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Parrish Medical Center

951 North Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796

Contact: Natalie Sellers, APR

Latitude: 28.630516 — Longitude: -80.824394

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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 nearly 60 years.

PMC is nationally recognized as One of America's finest healing environments®. PMC has earned top rankings on The SafeCare Group's Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals® since 2015. The Joint Commission consistently names 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." The hospital has earned 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. In 2014, Consumer Reports recognized PMC as Florida's safest hospital. PMC, as compared to other U.S. hospitals, maintains top-tier national rankings for clinical outcomes, safety and patients' experiences.

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, a service 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 seven local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. The Center annually serves nearly 2,200 children and their families. Visit The Children's Center online at
About Parrish Healthcare
Parrish Healthcare® is a regional integrated care network and America's first to earn integrated care certification from The Joint Commission, the nation's premier healthcare accrediting body. Parrish Healthcare's integrated care network was formerly introduced in January 2016 and includes Parrish Medical Center, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member and one of America's most recognized hospitals for clinical quality, patient safety and healing environments; Parrish Medical Group, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified patient and family-centered medical homes; and Florida Health Network, a regional network of healthcare providers, insurers, and others, such as Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville and the Nemours Children's Hospital.
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, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John, is an eco-friendly, diagnostic healing environment featuring laboratory and nuclear medicine services; comprehensive imaging (Xray, Ultrasound, Mammography, CT/MRI, etc.) services; rehabilitation therapy services; as well as Medfast Urgent Care Center; Parrish Sleep Disorders Treatment Center; Parrish Wound Healing Center; and Parrish Medical Group physicians (located on second floor). Parrish Healthcare Center is a Parrish Healthcare regional integrated care partner. 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 Philanthropy Officer Awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation

TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 22, 2016—CFRE International has named Amy Lord as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Amy Lord is a philanthropy officer at Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF), the fundraising arm of Parrish Medical Center.

"The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner," stated Jim Caldarola, CFRE, immediate past chair of CFRE International. "As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Amy Lord to herself, the fundraising profession and the donors who are served," added Caldarola.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievements and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

Misty Wilson, JPMF director, was awarded the CFRE designation last year.

"We are honored to have two CFREs at the foundation and proud of the hard work and dedication Amy has provided to our organization for the past two years," said Barbara Terhune, JPMF board chair. "Amy has consistently shown commitment to PMC's vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities® and we look forward to her continued contributions."

Statement from Natalie Sellers, Parrish Medical Center Vice President of Communications, Community and Corporate Services

July 21, 2016

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has endured the irreplaceable loss of a devoted Care Partner and one of our patients, all of whom we cherish.

The Titusville Police Department, with which PMC works closely (and its officers, to whom we are indebted) is conducting an investigation of the events surrounding the July 17 tragedy.

PMC is conducting its own intensive review of the tragic event and is working with a security consultant. Several new safety and security steps have already been taken and others may be incorporated pending completion of the TPD investigation and PMC's review and analysis. Among the immediate steps taken by PMC are: Additional security officers in the Emergency Department waiting area and at the main entrance. Overnight entry to the hospital will be through locked doors and will require a security check with identification.

We understand and appreciate the news media's interest, but until the investigation and review are completed it is premature for us to make additional comments or statements apart from what has already been shared.

We note that other healthcare organizations are also reviewing their policies and practices and making adjustments to them as they deem necessary. The tragedy of July 17 is compounded in that these places of care are having to determine to what extent facilities must be made more restrictive to patients and their families.

Parrish Medical Center – as required of all hospitals – has in place comprehensive emergency response protocols and regular drills are conducted. However, senseless violence, as we see in news reports daily, can strike anywhere at any time. Our task now is to use the findings of the TPD investigation and PMC's internal review to make the best decisions for the safety of our patients and Care Partners.

The entire staff of PMC appreciates more deeply than we can express the support, prayers, kindness, and compassion of our community and the people we serve. At a time of sorrow, the community's response is truly uplifting. 

Despite our sadness over the loss of our colleague and our patient, PMC's Care Partners are performing their duties in an exemplary way for the people we serve.

