was so generous and one of the biggest supporters of The Children's Center. It was only fitting that our annual golf tournament be renamed in his honor," said Kathy Myer, cochair of the golf committee and director of Women's Services at Parrish Medical Center.

"Fran's daughters, Leigh Connell, Amy Craddock and Lynn Kelly, joined the committee and were a tremendous help. It was so nice to see them continue Fran's generous spirit," added Myer.

The first place men's team was Wayne Aills, Mike Colman, Tuffy Threlkeld and Harold Todd. The first place women's team was Lorna Adams, Martha Hannah, Mary Jane Thompson, and Suzanne Yarbrough. The first place mixed team was Scott Charron, Jason Guptill, Claudine Mogg and Karen Moore. Door prizes for attendees were donated by many local businesses such as Airpark Golf Academy, El Leoncito, Titusville Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Pumpernickel's Delicatessen and many more. Lunch was donated by La Cita Country Club.

Ryan Minthorn was the lucky winner of the ball drop hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. He was presented with a check for $1,000. Other members of the golf committee included: Dr. Anthony Allotta, Santi Bulnes, Lori and Paul Duester, Randa Itani, Greg Phillips, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Tim Skeldon, 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 Chris Broome, chairman of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors.

Parrish Medical Center Employees Raise Funds For Community Wellness

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 9, 2013—Healing Families—Healing Communities®. Parrish Medical Center (PMC) employees live that vision in a big way. They raised more than $113,600 in their fifth annual employee giving campaign. Cochaired by Ryan Hieronymus, registration and scheduling interim director, and Sheryl Shelley, who works in the clinical equipment department, the PMC Circle of Giving Committee rallied employees and selected a signature project that reaches out to the community.

The campaign supported a wellness package consisting of four projects: a new Healing in Motion van—a transportation program that helps patients get to their hospital appointments or gives them a ride home after a hospital stay; new lift equipment to safely transport patients; a third floor fitness area upgrade for care partners; and Telehealth Monitoring equipment to remotely monitor patients to keep them healthy and prevent readmissions to the hospital. All four projects focus on increased wellness for the community and PMC employees.

Because of the generosity of PMC employees, the Healing in Motion van transportation program was started in April 2007 after employees raised money to purchase a van, hire a driver and put the program in place for the community. Since the program was initiated, approximately 12,000 patients have been served, according to Security Manager Deena Ellis. Security oversees the PMC van program and the head driver is PMC employee Tiffany Pergerson.

Due to aging and normal wear and tear, the original van was frequently out of service for repairs. PMC employees were able to once again raise funds to purchase a new van so patients could continue to receive transportation for necessary treatment. The new van offers increased passenger capacity and allows additional patients to be served.

The second project in the wellness package—new lift equipment—has been ordered and will soon be put into place at the hospital. "This new equipment will provide safer patient handling, reduce employee injuries and ensure the safety and comfort of our patients," says Jean Hallet, RN, PMC employee health nurse.

The remaining two projects will be completed by summer 2013.

"The generosity of our employees is amazing. We'd like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and who are committed to bringing increased wellness to our community," agreed Hieronymus and Shelley.

The Circle of Giving committee is an extension of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, contact 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.

Parrish Medical Foundation Healing In Motion Van
Parrish Medical Center employees raised more than $113,600 for a community wellness package, including a new Healing in Motion van—a transportation program that helps patients get to their hospital appointments or gives them a ride home after a hospital stay. Shown in front of the new van (L-R) are: Deena Ellis, security manager and Healing in Motion van project champion; committee members Paul Fender and Kathie Coon; Sheryl Shelley, Circle of Giving committee cochair; Misty Wilson, JPMF staff liaison; Ryan Hieronymus, Circle of Giving committee cochair; Tiffany Pergerson, van driver; and committee member Jerald Smith.

Do you have good circulation in your legs? Are you at risk for PAD?

Start the year right — know your risk for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 4, 2013—People have PAD when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits or plaque. When leg arteries harden and become clogged, blood flow to the legs and feet decreases. Less blood reaches the muscles in the legs, which makes them hurt. This is like angina, which makes the heart muscle hurt.

PAD is often ignored since many people think the pain or aching in their legs is related to aging or arthritis. As a result, many people with PAD do not know they have it and do not get treatment. It is important to discuss any leg or thigh pain you may be having with your healthcare provider. If you have PAD, your risk of suffering a heart attack can be six times higher than normal, even if you don't have leg symptoms. Finding and treating PAD early can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk for heart attack or stroke, and save your life and limbs.

Take a moment to answer these PAD screening questions:
Are you under 50 years of age, have diabetes and at least one other cardiac risk factor—history of smoking, abnormal cholesterol or high blood pressure?

Are you:

  Do you have one or more PAD symptoms? If you answered yes to any of these risk factors, you are encouraged you to attend a FREE PAD screening at Parrish Medical Center. The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test takes 30–40 minutes, and you are only required to remove your shoes and socks. You will be screened by a cardiovascular healthcare professional.

Call Parrish Medical Center (PMC) at 268-6150 to make an appointment. FREE ABI testing for PAD is performed on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at PMC, , 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Fla.; and Friday afternoons at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, Fla.

Don't wait until it's too late! It's not just your legs — it's your life!









 


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