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Parrish Medical Center

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

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2015

Parrish Medical Center recognized for healthcare quality by The Safecare Group

—PMC in top 2 percent of U.S. hospitals for best processes, outcomes and effective care—

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Dec. 3, 2015)— Parrish Medical Center has been recognized by The SafeCare Group for excellence in quality, patient safety and efficiency in its 2014-15 "100 SafeCare Hospitals" listing.

PMC ranked a full three standard deviations above the national average in patient safety, placing it within the top two percent of hospitals nationwide, and had the top score in Florida for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP).

The "100 SafeCare Hospitals" listing recognizes hospitals that excel in evidence-based areas required under the Affordable Care Act.

The SafeCare Group analyzed hospital data for 40 Affordable Care Act measures for the 2014-2015 hospital ratings. The analysis identified hospitals with comparatively lowest risk-standardized 30-day mortality rates, lowest 30-day readmissions, lowest complications rates in medical and surgical care, lowest in-hospital medical and surgical infections, highest medical and surgical processes of care measures for AMI, HF, PN, and SCIP, and highest patient satisfaction scores.

Only the 100 hospitals between 100-400 beds with the highest scores made the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® list. 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, according to The SafeCare Group.

"Much too often, hospital reputation and performance on quality measures are divergent. We believe that a listing of outstanding hospitals in the areas of the Affordable Care Act would promote strong incentives to improve care, treatments, and services," says Dr. Yisrael Safeek, MD, MBA, Founder and Chairman of The SafeCare Group®.

About the SafeCare Group
The SafeCare Group® (www.safecaregroup.com) was founded in 2010 to help hospitals excel in the areas of Patient Safety, Quality, and Efficiency through best-in-class PQE software, high quality people, and value-added services. The SafeCare Group created and published the CAUTI Bundle (used internationally), and the "I AM FOR SAFETY" 12-point Surgical Checklist as required by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as several checklists to avoid hospital falls and decubitus ulcers. The SafeCare Group is a leading provider of analytics and business intelligence solutions to a variety of healthcare organization with innovative data-driven software help hospitals improve HVBP, HRRP, and HACRP, and keep hospitals compliant with Joint Commission standards. The SafeCare Group published its first 100 SafeCare Hospitals® listing with the 2013 100 SafeCare Hospitals® to recognize hospitals that excel in evidence based areas that are required under the Affordable Care Act. The SafeCare Group is the publisher of SafeCare magazine, offering a unique voice in its coverage on the people, ideas, organizations and novel technologies affecting safe and quality healthcare.


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Director Awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Designation

TITUSVILLE, FLA, December 3, 2015 — CFRE International has named Misty Wilson as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Misty Wilson is the director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, 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 Misty Wilson 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.

"We are honored to have a CFRE awardee as the foundation director and proud of the hard work and dedication she has provided to our organization for more than five years," said George Mikitarian, PMC president and chief executive officer. "Misty has shown commitment to the philanthropic community partners that help PMC achieve its vision of Healing Families–Healing Communities®. We look forward to her continued leadership and contributions toward our reputation for service excellence."


The Children's Center Receives Funding for Respite Program

TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 13, 2015—The Children's Center received $5,000 in grant funding from the Community Foundation for Brevard. It will be used to support the Respite Program, also known as Parent Night Out, for family caregivers of children with and without special needs.

The Children's Center, a service of Parrish Medical Center, provides respite care to children with all abilities. The program allows parents a break from their role as caregivers, but they can feel assured that their children are well cared for because qualified staff, volunteers and a nurse are onsite during their stay, according to Center Manager Lori Duester. There are two locations for the Respite Program; The Children's Center, for children ages 1-9, and Parrish Health and Fitness Center for children ages 10-18. Volunteers, including a registered nurse, are an integral part of the program. Local community organizations, as well as high school organizations, routinely offer support and volunteer their time on a regular basis.

There has been a steady increase in attendance at the Respite Program over the past few years, emphasizing the community need for such services. "It also indicates that The Children's Center is a safe and reputable place that provides quality service," said Duester. "Funds from the Community Foundation for Brevard grant will be used to subsidize 651 hours of care over a six month period. This will allow 162 child visits to the Respite Care program."

In the United States today, there are approximately 65 million people caring for family members at home, including children with disabilities. Respite is the service most often requested by family caregivers, yet it is in critically short supply, inaccessible, or unaffordable regardless of the age or disability of the individual needing assistance.

Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well-being, reduce the likelihood of divorce and sustain marriage, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect, according to ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center.

The Children's Center is located at 5650 S. Washington Avenue in Titusville. It houses five not-for-profit agencies which 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.

For more information about the Respite Program or center, contact The Children's Center at 321-264-0855 or visit parrishchildrenscenter.com.

Through staff and volunteers, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) raises funds to support healthcare initiatives, such as The Children's Center. For more information about the Foundation, contact JPMF at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.


Titusville Fire Department raises funds for Parrish Medical Center cancer care support

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 10, 2015 -- The Titusville Fire & Emergency Services Department presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with a check for $2,500 to benefit cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

Titusville Fire Department check presentation
Titusville Fire & Emergency Services Department presents a check for $2,500 to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured (L-R) are: Battalion Chief Gerald Ford, Jess Parrish Medical Center Director Misty Wilson, PMC Breast Health Navigator and Oncology Program Coordinator Shannon Luker, Firefighter-Paramedic Pete Hervochon, Breast Cancer Survivor Kimberly Severson, Firefighter EMT Lane, Lt./Paramedic Roman Johnson, Operations Chief Chad Lindquist, PMC Clinical Nurse Consultant for Medical/Surgical Oncology Marsha Richardson, Battalion Chief Gregory Sutton and Fire Chief Mike Woodward.

Members of Titusville Fire & Emergency Services Department traded their uniform shirts for pink themed T-shirts the entire month of October, as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.

"Thanks to the support from all of those who bought shirts, allowing us to give money to a local foundation that directly supports women dealing with breast cancer. Thanks to the outpouring of support, we sold more than 320 shirts. We look forward to giving even more next year," said Gregory Sutton, City of Titusville battalion chief.

Several members from the Titusville Department presented the check to Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator; Marsha Richardson, PMC clinical nurse consultant for medical/surgical oncology; Kimberly Severson, former PMC patient and breast cancer survivor; and Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

"We know that being diagnosed with cancer is a difficult time for patients and their families. A breast health navigator who works directly with patients to coordinate care, free supplies through our Cancer Care Boutique and mammograms for underinsured or noninsured patients are just a few examples of the services available as a resource to cancer patients through our cancer care program. We are very thankful for this generous and heartfelt donation," said Richardson.

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


Season of Light

Celebrate the Season of Light with Parrish Medical Center, sponsored by Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

PMC presents the Season of Light, a month-long community celebration.

Starting the season with a bang is the Gift of Light tree lighting and fireworks spectacular in front of the hospital on Dec. 3. Other month-long highlights include:

  • Breakfast and photos with Santa
  • Beautiful holiday decor in the hospital atrium
  • Holiday musical performances
  • Special holiday menu in our the Atrium Cafe

Gift of Light Tree Lighting and Fireworks Extravaganza

December 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Guest Emcees A.J. and Ashley from K92.3
  • Games and prizes
  • Reindeer
  • Train Rides
  • Face painting
  • Cookie decorating
  • Parents bring you camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Holiday Musical Performances
  • Complimentary hot chocolate, cider and baked goods
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m.
  • Fireworks immediately following the Tree Lighting
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.


Parrish Medical Center Earns Top Hospital Safety Score

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (October 29, 2015)— Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the LeapFrog Group honored Parrish Medical Center (PMC) with its top grade in patient safety. PMC has earned an "A" grade in all eight releases of the Hospital Safety Score since LeapFrog initiated the grading system in 2012. This makes PMC one of 133 hospitals in the nation to have received all (8 reporting periods) straight A ratings, one of 15 in the state of Florida, and the only one in Brevard County.

Leapfrog Group hospital score logo "We remain proud of our impeccable patient safety, quality and patient experience record and of our employees, physicians and volunteers who dedicate themselves every day to our mission to provide healing experiences for everyone all the time," said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud of the outstanding results being achieved by Parrish Medical Center. I am also proud of the board quality committee for serving to fulfill its mission to ensure affordable access to safe, high quality patient care to the communities we serve," said Parrish Medical Center Board Chairman Herman Cole, Jr. 

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

Leapfrog assigns a letter grade (A to F) to hospitals calculated from a group of 28 measures. Of the 28 measures used to calculate the scores, 15 are process-related or structure-related and 13 are outcome-based. Leapfrog uses several sources of data – the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, certain measures on Hospital Compare and AHA Annual Survey information.