Blueberry 5K Raises Funds for Early Childhood Education

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 11, 2016 —The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Blueberry 5K Run/Walk held on May 14, 2016 at Holland Family Blueberry Farm raised more than $8,000, exceeding the goal by more than $3,000. Proceeds benefitted the Parrish Early Care and Education (PECE) program at The Children's Center in Titusville.

"We'd like to thank Holland Family Blueberry Farms for selecting PECE as the beneficiary program and The Children's Center as the event partner. The community supported this event through sponsoring, running and walking which helped us exceed our goal so more children can be successful in school," said Barbara Terhune, chair of the JPMF Board of Directors.

More than 400 runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the sixth annual Blueberry 5K, which was the final race in the Titusville Racing Series. The PECE program provides high-quality developmental and educational care in fully inclusive classrooms where typically developing children and those with special needs learn together. The Children's Center, a service of Parrish Medical Center, houses seven not-for-profit agencies that annually provide services for more than 2,200 families. Through collaboration and coordination of specialized services, it offers a continuum of care to all children, regardless of ability or socioeconomic status.

The committee secured sponsorships by community members and organizations. Platinum sponsors included Jeffrey M. Barlow, DDS, PA and N. Christine Sylvester. Gold sponsors included Canaveral Plastering Inc.; Bill and Rachel Terry; and The Watauga Company.

Event co-chairs were Jayne Goehmann and Christina Mitsakos. Other members of the committee included Lori Duester, Lorna Holland, Amy Lord, Esther Porta, Kathy Simonsen, and Marty Winkel. The event was chip timed and managed by Space Coast Event Management.

For more information, please contact 321-269-4066 or visit 

Parrish Employees Wind Back for Wellness

TITUSVILLE, FLA, June 27, 2016—Parrish Healthcare Employees raised more than $107,000 in the ninth annual employee giving campaign with a 52 percent in overall participation.

"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 continue to demonstrate our vision by giving back to the community we serve and investing in future generations of healthcare professionals. Although divided into six competitive teams, they came together for one common goal, to make a healthier community."

The two week, decades-themed campaign engaged employee Care Partners to Wind Back For Wellness by supporting the Employee Care Partner Hardship Fund; STEAM Works Program, a collaboration of Parrish Healthcare, Brevard County Schools, the City of Titusville and the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum to help students learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics; and various safety, health and wellness programs.

The 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 nearly $950,000 through its Circle of Giving program. Previous campaigns have provided funding for:

  • Parrish Senior Solutions – a referral and support service for seniors and their caregivers;
  • Digital stereotactic breast biopsy equipment – a less invasive procedure used to diagnose breast cancer;
  • Healing in Motion Vans – medical transportation program for patients in need;
  • The Children's Center playground renovation and expansion – to provide a safe and healthy early childhood development environment accessible to all children, regardless of ability;
  • The Women's Center North Guild – a permanent home to provide programs and services for the more than 650 estimated annual victims of domestic abuse in North Brevard; and
  • Parrish Health Village Park – connecting the entrances of Parrish Health Village West and East is a one-third-of-a-mile, wheelchair-accessible walking path and three fitness stations designed to accommodate athletic, senior and rehabilitation needs.
For more information about Circle of Giving, please contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit

Finnish Baby Boxes at Parrish Medical Center

Collaborating to provide newborns a safe place to sleep

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 7, 2016) — Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is the first in Brevard to partner with the Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard County and the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County to provide newborns a safe place to sleep. Baby Boxes are being given to mothers of newborns as part of a collaborative safety initiative that is focused on addressing common high risk behaviors associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

Implemented in Finland in the 1930s, the Baby Box is a proven method to reduce infant mortality (deaths). They are manufactured by the Baby Box Co. and function as bassinets and come with a sheet and firm mattress, which help keep the baby sleeping on his or her back and away from toys and stuffed animals.

Finnish Baby Boxes at Parrish Medical Center
Parrish Medical Center, in partnership with the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., has begun a pilot project to give all moms delivering a baby at the medical center Finnish-style baby boxes. The Baby Box functions as a bassinet designed to keep infants close and safe. Pictured here are new parents Jessie and Darci with infant Jessie James in the Baby Box.

"We do an outstanding job of providing a safe and healing environment to our new moms and their babies while they are in our care," said Kathy Myer, Parrish Medical Center Director of Women's Services and board member of Healthy Start. "Now, with the Baby Box, when mom brings her new baby home she can feel assured her baby has a safe place to sleep during those critical first several weeks."

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued recommendations for providing a safe-sleep environment for babies, including having a baby sleep on their back on a firm surface as well as recommendations regarding room-sharing without bed-sharing.

"Together with the Health Department and Healthy Start, we are also educating parents of newborns as part of the Baby Box program about the dangers of bed-sharing or co-sleeping with your infant," said Myer

SUIDs can be attributed to suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases and trauma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3,500 U.S. infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year.

"Parents are happy to get information and resources to help keep their babies safe. The responses have been completely positive," added Myer.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Awards 24 Scholarships for a Brighter Future

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, June 6, 2016—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary awarded $40,000 in scholarships to 24 high school and college students pursuing a career in a medical or healthcare field. New this year, both organizations have combined their scholarship programs to make a greater impact for those pursuing careers in the medical field that will one day provide healing care to our community.

The 2015-2016 school year scholarship winners were: Hannah Barrow, Jaimebeth Simpson, Morgan Smith and LeAnn Vaughan – Astronaut High School; Ziyan Zhang and Ziying Zhang – Eastern Florida State College; Allison Hilton and Salud Martinez – Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Dylan Bollinger, Arianna Broad, Keeley DiVita, Zachary Holcomb, Anna Pringle and Shreya Raman– Titusville High School; Amanda Cox, Minh-Chau Le, Amelia Melzer, Nirav Modha, Kyle Sellers and Kari Shaver – University of Central Florida; and Nicholas Andrews, Lynette Gonzalez, Alisa Mendez and Lindsey Hartt – University of Florida.

Bill Terry, Scholarship Committee chair, has been volunteering at Parrish Medical Center for more than 20 years and has helped PMC provide healing experiences for families and our community. By donating more than 29,000 hours of volunteer service and participating on the JPMF Board of Directors since 2007, Terry is working with PMC to improve, transform, and save lives.

"Thanks to our partnership with PMC Auxiliary we were able to streamline the application process and provide more substantial scholarships to recipients," said Terry. "The Scholarship Committee takes their task of evaluating the applicants very seriously. It is with great pleasure we are able to award these scholarships to such deserving students. I'd also like to say a special thank you to Terry and Barbara Terhune for making a $1,000 gift toward the scholarship fund so more students could be awarded." Other committee members are Santi Bulnes, Debbie Cox, Dot Hudson, Terry Lee, Patricia Manning, Ed.D., Bill McCarthy, Roger Miller, Ron Norris, Howard Rinker, DDS; Philip Simpson, Barbara Terhune and Michael Van Heusen.

"When we partner together and invest in programs that support future generations of healthcare professionals, the entire community benefits. I want to thank the committee, applicants and our benefactors for investing in a brighter future," said Terry.

Parrish Medical Center Donates Life-Saving Trauma Kits

Who: Parrish Medical Center, Team Health Emergency physicians, and the Titusville Police Department

What: Donation ceremony for life-saving trauma tourniquet kits

When: Friday, May 27, 2016, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Parrish Medical Center conference center

Why: Parrish Medical Center has committed to donating trauma tourniquet kits and training to the Titusville Police Department. PMC made an initial donation last year and is replacing kits with continued training as needed. The kits have already proved to be life savers in Brevard County.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Drives Results Exceeding $71,000 for Early Childhood Education

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 25, 2016 — Local residents came together for the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) "Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic" on Friday, April 22 at La Cita Golf & Country Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. The event was presented by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. and raised over $71,000 for The Children's Center (TCC) in Titusville, exceeding the goal by more than $6,000.

"We believe in continuing the foundation's mission of providing healing experiences to families throughout Brevard County. The Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic's success shows how the community has continued to support TCC so they can build stronger families for life," said Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A.

More than 220 golfers and volunteers 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!"