To see how PMC's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

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


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives Handmade Items for Pediatric Patients

TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 12, 2015 — Local sorority Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, at the Great Outdoors in Titusville presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with 50 handmade pillowcases for pediatric patients at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

"Our sorority chapter is focused on giving back to the community and wanted to support families and children entering the hospital. When we heard about the pediatric programs and services provided by PMC, we knew that this was the right organization to receive the donation," said Ileane Patterson, sorority vice president.

Several members from the Beta Sigman Phi Chapter presented the pillowcases to Linda Carrillo, assistant vice president, Ambulatory Services; Kathy Myer, director, Women's Center; Kimberly Smith, interim manager of Emergency Department; and Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

"We really appreciate the time this sorority took to make the pillowcases, which will be so comforting to the children who are admitted to our pediatric unit. We are very thankful for this generous and heartfelt donation," said Myer.

JPMF Handmade Items for Pediatric Patients
Members of the Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter present pillowcases to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for pediatric patients at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured (Font, L-R) are: Elaine Wallach, Marilyn Falusi, Rosalind Zahn, Ileane Patterson and Jeanne Rauff; (second row, L-R) Kimberly Smith, interim manager, Emergency Department; Misty Wilson, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation; Susan Kalkman; and (Row 3, L-R) Linda Carrillo, vice president, Ambulatory Services; and Kathy Myer, director, Women's Center.

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


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Annual Gala Funds Youth Suicide Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 www.gray-robinson.com.

Amy Lord
Philanthropy Officer
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation
921 N. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796
Office: 321-269-4066 Cell: 321-514-8899
www.parrishmedfoundation.com


Physician Giving Network Donates Funds for Parrish Medical Center Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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


Parrish Medical Center Provides Emmi® Patient Education Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Honors Major Donors at Recognition Gallery Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Applications are available in the PMC Human Resources department, or visit 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 28, 2015. The recipient will be announced in September.

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


Parrish Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery

AIMIS designates hospital as Gynecological Surgery Center of Excellence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The practice systematically identifies individual patients and plans, and manages and coordinates care based on need.
  • The practice provides access to team-based care for both routine and urgent needs of patients, families and caregivers.
  • The practice follows standards for providing access to appointments, and regularly assesses its performance on providing (a) same-day appointments for routine and urgent care; (b) availability of appointments; and by (c) acting on identified opportunities to improve.
  • The practice provides access to evidence-based care, patient/family education and self-management support. 
  • The practice collaborates with the patient and family to develop and implement a written care plan for patients.
  • The practice uses performance data to identify opportunities for improvement and acts to improve clinical quality, efficiency and patient experience.
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Parrish Medical Group Patient-Centered Medical Home, call 321-268-6PMG (6764).


Parrish Employees Channel Their Inner Superhero for a Healthy Community

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Help people understand their choices for treatment.
  • Involve patients in their own healthcare decision-making.
  • Encourage them to express in writing their healthcare wishes and decisions.
  • Simplify care management and communication through shared documents.
  • Improve consistency in how advance-care planning is approached.
"As a person's health improves or declines, personal directives may change," explains Terry Donovan-Page, RN, MSN, PMC's palliative care coordinator. "Advanced Care Planning discussions need to be more routine and processes need to be in place that clearly communicate and support patient healthcare choices."

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


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

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

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

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

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

They are proven lifesavers.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She and her husband reside in North Brevard.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Hosts Benefit Golf Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


2014

Parrish Medical Group Welcomes New Physician

E. Alan Webb, MD, joins Parrish Medical Group specializing in Internal Medicine

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FL (October 30, 2014)—Parrish Medical Group (PMG) is pleased to welcome Internal Medicine physician E. Alan Webb, MD to its medical staff and the North Brevard community. Dr. Webb will join PMG as a primary care provider at Titusville Family Practice, 1849 Jess Parrish Court, Titusville, Florida.

Dr. Webb is board certified in internal medicine and received his degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. With over 18 years of experience, Dr. Webb has taken care of patients in private practice as well as in the military sector.

Dr. Webb completed his internship and residency at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi, and served as Director of Special Care Unit at Sheppard Air Force Base. He also served as Chief of the Internal Medicine Clinic and Chairman of Medical Services Committee at Barksdale Air Force Base. A prior active duty member of the United States Air Force, Dr. Webb is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.

Dr. Webb welcomes new patients. For an appointment, call 321-267-1424. For more information about Parrish Medical Group, visit ParrishMedGroup.com or call 321-268-6PMG (6764).


Parrish Medical Center's Taste of the Arts Teen Art Series

Taste of the Arts Teen Art Series

Register your high school student for the upcoming Taste of the Arts Teen Art Series. The event takes place over the duration of three Thursdays - October 16, 23 and 30 - from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at The Children's Center, 5650 S. US Hwy 1 in Titusville. Teens will have the opportunity to participate in classes including dance instruction, painting and clay. Classes are $30 and will include dinner. Register by Thursday, October 9 by calling 321-264-0855 or email Courtney.wall@parrishmed.com.


Citing hospital's mission, patients' interests and need for confidence in insurance carriers, PMC Board votes to end contract with Health First Health Plans

  NORTH BREVARD COUNTY, FL (Sept. 9, 2014)—Saying that Parrish Medical Center's (PMC) mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time® includes how patients are treated by insurance companies and the trust PMC must have that organizations will keep their agreements, the PMC Board of Directors voted Monday night to end the hospital's relationships with Health First Health Plans (HFHP).

Existing PMC – HFHP agreements will end on December 7, 2014. This includes HFHP's Medicare and commercial products.

Parrish Medical Center officials cite Health First Health Plans' referral restrictions on health care services; communication restrictions with HFHP members; no program that recognizes PMC's record of superior clinical quality, safety and low-cost; and Health First's breaches of previous agreements as reasons for ending the hospital's contract with HFHP.   With the upcoming open enrollment period for Medicare and other insurance programs approaching, area residents wishing to use PMC should select insurance carriers that have a contractual relationship with the medical center, hospital officials say.

"This decision was difficult, but necessary," said Tim Skeldon, Parrish Medical Center's executive vice president of corporate finance. "We wanted to make the community aware of this change before the upcoming open enrollment period for Medicare plans, which runs from October 15th to December 7th."

Some 5,000 north Brevard residents are affected, Skeldon estimates. Exact figures are not available because unlike other insurance carriers, HFHP restricts direct contact with its customers.

"During the open enrollment period, employers and residents within our service area have the ability to choose an insurance carrier affiliated with Parrish Medical Center so they can continue to use a hospital that is nationally recognized for clinical quality, safety, low-cost and excellent patient satisfaction rankings."

According to PMC officials, the issues motivating the decision are:

  • Patients have difficulty in getting a referral outside of Health First's network and the network of providers is smaller than most other insurance carriers. For example, residents of north Brevard who need home health care or physical therapy are generally referred to Health First practitioners, creating scheduling and transportation difficulties for north Brevard residents. Other insurance carriers, for the convenience of patients, typically refer to associated services anywhere in the community.
  • Health First Health Plans restricts PMC from having direct communication with patients who are HFHP customers. This restriction interferes with the hospital's ability to communicate with patients to educate and support them in the best management of their health. This restrictive practice is unique to HFHP and not a practice that is shared by other insurance carriers.
  • Health First Health Plans has been unwilling to recognize PMC's quality, safety and low-cost record in how it reimburses for patient services. In fact, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes hospital quality and safety records, reimbursing PMC and others who achieve CMS's standards for high quality, safety, patient experiences, low cost and low readmission rates.
Just one such example, said Chris McAlpine, PMC chief transformation officer, is Parrish Medical Center's record in lowering the rate of patients' readmissions to the hospital.

"Under health care reform the government is looking at readmission rates because they are a quality of care indicator and because the more times patients have to be readmitted for the same problem, the greater the costs," McAlpine said.

"Our low readmission rates mean that Parrish Medical Center is the only Brevard County hospital that is not going to receive a readmission rate-related reduction in government reimbursement," he said. "Other insurance carriers take Parrish Medical Center's record in this and other care quality and cost reduction successes into consideration when determining how they will pay PMC. Health First Health Plans does not."

Skeldon said the open enrollment period for Health First Health Plans Medicare Members is from October 15th to December 7th. During this period Medicare patients have the opportunity to decide whether to switch Medicare insurance carriers. The enrollment period for commercial health insurances may vary. If you are a HFHP member with a commercial insurance plan you should check with your employer for enrollment dates.

"There is great competition between insurance companies for these members," he said. "Health First Health Plans members have the opportunity, during the open enrollment period, to decide if they want to change to an insurance carrier that is working with Parrish Medical Center or switch back to traditional Medicare"

After December 7, 2014, Parrish Medical Center will be considered an out-of-network provider with respect to HFHP. However, by law, HFHP members are still able to use PMC emergency services.

"We want to give people time to consider what course of action is right for them," said Skeldon. "The final consideration for us had to be the overall well-being of our patients and their families."


Local doctors raise nearly $3,000 for area high school athletic programs

PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FLA (August 25, 2014)—Parrish Medical Group's (PMG) team of physicians and staff completed 279 sports physicals for area high school students, and contributed $2,790 to the students' athletic programs.