The committee secured 48 sponsorships from numerous community members and organizations. Platinum sponsors include: RUSH Construction, Inc. Gold sponsors include: Medline Industries, Inc.; Susan Morse, Senior Vice President and Steve Soltesz, Financial Advisor, Indian River Wealth Management Group. The men's first place teams include: Dr. Douglas Boler, Gary Fichardt and John Stewart at La Cita Country Club; Mark Anderson, Jim McDonald, Charlie Shulby and Steve Wright at The Great Outdoors. The mixed first place teams include: Chris Cole, Herman Cole, Joyce Cole and Rob Stribling at La Cita Country Club; Amy Craddock, Michael Hogue, Jason Lanthorne and Michael Liuzzi at The Great Outdoors. The women's first place team included: Martha Hannah, Jan Henderson, Toni Thigpin and Suzanne Yarbrough at The Great Outdoors.

"We'd like to thank all our sponsors, golfers, 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.

Event co-chairs are Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee included: Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Lori Duester, Leigh Gerrett, Amy Lord, Esther Porta, Tina Spangler-Phillips, Robert Wildermuth, Misty Wilson and Suzanne Yarbrough. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation or the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic, please contact 321-269-4066 or visit

Safety Watchdog The LeapFrog Group Assigns 'A' Grade to Parrish Medical Center, Brevard's Only Hospital to Earn Straight 'A's for Safety Since 2012

Hospital Safety Score logo TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 26, 2016) — Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. healthcare system, were announced yesterday by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has again earned its 'A' grade. PMC has earned an 'A' grade for patient safety in every grading period since The LeapFrog initiated the grading system in 2012. This makes PMC one of only 133 hospitals (out of more than 5,000 hospitals) in the nation and one of 15 in the state of Florida to have consistently earned an "A" grade since 2012.

"This latest recognition of our impeccable patient safety record continues to be a reflection of our dedicated team and our unwavering commitment to placing quality and safe care above all else," said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center.

"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our healthcare leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and MRSA.

To see PMC's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Hosts Benefit Golf Classic

TITUSVILLE, FLA, April 11, 2016--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, April 22. 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 privilege to be the presenting sponsor of this great event for the second year in a row. The Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic helps provide financial support so that TCC can continue to provide health, education, and care for many families and children with and without special needs. The work of TCC is critical to the community and contributes to the success of children in school," 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: RUSH Construction, Inc. Gold sponsors include: Medline Industries, Inc.; Susan Morse, Senior Vice President and Steve Soltesz, Financial Advisor, Indian River Wealth Management Group. 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 $85, 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: Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Lori Duester, Leigh Gerrett, Amy Lord, Esther Porta, Tina Spangler-Phillips, 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

Parrish Healthcare Announces Mayo Clinic as Preferred Provider

  TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 6, 2016)—Parrish Healthcare, a network of health providers that includes Parrish Medical Center, Parrish Medical Group and the Florida Health Network, announces that Mayo Clinic will be a preferred provider of tertiary and quaternary care to its network of providers, insurers and others.

Mayo Clinic's Florida campus will provide care for patients with rare and complex conditions when that care isn't available locally. Individuals will have access to 370 Mayo Clinic physicians, Mayo Clinic Hospital and the resources and knowledge of Mayo Clinic.

Parrish Medical Center took the lead in creating Parrish Healthcare, a regional network of healthcare providers who are committed to working together to practice evidence-based care and to engage in collaborative initiatives that result in superior levels of patient safety and quality outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Parrish was awarded Integrated Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the first such certification in the U.S.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville is ranked as the number one hospital in Jacksonville by U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 and is nationally ranked in four medical specialties – Cancer, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, and Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Parrish Ranks Among Top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 25, 2016) —Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been ranked as one of America's "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" by a premier national healthcare publication.

The ranking is by Becker's Hospital Review, 2016. Becker's Hospital Review is one of five industry-leading trade publications from Becker's Healthcare, a business and legal information source for healthcare industry leaders. "We've worked hard to create an engaging, healing environment in which PMC's care partners can do, and be, their best," said George Mikitarian, PMC president and CEO. "Everyone – most importantly, our patients – benefits from the results."

Becker's analyzes a series of factors to compile its list of great places to work: benefit offerings; wellness initiatives; professional development; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; a sense of community; and previously earned national, state or local recognition for workplace excellence.

PMC in recent years has earned multiple national workplace excellence awards including: The Jackson Group Laureate Award for Workplace Excellence (2015); Modern Healthcare Magazine's Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare award (2011); and the Gallup Great Workplace award (2010).

"Building and sustaining a healing work environment while our nation's healthcare system is facing unprecedented change is a reflection of our care partners living our mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time," Mikitarian said. "This devotion to our mission starts with the leadership of our board of directors and is shared by our leaders, employees, medical staff, and volunteers," said Mikitarian.

"PMC's talented and dedicated team of care partners is achieving nationally recognized clinical quality, safety, and service on behalf of our patients, families and community," Mikitarian added. "Being a great place to work goes hand-in-hand with being a great hospital, and why it matters which healthcare organization people choose."

Parrish Healthcare Center Port St. John Welcomes Port St. Java

PORT ST JOHN, FLA. (March 9, 2016) -- Port St. Java, the self-proclaimed small town coffee shop with a big heart, recently opened its second location inside Parrish Healthcare Center, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway.

Port St. Java serves fresh, locally roasted coffee and espresso. If you aren't sure what to order, the friendly team is happy to help you decide. Delicious coffees aren't the only thing on the menu. Port St. Java serves 100 percent fruit smoothies, a variety of baked items, all-day breakfast, plus soups and sandwiches for lunch.

Port St. Java hours of operation are Mon.-Thur., 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Fri., 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Crystal Vernazza and fiancé, Troy Benson, are the business owners. Vernazza explained their business is built on providing an excellent customer experience. Port St. Java offers great products at great prices with friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere.

"The entire Port St. Java team is thrilled with the opportunity to open our second location in Parrish Healthcare Center," Said Vernazza. "The staff, at the healthcare center, and the Port St. John community are wonderful. That's the best thing about growing our business here."

Post St. Java is prominently located inside the main lobby of the Parrish Healthcare Center and is open to the public.

For more information about Port St. Java, visit:

Parrish Medical Center named to 2016 Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals® list

  TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 24, 2016) —A just-released ranking of America's safest hospitals places Parrish Medical Center at No. 17 in the survey's 100-400 beds category.

100 SafeCare Group The SafeCare Group's 2016 'Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals®' listing named PMC–a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner–one of the country's safest hospitals for the second straight year. In 2014, Consumer Reports named PMC Florida's safest hospital.

"This is the latest evidence that our network of healthcare professionals is providing the patients we are honored to serve with superior levels of quality, safety and healing patient experiences, while also lowering health costs," said George Mikitarian, PMC president and chief executive officer. "This shows we place the health and well-being of our patients above all else."

According to The SafeCare Group, "the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® represents the nation's top performing hospitals in 40 evidence-based metrics of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' value-based programs, readmissions reduction, and hospital acquired conditions programs." 

PMC's spot on the list was earned through superior patient care, according to Yisrael M. Safeek, The SafeCare Group's president and chief executive officer. 

"If all U.S. hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® level, there would be improvement in the more than 400,000 preventable patient deaths and millions of preventable complications that occur each year," Dr. Safeek wrote in a congratulatory message to PMC. 

Mikitarian said that those statistics show that PMC's safety record is preventing deaths.

"The 400,000 figure translates to about 700 preventable deaths in Brevard County annually," Mikitarian said. "That's why safety is so critical to patients and their families, and why we work so hard and measure ourselves so carefully.

"It's also the reason the government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other healthcare rating organizations such as The SafeCare Group, are publicly reporting safety and quality statistics. It enables Americans and Brevard residents to know which hospitals are proving to be high quality, safe and lower cost."

A national healthcare debate centers on improving clinical quality, providing safe patient care and meeting patients' healthcare experience expectations while also working to reduce overall healthcare costs through clinical integration. 

"Ratings by The SafeCare Group, The Joint Commission, the CMS, The LeapFrog Group, and others serve to bring to the forefront those who are top performers and those who aren't," said Mikitarian.