Annually, PMG hosts two sports physical events to help student athletes and raise money for their schools. The events were held in May and July in Port St. John and Titusville. This year's PMG team of physicians who supported the sports physical events included:

  • Dr. Anthony Allotta, board-certified internist, fellowship trained in sports medicine, and team doctor for Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Port St. John
  • Dr. Michael Magee, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for Titusville High School
  • Dr. Erica O'Bryan, board-certified pediatrician
  • Dr. Julio Pagan, board-certified internist
According to the doctors:

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

Dr. Magee 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 local kids and families at lower cost while benefiting their schools."

Dr. O'Bryan stated, "We had a great turn out and I was happy to participate. An event such as this helps ensure safe participation for the athlete at the start of the season, and can help determine necessary accommodations and restrictions to specific activities. The need for further evaluation or testing can also be identified prior to competition to pinpoint or exclude certain conditions that may cause harm."

Dr. Pagan, said, "Helping student athletes stay healthy is a win-win for students, their families and our communities. I'm happy to play a small part in that."


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:

  • Astronaut High School: Jenna Burnsed and Jaidan Roberson
  • Titusville High School: James Cox, David Dean, Austin Folger, Taylor Schlemmer and Julie Yeh
  • Eastern Florida State College: Jennifer Bowne, Donald Duzak, Robert Fuller, and Sarah Oswald
  • Florida State University: Elena Simonsen
  • University of Central Florda: Amanda Cox, Kaley Galbreath, Haleigh Hodges, Nofa Kadour, Amelia Melzer, Nehal Modha, and Megan Witcher
  • University of Florida: Joseph Dean
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:

  • No central line-acquired blood stream infections during the past two years
  • No injuries to mother and baby during birth for the past 1.25 years
  • 98.8 percent compliance in reducing normal deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy for the most recent six-month period
  • No catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the past three years
  • No instances of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the past seven years
"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:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • Multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • And, most importantly, quality care close to home
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.


2013

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:

  • PMC, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Fla. on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50), Titusville, Fla., on Fridays
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:

  • The "Ask a Doc" panel will give parents the opportunity to meet North Brevard medical experts and gather a wealth of information about prenatal, delivery and infant care.
  • Cara Starkey, nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife at Parrish Medical Center, received her Masters of Science in Nursing and Certificate of Nurse Midwifery at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hayden, Ky. She has worked as a labor and delivery nurse and high-risk obstetrics. She has been in the midwifery field since 2007. 
  • Gregory Gullikson, DMD, has practiced dentistry in Titusville since 1990, and has volunteered his time at The Children's Center teaching children how to care for their teeth.
  • Pediatrician Douglas Barimo, MD, of North Brevard Children's Medical Services, will share his expertise in medical and healthcare for infants through early childhood. Dr. Barimo has over 25 years of pediatric experience in Brevard County.
  • Rita Jordan, RN, international board-certified lactation consultant, Parrish Medical Center: "I love helping empower new moms through education, and assist them to successfully breastfeed and care for their newborns."
  • Infant/Toddler Brain Development: Dr. Wil Blechman is a rheumatologist who developed a major interest in children's issues as a result of his work with Kiwanis. A past president of Kiwanis International, Dr. Blechman was instrumental in developing the organization's ongoing worldwide program, "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on children from before birth through age 5. In 2009, he was made an honorary member of the Florida Pediatric Society and is listed in Marquis "Who's Who® in America." In addition, Dr. Blechman is very interested in recent research on brain development in the preschool child, and is part of a Florida team that speaks to this issue.

  • H.U.G. Your Baby — Birth to One: Kimberly Severson, director of B.E.T.A. of Titusville, Inc., will share knowledge from her varied fields of expertise. She is certified as a "H.U.G. Your Baby" instructor, child passenger safety technician, lactation counselor, labor doula, childbirth educator and teen educator. Kim is the mother of four sons.

  • Car Seat Installation: Expert Gayle Whitworth, a certified child safety instructor, will share car seat safety issues, including proper selection, how to check that your baby's car seat is properly installed, and where to take classes on infant car seat safety. Whitworth has been with the University of Florida Brevard County Extension service for 17 years.

  • Nutrition for Your Baby: Beth Shepherd has been a nutritionist with the Brevard County University of Florida Extension service for the past 14 years. Beth has her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Development plus Food and Nutrition from Carson Newman University, Tenn., and Master of Arts in Public Administration from University of Central Florida.
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:

  • Aged 50 years or older and have diabetes?
  • Aged 50 years or older and a former or current smoker?
  • Aged 65 years or older?
  Do you have one or more PAD symptoms?
  • Fatigue, heaviness, tiredness or cramping in your leg muscles (calf, thigh or buttocks) that occurs during activity, such as walking, and goes away when you stop and rest.
  • Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep
  • Skin wound or ulcers on your feet that are slow to heal (or that do not heal for 8-12 weeks)
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!


Annual Gift of Light Holiday Celebration at Parrish Medical Center

Holiday cheer and fun for the whole family

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (November 20, 2012)—Parrish Medical Center, located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, is once again hosting its annual Gift of Light holiday celebration on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Photos with Santa will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside the hospital. Families can enter through PMC's south courtyard entrance (first 250 families).

Everyone is welcome. You, your family and friends will experience a truly spectacular holiday gathering filled with good friends, good tidings and more. The tree lighting ceremony of the 50-foot holiday tree, courtesy of the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Gift of Light events will include a guest emcee from WFTV; performances by The Mistletones; strolling carolers; kids crafts, games and prizes; and refreshments for sale

You'll also have the opportunity to bid on beautiful holiday wreaths, decorated and donated by Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce business members and PMC care partners. Proceeds will benefit Jess Parrish Medical Foundation programs.

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

Gift of Light

Celebrate The Gift of Light with Parrish Medical Center

Experience a truly spectacular holiday gathering filled with good friends, good tidings and much more. This free public event is held on the first Sunday of every December at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Fla.

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

GIFT OF LIGHT - FREE Community Event
Sunday, December 2, 2012
4 to 6:30 p.m.

Parrish Medical Center
951 N. Washington Avenue - Titusville
Sponsored by Jess Parrish Medical Foundation

You and your family will experience a truly spectacular holiday gathering filled with good friends, good tidings and much more. Everyone is welcome. Come early for photos with Santa.

A very special 50-foot holiday tree, courtesy of the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, will be lit.

  • Performances by "The Mistletones"
  • Guest Emcee from WFTV
  • Kids Crafts
  • Photos with Santa (First 250 Families)
  • Games, Prizes & Refreshments for Sale
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.

GrayRobinson, P.A. to be presenting sponsor of
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's
"A Night of Haunted Elegance" Benefit Gala on October 26

Limited sponsorship opportunities still available

TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 10, 2012 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. as the presenting sponsor for this year's "A Night of Haunted Elegance" Benefit Gala on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 8:00 pm to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit The Children's Center and cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center. "Our law firm has been built by giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In this case The Children's Center is an amazing asset for the vulnerable children of our Central Florida community and especially for the Space Coast. The Parrish Medical Center cancer program also provides much needed cancer care and services for the citizens of North Brevard county and Central Florida. It is our privilege to be able to give back in this way," said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A.

Guests attending this year's costume ball will experience a night full of spooks and surprises, and those dressed in a formal costume will have a chance to win $1,000 in the costume contest. While guests are indulging in delicious delights, they will also experience a ghostly waltz from Titusville's Downtown Dance Studio and the mysterious magic of Todd Bogue.

Event co-chairs, Kelley Broome and Lisa Mathews, agree that "The 'La Cita Legend' sets the tone for this year's gala." The legend is told of a plantation property in Titusville, Florida that is passed down through family generations and ends in the hands of the last heir, a woman. The mistress of the mansion always flaunted her good fortune, throwing lavish parties, until the entire family and staff suffer a mysterious death. Now, she refuses to accept her fate to cross to the other side, so she continues to host elaborate parties night after night and keeps her staff trapped in this world. This night, October 26, guests are invited to her All Hallow's Eve gala where one guest will break the mistress' spell and free the staff forever.

The underwriting committee has secured sponsorships from numerous other community members and organizations. As a "Temptation" level sponsor, Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village has graciously donated an 18k criss cross black and white diamond fashion ring valued at $5,000. Guests who treat themselves to the "Spell Breaker," a signature bubbling cocktail, will have a chance to win the spectacular diamond ring.

"I've been a sponsor for the past three years and each year the event surpasses my expectations. I had no doubt that I wanted to be a sponsor again this year. I'm looking forward to this exciting event that will benefit so many people in our community," said Jon Miller of Jon's Fine Jewelry.