"There's great information available today to enable people to go past what hospitals say about themselves and instead find objective, highly researched, carefully measured information that will enable them to choose their health care providers based on quality, safety and cost," Mikitarian added.

PMC was selected to The Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals" list based upon superior performance with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), Core [quality] Measures, 30-Day Mortality rates, 30-Day Readmissions, Complications Rates in Medical and Surgical Care, and Medical and Surgical Infections.

About 100 SafeCare Hospitals®
To produce a meaningful ranking of US hospitals, The SafeCare Group® looked to the Affordable Care Act for guidance of an evidence-based framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® rankings. The distinguished medical and legal experts who designed, developed, and implemented the Affordable Care Act believed that a listing of outperforming hospitals in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) would promote strong incentives to improve care. The SafeCare Group adopted this framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® methodology and created three criteria domains – "Processes of Care", "Outcomes of Care", and "Efficacy of Care". As a result, the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® utilized a methodology that is firmly rooted and grounded on nationally recognized, evidence-based metrics and data.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives Handmade Pillows for Cancer Patients

TITUSVILLE, FLA, February 24, 2016— Local sorority Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, at the Great Outdoors in Titusville presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with more than 55 handmade pillows for mastectomy and breast cancer patients at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

"Fighting cancer is hard enough. Our sorority chapter is focused on giving back to the community and wanted to support breast cancer survivors," said Ileane Patterson, sorority vice president. The pillows remove pressure and provide relief for mastectomy or lymph node resection surgery patients or during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Several members from the Beta Sigman Phi Chapter presented the mastectomy and breast cancer pillows to Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator, and Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. The sorority has supported the hospital throughout the years by donating crocheted hats for cancer patients, sewed teddy bears and colorful pillowcases for pediatric patients.

"We really appreciate the time this sorority took to make the pillows, which will be so comforting to patients in our Cancer Care program. As the breast health navigator, I've seen firsthand the relief these pillows can provide. They will be offered in the PMC Cancer Care Boutique which provides free supplies, coordinated care, mammograms for underinsured or noninsured patients and much more. I'm very thankful for this generous and heartfelt donation," added Luker.

Handmade Pillows for Cancer Patients
Members of the Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter present pillowcases to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for breast cancer patients at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured (Font, L-R) are: Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation; Ileane Patterson, Rosalind Zahn, and Jeanne Rauff; (second row, L-R) Donna Gruel, Kim Hessler, Sandra Wofford and Susan Kalkman.

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

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

Hannah Ball
2015 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Award winner Hannah Ball is shown with Barbara Terhune, chair of the JPMF board of directors.
TITUSVILLE, FLA, February 15, 2016—Jeess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded the 2015 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship of $3,000 to Hannah Ball. 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 am so honored to receive this scholarship and carry on Karla Foster's legacy of providing healing care. I'm passionate about making a difference and nursing helps me provide hope to those in my care. 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," stated Ball, bachelor's degree student at University of West Florida.

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

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Accepting Scholarship Applications

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 29, 2016 -- Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary are now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical or healthcare field related to human health. New this year, both organizations have combined their scholarship programs and will announce scholarship recipients in May 2016.

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 and/or PMC Auxiliary 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. Graduate students are not eligible.

High school students who attend Astronaut High School, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School and Titusville High School 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 The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 11, 2016.

The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification to Parrish Medical Center

The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification

Parrish Medical Center Dedicated to Improving Outcomes through Integration, Coordination of Care

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois – January 25, 2016) The Joint Commission's Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, nonprofit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to be awarded Integrated Care Certification.

The Joint Commission began offering Integrated Care Certification in July 2015 to recognize hospitals and ambulatory care settings that excel at integrating information- sharing, transitions of care, hand-off communications and other key activities as a patient moves between the hospital and outpatient care settings. The overarching goal is interactive engagement of providers and patients throughout the care cycle. By integrating care across the continuum, this positively affects patient outcomes.

"On behalf of The Joint Commission, I want to congratulate Parrish Medical Center on becoming the first organization in the country to earn the Integrated Care Certification," said Mark Pelletier RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "This certification recognizes Parrish Medical Center's dedication to improving patient outcomes with better coordinated care. It is also a benefit to the surrounding community Parrish serves, and it reflects its commitment to ensuring high-quality care transcends the walls of its hospitals."