Other sponsors at the time of this release include: "Desire" sponsors, Bill and Ashley Byrne/Edward Jones and the Titusville Ladies Club; "Temptation" sponsors, Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association, Boggs Gases, Dr. Greg and Lori Gullikson, and N. Christine Sylvester; and "Illusion" sponsors, La Cita Golf and Country Club, Morgan Stanley, Team Health Anesthesia and Parrish Anesthesia Specialists, and Wells Fargo. Invaluable media sponsors include: Brevard Business News, FLORIDA TODAY and SCB Marketing. Promotional photography donated by photoARTworks.us. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the ball.

"We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, many of which continue to support us year after year. The sponsors will help make a real difference in the lives of countless children and cancer patients who will directly benefit from this year's gala," said Richard Boggs, immediate past chairman, JPMF board of directors, and underwriting chairman of the gala committee.

Event co-chairs are Chris and Kelley Broome, and Dr. Biju and Lisa Mathews. Other committee members are Richard Boggs, Ashley Byrne, Tara Edginton, Betty Greene, Lisa McAlpine, Ali Miller, Katherine Musick, Barbara Terhune, Misty Wilson and Holly Woolsey. The event design and production is being done by Christina Brown of Stina Bee Marketing and Events.

General admission tickets to the ball 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.

Hope Floats

Join Parrish Medical Center and special guest Jenn Gibbons for a message of hope for breast cancer prevention and recovery

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (October 3, 2012)--Jenn Gibbons, founder of Recovery on Water (ROW), will present her message of hope on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Emma Parrish Theater, 301 Julia Street, Titusville, Florida.

Gibbons will share her message of hope, and the story of her 1,500-mile rowing trip around Lake Michigan. You'll also learn how important exercise is in the fight against breast cancer, and how it can reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

It's been proven that breast cancer survivors who exercise reduce their risk of recurrence by 50 percent. ROW is a rowing team that gives breast cancer survivors the opportunity to interact, become active in their recovery, and gain support from fellow survivors.

Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit North Brevard cancer prevention and recovery programs.
RSVP to 321-268-6755 to join us for this evening of inspiration, sponsored by Parrish Medical Center.

The Children's Center Recognizes National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Titusville, Fla.—In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, The Children's Center is holding a countywide CATCH Early Childhood Kick-Off on Friday, September 21, 2012.

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Early Childhood (EC) is a preschool evidence-based healthy nutrition and physical activity program, developed by the University of Texas. This program directly addresses the childhood obesity epidemic by providing an environment where physical activity, health education, gardening and healthy eating behaviors are valued and taught. It employs a holistic approach to child health by targeting multiple aspects of the preschool community, involving teachers, children and parents in a wide range of health-promoting activities. While playing and having fun, 3- to 5-year-old children are building a solid foundation for healthy living. The CATCH EC kick-off will include approximately 400 children throughout Brevard County, demonstrating a parachute physical activity component of the CATCH Early Childhood program.

"The growing rate of childhood obesity in our country is alarming," said Lori Duester, manager of The Children's Center. "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and CATCH Early Childhood recognizes the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America's children and the importance of decreasing its prevalence, not only in Brevard County, but across the United States."

The Children's Center, an affiliate of Parrish Medical Center, receives funding and partners with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation through its Embrace a Healthy Florida initiative. An evidence-based, multisector, community-based initiative located across Florida, the Embrace initiative is designed to use community engagement to make long-term changes in childhood and family health. The Children's Center received Embrace funding in March 2012 to address and prevent childhood obesity in the community.

"We are proud to recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with The Children's Center," said Susan Towler, vice president of the BCBSF Foundation. "It calls attention to this national epidemic and The Children's Center's work to build a healthier future for Brevard County children."

If you are an early childhood program director or teacher and interested in promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors in young children, contact Kathy Simonsen at 321-264-0855 or Kathy.Simonsen@parrishmed.com to learn more about how to bring the CATCH Early Childhood program to your school.

Brevard County Chaplains' Day

Offering Spiritual Support in Unique Communities

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 7, 2012) — The Brevard County Chaplains' Day will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796. This workshop is free, including course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and door prizes.

This 4th annual Brevard County Chaplains Day is a joint effort with Health First's Department of Pastoral Care, VNA Hospice Pastoral Care and Parrish Medical Center. The workshop is sponsored by Glenbrooke at Palm Bay, SETA, Ammen Family Funeral Homes and North Brevard Funeral Home.

Chaplains will learn how to offer spiritual support in unique communities, such as veteran transitions, aging, substance abuse, domestic violence, diversity, and community care.

Chaplains serving in any capacity in Brevard County and surrounding counties are invited to attend, including those in law enforcement, fire, crisis response teams, military, port, jail/prisons, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, assisted living sites, or schools. Full-time, part-time, volunteer, active and/or retired persons are welcome.

Among other things, the program will help participants learn to understand issues of returning soldiers and identify effective interventions and community resources. They will learn to identify components of "compassionate fatigue" and methods to prevent it, how to recognize signs of dementia, identify needs of caregivers, as well as local and national resources. They will also learn to understand the scope of domestic violence and learn to identify ways to address it, including avenues of partnership with existing community agencies.

For additional information or to register, please contact Janet McCarthy at Parrish Medical Center via email at Janet.McCarthy@parrishmed.com, or by calling 321-268-6111, ext 2264. The registration deadline if Friday October 12, 2012.

3-Mile Challenge Unites Fitness Enthusiasts for Community Support

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 7, 2012) — The 4th annual 3-Mile Challenge, to be held on Saturday, October 6, begins at 8 a.m. at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway. Day-of-race registration begins at 7 a.m.

The race represents an ongoing, friendly challenge between Parrish Health & Fitness Center and the Titusville YMCA. In addition to awards for age groups, male and female and top finishers, the coveted Challenge Award goes to the fitness center with the most registered runners. Membership is not required to represent a team. All proceeds are donated to the Y's Annual Community Support Campaign.

The race route will take runners from Parrish Health & Fitness Center to the Titusville YMCA, 2400 Harrison Street. Registration forms are available at either facility, or at parrishhealthandfitness.com, or ymcacentralflorida.com/y-locations/titusville.

Parrish Medical Center Offers Adult Classes and Activities

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (August 22, 2012) — Parrish Medical Center offers a number of different educational opportunities and activities for adults throughout the year. See individual items for dates, times, location and contact information.

DIABETES EDUCATION

Diabetes Group Class—All-day program for comprehensive knowledge of diabetes management
When: Mondays, September 10 and 17, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most private insurances
Call: 321-268-6699 for more information and to register

Diabetes Survival Skills
Three-hour group class, overview of diabetes self-management skills
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Diabetes Education Department (603 N. Washington Ave.) or Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most private insurances
Call: 321-268-6699 for complete information, times and to register

FITNESS EDUCATION

Exercise, Nutrition, Wellness classes
Free monthly events offered on a variety of fitness and wellness topics
Where: Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Hwy. 50, Titusville
Call: 321-268-6200, ext. 8607, for information and free one-week trial pass

GENERAL INTEREST CLASSES

Cancer Education Seminars When: September 18, October 2, November 6, and December 18
CEUs: 1 nursing contact hour; $10 charge for non-PMC nurses who request contact hour
Call: 321-268-6111, ext. 3544

Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness Programs
Where: Parrish Health & Fitness Center Conference Rooms, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, FL 32780
Call: 321-268-6729 for more information

Caregiver Academy
"Knowledge is Power" and the goal is to empower the caregiver with different topics presented each month by community experts.
When: Second Thursday each month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Heritage Hall, Parrish Health Village West
Call: Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800 for more information or a list of monthly topics; no registration needed

Food for Life: Explore nutrition and cooking tips that have shown to help with the prevention of cancer and other chronic conditions. Delicious samples will be served.
When: Tuesdays, September 11 through October 2, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Parrish Health and Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville, FL 32780
Call: 321-268-6200 for more information and to register

Grocery Store Tour presented by Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness
When: First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 am to Noon
Where: Publix on Garden Street
Call: 321-268-6726 for more information and to RSVP (space is limited)

Living Healthy: Free six-week workshop for those living with a chronic condition, like diabetes, heart failure, asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.
Offered on various dates at PMC and throughout our community
Call: 321-268-6596 for detailed workshop information and to register.

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

TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 26, 2012—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 17, 2012. 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.

Parrish Medical Center Living Healthy Workshops Begin in August Learn to better deal with your chronic condition to live a healthier life

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 2, 2012—Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Living Healthy is a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions. Caregivers and loved ones are also invited to attend. Workshops are offered in communities worldwide to improve health and reduce hospitalizations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) offers Living Healthy workshops at no cost. Three workshops are scheduled for this fall, the first beginning in August

  • Tuesdays, August 14 to September 18, 12:30–3:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, September 21 to October 26, 9:30 am–noon
  • Tuesdays, October 9 to November 13, 9:30 am–noon
Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their health. The workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealthcare professionals who themselves have a chronic health condition. Subjects covered will include:
  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  3. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  4. Nutrition, problem solving and creating personal action plans.
PMC has received very encouraging feedback from participants who have attended the workshop, such as "the best class I have ever taken"; "by attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly, and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the members of this workshop have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

Take charge of your life and register now. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Hogue@parrishmed.com. Most workshops will be held at Heritage Hall, located at Parrish Health Village West at the corner of Washington Ave. and Jess Parrish Court. PMC is located at 951 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awards 19 scholarships

TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 15, 2012—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $17,000 in scholarships to 19 high school and college students for the 2012–2013 school year. Recipients live in the North Brevard County Hospital District and are pursuing a career in a health-related field. JPMF has been awarding scholarships to deserving students since 1990.