Founded in 1958, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is a 210-bed, not-for-profit public medical center in North Brevard County, Florida. In June, 2014, Mayo Clinic and Parrish Medical Center officials announced 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.

"I want to congratulate The Joint Commission for establishing this groundbreaking certification program that recognizes the importance of integrated care for the benefit of the patients and communities we serve," said George Mikitarian, president and chief executive officer, Parrish Medical Center. "We are therefore proud and humbled to be the nation's first to earn Integrated Care Certification. Completing the voluntary certification process continues to afford us the opportunity to demonstrate that our community-based network of hospitals, physicians, and outpatient services are effectively working together to improve patient care and quality and to reduce costs."

In order to be eligible for the certification, at least one component of the health care system, such as the ambulatory care or hospital services, must be accredited by The Joint Commission. The certification period is for three years, and organizations are evaluated by reviewers who specialize in integrated care. This certification is separate from the accreditation process and does not affect the accreditation status of an organization.

Hospitals and ambulatory care settings that would like to pursue Integrated Care Certification can elect this option on the electronic application for accreditation available on the Joint Commission Connect extranet site. For more information, please email

The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Partners with TD Bank to Support Healthcare Initiatives

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 8, 2016—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation recently received a cash contribution from TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, through the bank's Affinity Membership Program.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation relies on support from community partners, like TD Bank, to raise funds that sustain and enhance healthcare services offered by Parrish Medical Center. "TD Bank is partnering with us to improve, transform, and save lives," said Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. "We appreciate their commitment to providing healing experiences in our community and allowing their customers to give back through the Affinity Membership Program."

TD Bank's Affinity Membership Program helps non-profit organizations raise money by receiving an annual cash contribution from TD Bank based upon the participation of qualified member accounts.

For more information about TD Bank's Affinity Membership Program or to find a store near you, call 888-751-9000.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Celebrates Benefit Gala Success

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 4, 2016—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's annual benefit gala was a tremendous success, raising more than $130,000 in net proceeds to establish the Sources of Strength program in the North Brevard community.

Sources of Strength is an evidence-based teen health and wellness program focused on preventing suicide, bullying, substance abuse and self-harm.

Glamping Under the Moonlight at Compassion Ranch was presented by the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. and Laura & William Boyles which wowed guests with the luxury camping theme. The nearly 300 guests shopped for silent-auction baskets at the General Store, roasted gourmet s'mores by the fire and enjoyed performances by Downtown Dance Studio, a trick rope artist and a Dolly Parton impersonator.

Excitement filled the ballroom as the raffle winners were announced. Chris and Kelley Broome were the lucky winners of the $1,000 cash prize. Shanna Kirkland, Ann Snodgrass and Kim Steele each walked away with a $1,000 gift card to Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village.

"It is our privilege to be the presenting sponsor of this great event for the fourth year in a row," said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A. "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."

The Children's Center will manage the three-year project in partnership with Brevard County School District and community groups to implement the Sources of Strength program at all five North Brevard middle and high schools. More than 125 peer leaders and caring adults have been trained at Madison Middle School and Astronaut High School. The program is expected to reach more than 3,000 students who will learn to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.

Melissa Lugo, underwriting chair, led the underwriting committee in securing 89 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; RehabCare Group; RUSH Construction, Inc.; 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; Hamlin Capital Advisors; Industrial Steel, Inc.; Jon's Fine Jewelry; La Cita Country Club; the Mikitarian family; SCB Marketing; Dr. Tanya Taival, Obstetrics & Gynecology; TeamHealth Anesthesia; TeamHealth Emergency Medicine Division and Terry & Barbara Terhune.

"On behalf of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation board of directors and 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 impact and change future generations of youth so they can find hope, help and strength before it's too late," said Barbara Terhune, chair of the JPMF board of directors.

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

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

2015 Gala Committee.
With months of preparation and planning, Glamping Under the Moonlight was a huge success
thanks to the dedicated committee of local community members. 

Amy Lord, Philanthropy Officer
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, 921 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796
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