This year's scholarship winners were: Taylor Burnsed, Katherine Ivey, Linda Ostrowsky, Sarah Oswald, Kristina Springer and Megan Witcher – Astronaut High School; Mariah Jackson and Megan Le – Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School; Hsin "Betty" Yeh – Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School; Emily Catizone and Corbin Wratchford – Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Amanda Cox, Quinlann David, Joseph Dean and Eric Gullikson – Titusville High School; Edith Bracho-Sanchez – New York University School of Medicine; Alexandra Parrish and Steven Raymond – University of Florida; and Reanne Graves – University of South Florida.

The JPMF scholarship committee is chaired by Bill Terry, who has been a volunteer at Parrish Medical Center (PMC) since 1994. Mr. Terry has accumulated more than 25,000 hours of volunteer service at PMC and has been on the JPMF Board of Directors since 2007. Other committee members are Santi Bulnes, Dot Hudson, Ron Norris, Howard Rinker, DDS, Barbara Terhune and John Weaver. "The scholarship committee takes their task of evaluating the applicants very seriously. It is with great pleasure we are able to award such deserving students these scholarships," said Terry.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation offers Doctors' Day recognition program

TITUSVILLE, FLA, March 16, 2012—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) is offering the community a special opportunity to participate in Parrish Medical Center's (PMC) vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities by honoring a PMC physician.

First held on March 30, 1933, National Doctors' Day is the perfect occasion to honor a PMC physician by making a gift to JPMF and writing a personal note of thanks to him or her. Appreciation notes will be personally delivered to physicians. Gift amounts will not be disclosed.

Proceeds will benefit the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2007 by Douglas Foster in loving memory of his late wife, Karla Foster, RN, who had been a registered nurse at PMC for more than 22 years prior to her death in a tragic accident. Every year the scholarship is awarded to a deserving student to pursue his or her dream of becoming a nurse.

Brochures about this recognition program may be obtained by calling JPMF at 321-269-4066. Each brochure contains blank appreciation notes to complete for the physician and a remittance envelope. Or you may send your appreciation note and monetary gift directly to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to P.O. Box 2969, Titusville, FL 32781-2969.

Local sorority donates handmade items to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for Parrish Medical Center's pediatric and cancer patients

  TITUSVILLE, FLA, February 20, 2012—Local sorority, Xi Lambda Lambda, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter at the Great Outdoors in Titusville, presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with crocheted hats for cancer patients and handmade teddy bears for pediatric patients at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

"Our chapter is focused on philanthropy and everything we do stays in Brevard County," said Maxine Slager, sorority service chairwoman.

"After touring the hospital and the newly renovated Cancer Care Boutique on the fifth floor, our sorority sisters wanted to do something special for the children and cancer patients," said Jeanine Bieberich, sorority vice president.

Linda Utz, sorority president, personally crocheted 50 hats for PMC's cancer patients. Other sorority members sewed 40 teddy bears for children who go to the emergency room or are admitted to the pediatric unit.

Slager and Bieberich presented the hats and bears to Marsha Richardson, PMC oncology program coordinator and breast health navigator; Joann Chapman, PMC third floor nurse manager; Allison Morgan, PMC emergency department secretary; and Adriane Graham, PMC emergency department registered nurse.

"The hats are a wonderful addition to our Cancer Care Boutique, which provides cancer patients with the resources to help them adjust to the social and psychological effects of cancer in a pampering environment. We are very thankful for this heartfelt donation," said Richardson.

Chapman said, "We really appreciate the time this sorority took to make the teddy bears, which will be so comforting to the children who are admitted to our pediatric unit."

For more information about the Cancer Care Boutique or the other resources available at PMC, contact 321-268-6111.

Parrish Medical Center to join VHA Inc. Hospital Engagement Network in Historic Collaboration

Partnership for Patients initiative aims to reduce preventable conditions, improve care

TITUSVILLE, FL (February 10, 2012) – Parrish Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has agreed to participate in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) led by VHA Inc., the national health care network.

As part of its Partnership for Patients initiative, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) named 26 Hospital Engagement Networks to comprise a nationwide public-private collaboration focused on reducing preventable harm by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent in the next three years. CMS/CMMI will fund the Hospital Engagement Networks with $218 million available under the Affordable Care Act.

"We want to do everything possible to ensure that all our patients continue to receive the very best hospital care and the very best outcomes possible," said Edwin Loftin, vice president of nursing at Parrish Medical Center. "Our participation in this Hospital Engagement Network is one way we can be confident that we will improve patient safety, achieve those objectives and provide the highest quality care."

By participating in VHA's Hospital Engagement Network, Parrish Medical Center joins hundreds of other hospitals around the country that will leverage VHA's industry-leading clinical quality improvement tools, including the Leading Practice Portal, Leading Practice Blueprints, proprietary Rapid Adoption Networks and demonstrated expertise in creating and supporting peer-to-peer learning networks.

Hospitals today need to improve quality and patient safety or face the risk of incurring financial penalties imposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Achieving the objectives of the Partnership for Patients would save more than 60,000 lives annually, decrease hospital injuries by 1.8 million and allow more than 1.6 million patients to recover from illness without suffering from preventable complications requiring re-hospitalization.

Loftin said Parrish Medical Center began working with VHA in January to develop the timetable and other requirements of the work needed to address the patient safety domains on which they will focus. Next, VHA will utilize its Rapid Adoption Networks (RAN), the company's proprietary framework to help address the most pressing needs—in this case, reducing hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions—and provide Parrish Medical Center the skills to rapidly realize practice changes within their organization. This step-by-step methodology focuses on identifying and understanding specific obstacles to achieving improvements, as well as how to surmount them.

"For nearly 35 years, VHA has successfully designed, developed and implemented many clinical improvement collaboratives," said Colleen Risk, VHA's executive vice president, member networks. "Our participation in the Partnership for Patients initiative allows the company to put this expertise to critical use as it works, industry-wide, to achieve the Partnership's ambitious safety objectives."

Said Loftin, "We look forward to participating with VHA in this historic initiative and appreciate the leadership and support from CMS and CMMI to help hospitals nationwide continually improve the care we give our patients."

Parrish Medical Center Offers Support Groups and
Classes for New Parents, Children and Families

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 17, 2012)—Parrish Medical Center offers a number of health and wellness classes throughout the month. Please contact the individual numbers listed for more information.

Diabetes Group Class
All-day program for comprehensive knowledge of diabetes management; Mondays. Call 321-268-6699 for more information and to register. Covered by Medicare and most private insurances.

Diabetes Survival Skills
Three-hour group class: overview of diabetes self-management skills.
Held at Parrish Medical Center Diabetes Education Department, 603 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, and Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway.
Call 321-268-6699 for complete information, times and to register; covered by Medicare and most private insurances.

Exercise, Nutrition, Wellness classes
Free monthly events offered on a variety of fitness and wellness topics at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Hwy. 50, Titusville. Call 321-268-6200, ext. 8607, Wellness Coordinator Tia Amaya, or email tia.amaya@parrishmed.com for information and free one-week trial pass.

Living Healthy: Free six-week workshop for those living with a chronic condition, like diabetes, heart failure, asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. Call 321-268-6596 for detailed workshop information, and to register.

The Children's Center Offers Classes and Support Groups for Parents and Children

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 17, 2012)—The Children's Center, located at 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, is an affiliate of Parrish Medical Center. It 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 Children's Center Activities
Contact Kathy Simonsen at 264-0855 for details or e-mail kathy.simonsen@parrishmed.com
5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville 32780

  • Mom's Morning Out: Ages 2–3
    Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
    $160 per month (snack provided)
  • Playgroup Pals for ages 1–3
    Wednesday mornings; event time varies
    $40 per month or $100 per quarter session
  • MAK Gathering (Mothers and Kids) Support Group–Birth to age 2
    Every Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
    Facilitated by Parrish Medical Center Lactation. Consultant Eileen LoPresti.
    Held at The Children's Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville.
    Call 321-268-6682 or 321-264-0855 for more information.

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation golf tournament raises $14,000

TITUSVILLE, FLA, January 3, 2012—The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) "Golf Classic 2011," held on December 10, 2011 at Sherwood Golf Club in Titusville, raised $14,000. Proceeds benefit the Parrish Early Care and Education (PECE) program at The Children's Center in Titusville. 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.

More than 100 golfers participated in the tournament held on the new greens at Sherwood. "The new greens are in fantastic shape and I think everyone enjoyed playing there," said Kathy Myer, co-chair of the Golf Classic committee and director of women's services at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

The first place men's team was Jason Snodgrass, Tim Fields, Todd Denson, and Eric McDougal. The first place women's team was Jan Henderson, Toni Thigpin, Maureen Legg, and Janet Whittemore. Door prizes for attendees were donated by many local businesses such as Dixie Crossroads, Brevard Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Pumpernickels and many more.

Joann Chapman, manager of the surgical/orthopedic/pediatric unit at PMC, was the lucky winner of the ball drop hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. She was presented with a check for $1,000.

"We'd like to thank all our sponsors, participants and volunteers who helped us exceed our goal and make this event a huge success for the children in our community," said Richard Boggs, chairman of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors.

PMC golf tournament women winners PMC golf tournament men winners
The "JPMF Golf Classic 2011" first place women's team was (L-R): Janet Whittemore, Maureen Legg, Toni Thigpin, and Jan Henderson. The "JPMF Golf Classic 2011" first place men's team was (L-R): Eric MacDougal, Tim Fields, Todd Denson, and Jason Snodgrass.

2012 Living Healthy Workshops at Parrish Medical Center

Make Your New Year's Resolution to better deal with your chronic condition & live a healthier life.

TITUSVILLE, FLA, December 16, 2011—Do you need help dealing with a chronic condition? Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

Parrish Medical Center offers Living Healthy workshops, a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions, at no cost. Three workshops are scheduled to begin in the New Year. Caregivers and loved ones are also invited to attend.

  • Friday, January 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Fridays through February 17 at the Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville.
  • The second workshop begins Tuesday, February 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through March 13 at Parrish Medical Center, 951 North Washington Avenue, Titusville.
  • The third workshop begins Friday, February 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Fridays through March 30 at the Parrish Health and Fitness Center.
Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their health. The workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealthcare professionals who themselves have a chronic health condition. Subjects covered will include:
  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  3. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  4. Nutrition, problem solving and creating personal action plans.
Parrish Medical Center has received positive feedback from participants who have attended the workshop, such as "The best class I have ever taken"; "By attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly, and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the members of this workshop have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

Take charge of your life and register now. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Hogue@parrishmed.com.

Gift of Light celebration at Parrish Medical Center

Gift of Light

Free Community Event
Sunday, December 4, 2011
4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Come early for photos with Santa beginning at 3:00p.m.

You and your family will experience a truly spectacular holiday gathering filled with good friends, good tidings. and much more. Everyone is welcome. A very special 50-foot holiday tree courtesy of the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, will be lit.

  • Guest Emcee from WFTV
  • Performances by "The Mistletones"
  • Kids Crafts
  • Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus (First 250 Families)
  • Games, Prizes & Refreshments for Sale
  • Community Performers
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.
  • Click for PRINT & SHARE flyer
  • HEALTH VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE PHASE I: West end of the Parrish Health Village (Completion – Fall 2011). The houses will include a Philanthropy House for sharing a piece of history and philanthropy, Carey's Guest House by Sodexo for overnight stays, and Heritage Hall for educational and community events.

    Space Coast Medical Specialists Move to New Offices

    Ribbon Cutting & Community Open House

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (November 2, 2011)—The community is invited to a ribbon cutting and open house at the new offices of Space Coast Medical Specialists on Thursday, November 10, 4 pm to 6 pm, at 702 Country Club Drive, Titusville. The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an official ribbon cutting at 4 pm, with an open house immediately afterwards. Come and meet the staff and tour the new offices. Light refreshments will be served. Space Coast Medical Specialists include:

    • Christopher DiBello, MD, Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Internal Medicine
    • Maria Solina Oconer, MD, Internal Medicine
    • Rose Hitson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner
    For more information, contact Tara Brock at 321-268-1995.
    All About You check presentation
    (L-R) Richard Boggs, chairman of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation board of directors, and Marsha Richardson, PMC oncology program coordinator and breast health navigator, is presented with a check for $4,617 by "All About You" Event Co-Chairs Linda Fliss and Katherine Musick. The money raised at the fifth annual "All About You" event is earmarked for the breast health program at Parrish Medical Center.

    "All About You" event raises $4,600 for
    Breast Health Program at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 27, 2011—The fifth annual "All About You" event, held at La Cita Country Club on October 8, 2011, was attended by more than 200 women, who enjoyed a day of festivities especially for women. The day included food, holiday shopping, a 50/50 raffle and a chance to bid on high-end gift baskets.

    Event Chair Linda Fliss and Katherine Musick, of La Cita Country Club, presented a check for $4,617 to Marsha Richardson, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) oncology program coordinator and breast health navigator, and Richard Boggs, chairman of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation board of directors. Proceeds will benefit the PMC Breast Health Program by providing mammograms to approximately 50 uninsured or underinsured women.

    According to the American Cancer Society, 230,480 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Numerous studies have shown that early detection saves lives and increases treatment options.

    "Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread", said Marsha Richardson. In 2009, the "All About You" event provided financial assistance to 48 women and those who were diagnosed with breast cancer contribute their early stage diagnosis and good prognosis to receiving the assistance they needed.

    "As a three time breast cancer survivor," said Linda Fliss, "I want to make sure that women do their regular self examinations and have their screening mammograms. Through our efforts and the annual "All About You" events, I know we have helped save lives."

    "We are so thankful to Linda for once again choosing the PMC program to receive these funds," said Richard Boggs.

    Bid by proxy or in person for "Bucket List Adventures" at
    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's
    Hollywood Nights & Bollywood Dreams Benefit Ball on October 28

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 20, 2011 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) announced auction items for the Hollywood Nights & Bollywood Dreams Benefit Ball on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 8:00 pm to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville.

    The event will be reminiscent of old Hollywood where guests will walk down the Hall of Fame and then cross over into the magical world of Bollywood with high energy music, brilliant colors and alluring entertainment.

    This year's auction items follow the Hollywood theme with "bucket list" adventure trips based on famous movies, such as: Interview with a Vampire: trip to New Orleans to include cooking classes in the French Quarter; Sex in the City: ladies' trip to New York City with a personal shopper and drinks at locations where movie scenes were filmed; Secretariat: trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby with a VIP party and race; JAWS!: trip to Martha's Vineyard for incredible shopping, fine dining and sailing excursion; Close Encounters: trip to Sante Fe, New Mexico for a luxurious spa getaway, balloon trip, and visit to the pueblos. The dream trip to be auctioned is a four-night Hollywood trip that includes two impossible-to-get tickets to the 2012 Emmy Awards, complete with VIP limo service!

    And finally, for those who are captivated by the British Isles, there is a once-in-a-lifetime week-long trip to London, Oxford and Scotland for a behind the scenes look at the spectacular places where The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was filmed countryside. All trips include airfare and deluxe accommodations for two, plus many extras.

    Other fantastic auction items include an authentic piece of art signed by John Wayne, as well as autographed photographic art from Twilight, the original Rat Pack, and sports legend Payne Stewart.

    JPMF will take bids by proxy for all auction items until Thursday, October 27. To place a bid, call JPMF at 321-269-4066. Bids will be kept private.

    Proceeds from the ball will benefit the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions prevalent in Brevard County. General admission tickets to the ball may be purchased for $100 per person. Additional sponsorships are available starting at $350. Space is limited. Call JPMF for more information.

    Share Your Wares Holiday Fair at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL (October 11, 2011)— Join us in Parrish Medical Center's Conference Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, for the annual Share Your Wares Fair on Friday, October 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

    A variety of items will be for sale—many of them handcrafted or home business items. What a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping!

    Come and see the Christmas decorations, cookie jars/cook books, jewelry, ladies accessories, Pampered Chef, Partylite candles, pottery, scenty candles/purses, scrubs & equipment, Silpada silver jewelry, Stamp It Up, stuffed bears, Swarovski jewelry, tote bags, towels, Vialysis Protein Shakes...and MORE!

    If you have a home business and would like to be included in the fair the cost is

  • $30 per table ($10 nonrefundable deposit per table) or
  • $50 per table for nonemployees ($10 nonrefundable deposit per table)
  • Please contact either Beth Daniels at 268-6333, ext. 7509, or Leslie Marquez at 268-6333, ext. 6164 if you have any questions or would like to have a table at the fair.

    All proceeds from the fair will go directly to PMC's United Way Employee Campaign.

    Vanessa Holanda
    2011 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Award winner Vanessa Holanda (second from left) is shown with (L-R) Ryan Hieronymus, PMC registration manager, Holly Woolsey, senior philanthropy officer at Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, Teri McMillan, PMC lead scheduler, and Edwin Loftin, PMC vice president of nursing.

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

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 16, 2011—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded the 2011 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship of $3,000 to Vanessa Holanda, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) patient registrar/scheduler. 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.

    Holanda is currently enrolled in an associate's degree nursing program at Brevard Community College. "I am very passionate about helping others. I dream of becoming a nurse and this scholarship will help me achieve that dream. I'm so thankful I was chosen as this year's scholarship recipient, said Holanda."

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

    Celebrate National Yoga Month with a Family Yoga Class at Parrish Health & Fitness Center

    The entire family will enjoy this fun way to get fit.

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 6, 2011) To celebrate National Yoga Month in September, Parrish Health & Fitness Center is sponsoring a Family Yoga Session free to the community.

    The Family Yoga class will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50), Titusville. This family class is free to members and nonmembers alike. And the center's enrollment fee will be half off the day of the event.

    Yoga is appropriate for all ages. In this class, stories will be shared as participants transform to amazing animals. Learn, laugh and limber your body as a bird, bear, bug or bee! Unite your mind, breath and heart in this Family Yoga practice.

    Children, parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend together, but adults can attend solo as well. Mats will be provided. Come and see what a yoga bear looks like.

    Call 321-268-6800 for more information.

    Parrish Medical Center to Host Brain Game Challenge

    Event encourages individuals to be proactive about brain health

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 6, 2011)—Individuals of any age will be challenged to take steps towards good brain health when Parrish Medical Center hosts the "Brain Game Challenge" on Thursday, September 29 from 1–4 p.m. in the PMC conference center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Fla. No reservations are required.

    This free event is a collaborative partnership between Parrish Medical Center, Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation (sponsor of Joe's Club), Benton House and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. The partnering agencies are working together to provide the community with information, education, resources and support to those affected by, or caregivers for, loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The Brain Game Challenge is designed for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Attendees can participate in puzzles, logic and memory games. Educational materials on how to make healthier lifestyle choices will also be available.

    "It is never too early or too late to build up good health habits, including brain health," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and chief executive officer. "This event is designed to show that the path to successful aging can be both educational and entertaining."

    AFA developed the Brain Game Challenge around the concept that flexing and stretching your brain, just like flexing and stretching other parts of your body, is critical for a successful aging workout. So much so that experts suggest that people of all ages exercise both their brains and bodies on a daily basis. Research suggests that regular mental workouts may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease or other memory disorders by enhancing cognitive reserve, stimulating growth of new brain cells, and maintaining or strengthening connections between brain cells.

    Currently, Alzheimer's disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, affects as many as 5.1 million Americans. The incidence is expected to increase dramatically in line with the nation's aging population; advanced age is the greatest known risk factor. In Brevard County, 20 percent of the population is over age 65–a higher percentage than any other Florida county or the U.S. in general. Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

    October Openings for Living Healthy Workshops at Parrish Medical Center

    Learn to better deal with your chronic condition to live a healthier life.

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 2011—Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Living Healthy is a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions. Caregivers and loved ones are also invited to attend. Workshops are offered in communities worldwide to improve health and reduce hospitalizations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

    Parrish Medical Center offers Living Healthy workshops at no cost and has two workshops scheduled to begin in October:

    • Tuesday, October 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., each Tuesday through November 8.
    • Wednesday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., each Wednesday through November 9.
    • Both workshops will be held at Parrish Medical Center, 951 North Washington Avenue, Titusville.
    Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their health. The workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealthcare professionals who themselves have a chronic health condition. Subjects covered will include:
    1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
    2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
    3. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
    4. Nutrition, problem solving and creating personal action plans.
    Parrish Medical Center has received very encouraging feedback from participants who have attended the workshop, such as "the best class I have ever taken"; "by attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly, and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the members of this workshop have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

    Take charge of your life and register now. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.


    Infopia USA to be presenting sponsor of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's Hollywood Nights & Bollywood Dreams Benefit Ball on October 28

    Other sponsorship opportunities still available

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 2, 2011 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) announced Infopia USA as the presenting sponsor for this year's Hollywood Nights & Bollywood Dreams Benefit Ball on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 8:00 pm to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville.

    Proceeds from the ball will benefit the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions prevalent in Brevard County. "Infopia's passion is to increase quality of life by providing home monitoring technology for chronic conditions. This was the perfect partnership opportunity for Infopia and why we became a sponsor of this great event," said Bryan Sowards, CEO of Infopia USA.

    The underwriting committee has secured sponsorships from numerous other community members and organizations. As a "Star of the Silver Screen" sponsor, Jon's Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village has graciously donated 3-carat diamond inside out hoop earrings valued at $5,000. Guests who treat themselves to a "Signature Hollywood Experience"—vodka, caviar & cupcakes—will have a chance to win the spectacular diamond earrings.

    "Last year's gala was one of the best events I've ever attended, so it was without question that I wanted to be a sponsor again this year. I'm looking forward to this exciting event that will benefit so many people in our community," said Jon Miller of Jon's Fine Jewelry.

    Other sponsors at the time of this release include: "Star of the Silver Screen" sponsors, Atlantic Business Systems and Dr. Frank and Marilyn Dienst; "Critics' Choice" sponsors, Anesthetix of TEAMHealth & Parrish Anesthesia Specialists, Johnson Controls, Inc. and Nave Event Design by Rachel Hobgood; and "Walk of Fame" sponsors, Burkett Advertising Associates, Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law, Karl Thorne Trucking and Land Clearing, Inc., Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A., photoARTworks, Vance, Lotane & Bookhardt, P.A., and Vintage Selections. Invaluable media sponsors include: Brevard Business News, FLORIDA TODAY and SCB Marketing. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the ball.

    "We are so pleased that many of our sponsors continue to support us year after year; they will all be helping our community members have healthier lives," said Richard Boggs, chairman, JPMF board of directors.

    General admission tickets to the ball may be purchased for $100 per person. Additional sponsorships are available starting at $350. Space is limited. For more information, call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or email foundation@parrishmed.com.

    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation receives Boeing grant for The Children's Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 1, 2011—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation announced a $5,000 grant received from the Boeing Employees Community Fund for the Parrish Early Care and Education (PECE) program at The Children's Center in Titusville. The grant will provide nearly 1,000 hours of service to special needs and typically developing children.

    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. PECE offers a continuum of care including a support group for new mothers, part-time and full-time preschool and child care, and respite care. The Children's Center, serving more than 2,500 children annually, has six non-profit partner agencies on site to assist children with physical, occupational and speech therapy, and one-on-one behavior services. The center also offers parent support programs, birthday parties and much more.

    "This grant will allow us to focus on teaching and helping children rather than raising funds to support programs. We're grateful the Boeing Employees Community Fund recognized the need in our community and are providing us with this grant," said Debby Settle, The Children's Center program manager.

    "The Children's Center provides an essential service to the community; offering the only child care service, of this kind, in North Brevard. The professional, yet nurturing, environment is positively reflected in each and every one of the kids. The Boeing Employees Community Fund is honored to be a part of their community," said Janet Rawlins, project manager of The Boeing Company.

    For more information about The Children's Center, contact 321-264-0855.

    Living Healthy Workshops at Parrish Medical Center

    For people living with a chronic health condition

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 25, 2011—Are you or a loved one living with a chronic health condition? If so, you will want to learn more about the Living Healthy Workshop.

    A six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Living Healthy is based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

    These workshops are offered in communities worldwide to improve health and reduce hospitalizations. Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to bring this proven program to North Brevard. There is no cost to attend.

    Participants will learn from others who themselves have a chronic health condition. Participants will also learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their chronic condition, such as:

    1. Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
    2. Appropriate nutrition and exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance.
    3. Effective communication techniques with family, friends and health professionals.
    4. Creating a personal action plan.
    PMC has received excellent feedback from participants who have attended the workshop, such as: "The best class I have ever taken"; "By attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the members of this workshop have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

    For information about the next scheduled workshop, contact education coordinator Jenny Evans at 321-268-6596, or email at jenny.evans@parrishmed.com. Workshops are held at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. Space is limited and an RSVP is required.

    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation receives major gift from Sodexo

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 22, 2011 — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) announced a $100,000 gift from Sodexo Health Care for the expansion of the Sodexo Room at Parrish Medical Center (PMC). The gift will fund the addition of a recognition gallery.

    Earlier this year, JPMF announced a $350,000 gift from Sodexo to fund "Carey's Guest House", which will provide lodging/overnight stays for visitors with a hospitalized family member who wish to stay close to PMC. The new commitment makes Sodexo's total gifts and pledges more than $750,000.

    "The new Sodexo Hospitality Room and Recognition Gallery will continue our mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time®. The area will be more than a place to recognize benefactors; it will focus on the generosity of our community and allow us to tell stories of healing," said George Mikitarian, PMC's president/CEO.

    "Sodexo is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for customers, clients and communities, which is in line with PMC's vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®. This will be a natural extension of our healing hospitality within PMC," said Bob Bucciarelli, senior vice president of Sodexo's Hospital Division.

    "Because of Sodexo's commitment to PMC and JPMF, we will be able to provide our benefactors the recognition they deserve for their outstanding generosity. We hope visitors will be drawn to learn more about us and be inspired to get involved in our healing mission and vision," said Laurie Smirl, executive director of JPMF.

    For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, contact 321-269-4066.

    About Sodexo
    Sodexo in North America
    Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

    Sodexo Health Care Services Sodexo Health Care Services provides essential food and facilities services to hospitals across the country. Healing is more than treating a disease, an illness, or a condition. It means caring for someone's complete physical and emotional well-being. It means supporting guests, doctors, nurses, and non-clinical staff to enhance the healing process. Every day, through the essential food and facility services that we provide, Sodexo Health Care Services helps hospitals nurture a healing environment. That's our promise - to implement programs, systems, and procedures that free a hospital's staff to stay focused on its highest priority: treating patients.

    A Matter of Balance Workshop at Parrish Medical Center

    Learn to reduce your fall risk through exercises to increase strength and balance.

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 28, 2011—A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have this concern. A Matter of Balance is based upon research conducted by the Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.

    One out of three adults age 65 and older fall each year. Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility, muscle strength and balance, which in turn increases their actual risk of falling. It can also compromise social interaction and increase the risk for isolation, depression, and anxiety. A large number of falls are preventable. A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling and emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce fears. Participants learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable and set realistic goals for increasing activity. Participants also learn ways to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Participants who complete the workshop have increased exercise, social activity, and confidence that they can manage their fall risk.

    This program is currently offered at no cost through a grant from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. PMC has two workshops scheduled. The first workshop begins Thursday, August 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will continue each Thursday through September 22 at The Children's Center, 5650 South US1, Titusville. The second workshop begins Friday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will continue each Friday through November 18 at Parrish's Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville. As funds are available, Parrish Medical Center will continue to offer Matter of Balance workshops throughout the community at churches, senior centers, assisted living facilities and community centers.

    "We have chosen to bring this evidence-based program to our community because we have a higher population of seniors across Brevard County and in Florida. We want to empower people to be active managers of their health and learn strategies to reduce their risk of falling," says Lori Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village program development.

    For more information or to register for A Matter of Balance workshop, contact Jenny Evans at 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.


    Parrish Medical Center employee giving campaign benefits children

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 14, 2011— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) employees raised more than $125,000 in their fourth annual employee giving campaign that concluded in June. Cochaired by Ryan Hieronymus, Sheryl Shelley, and Rev. Dr. Jerald Smith, the Parrish employee Circle of Giving committee rallied employees and selected a signature project that would further PMC's mission of providing healing experiences for everyone all the time®. The campaign supported the renovation and expansion of The Children's Center (TCC) playground, as well as other foundation projects designated by employees.

    When The Children's Center, a service of PMC and one-stop childhood development resource center, opened in 2000, the wheelchair accessible playground was constructed for both special needs and typically developing preschool children ages 2–5. At that time approximately 250 children and their families were served by TCC. Now TCC serves well over 2,500 children annually through the programs offered, including toddler classes for children ages 1–2. The playground is directly related to childhood success as it provides optimum space for therapeutic play and child directed play that is essential to the growth and development in each child. With the increase in the number of children utilizing the playground over the years and the fact that the playground is over 10 years old, renovation and expansion was desperately needed. The new playground will ensure a safe and healthy early childhood development environment accessible to all children, regardless of ability.

    Bill Moore, PMC chief information officer and executive sponsor of the Circle of Giving committee, said, "Our employees' generosity is amazing. I'm very proud of the committee and all of our employees who are committed to our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®."

    The Circle of Giving committee is an extension of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. For more information about The Children's Center, call 321-264-0855 or visit parrishchildrenscenter.com.

    PMC employee giving campaign benefits children.
    Parrish Medical Center Circle of Giving committee members (L-R): Sheryl Shelley, cochair;
    Misty Wilson, liaison for the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation; Sharon Griffis; Ryan Hieronymus, cochair;
    Rev. Dr. Jerald Smith, cochair; and Bill Moore, executive sponsor. Committee members not shown are
    Mindy Bachmaier, Kathie Coon, Paul Fender, Tommi Middleton, Peggy Niehoff, Nancy Rhinelander,
    Edie Stiner, Wendy Warner and Jim Wolford.

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

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 6, 2011—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. 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 at the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. For more information about applying, please contact the PMC Human Resources department at 321-268-6155. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

    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. The JPMF office is located at 213 Broad Street, Titusville, FL 32796.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives $15,000 Grant
    from the McKesson Foundation for the
    Parrish Medical Center Diabetes Education Program

    Money will be used to continue Insulin Voucher Program for those in need of temporary aide

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 31, 2011 — The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation was awarded a $15,000 grant from the McKesson Foundation for the Parrish Medical Center Diabetes Education Program, located at 951 N. Washington Avenue in Titusville. The grant will help the Diabetes Education Program with its mission to provide quality, cost effective, diabetes education to all patients with diabetes in North Brevard communities.

    The PMC Diabetes Education Program recognizes the needs of the under-served and uninsured and provides community outreach programs to address these specific needs. Provisions are made for those patients with financial needs in the form of an Insulin Voucher Program. This system is used to provide a one-time, 30-day supply of diabetes medications to individuals without the funds or insurance necessary to provide this medication. The grant will provide approximately 75 individuals with insulin vouchers. The participants are then assisted with finding long-term, alternative sources to fund their medication needs.

    "The beneficiaries of the Insulin Voucher Program greatly appreciate the loving kindness of the service, knowing they owe nothing in return. We are grateful to the McKesson Foundation for allowing us to continue this program," says Kimberly Fischer, manager, PMC Diabetes Education Program.

    In the United States today, approximately 25.8 million people are known to have diabetes. That's 8.3 percent of the population. The key to successful diabetes self-management is education and communication with your healthcare professionals. The PMC Diabetes Education Program is the longest running hospital-based education program in Brevard County. It has been providing timely, comprehensive, and cost-effective care to patients since 1995, and continues to offer appropriate and quality education.

    Call 321-268-6699 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Go online to www.parrishmed.com and look under Programs and Services for more diabetes information, including a free DiabetesAware online self-assessment.


    Parrish Medical Center Welcomes Erica O'Bryan M.D., Pediatrician

    Erica O'Bryan M.D., Pediatrician - Titusville FL TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 24, 2011)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome Pediatrician Erica O'Bryan, M.D. to its medical staff and the North Brevard Community.

    Dr. O'Bryan received her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles, and did her residency at Southern Illinois University Pediatrics, St. John's Children's Hospital, Springfield, Ill.

    Through her extensive pediatric training and experience at Southern Illinois University, Dr. O'Bryan is able to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care for a wide variety of pediatric patients. Dr. O'Bryan offers concern for both the patient and the family to bring about a positive experience, whether dealing with a routine physical or a potentially serious illness.

    Comprehensive Childhood and Adolescent Healthcare Including:

    • School physicals / sport preparticipation exams
    • Growth and development / health maintenance
    • Immunizations
    • Childhood obesity
    • Asthma / allergy diagnosis and treatment
    • ADHD diagnosis and treatment
    • Developmental conditions
    • Prenatal visits
    • Newborn and premature infant health issues
    • Adolescent health issues
    Dr. O'Bryan's practice—Parrish Pediatrics—welcomes new patients, newborn to 18 years old, and is conveniently located at 1709 Garden Street, Titusville. Walk-ins are welcome and same day sick appointments are available. Most insurances accepted. Please call 321-267-3941 for more information.

    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awards 13 scholarships

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 18, 2011—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $15,000 in scholarships to 13 high school and college students for the 2011–2012 school year. Recipients live in the North Brevard County Hospital District and are pursuing a career in a health-related field. JPMF has been awarding scholarships to deserving students since 1990.

    This year's scholarship winners were: Jeremiah Butler and Virginia Leavel – Astronaut High School; Melissa Blaue – Merritt Island High School; Valerie Luman, Kelli Michael, Alana Nelson and Renee Shivel – Titusville High School; Martha Kraft – Emory University; Edith Bracho-Sanchez, Catherine Norris, Alexandra Parrish and Steven Raymond – University of Florida; and Reanne Graves – University of South Florida.

    The JPMF scholarship committee is chaired by Bill Terry, who has been a volunteer at Parrish Medical Center (PMC) since 1994. Mr. Terry has accumulated more than 23,000 hours of volunteer service at PMC and has been on the JPMF Board of Directors since 2007. Other committee members are Hugh Brown, Richard Boggs, Santi Bulnes, Dot Hudson, Robert Jordan, Ron Norris, Howard Rinker, DDS, Barbara Terhune, Bernie Vinoski, MD, John Weaver and John Williams, Ph.D. "The scholarship committee takes their task of evaluating the applicants very seriously. It is with great pleasure we are able to award such deserving students these scholarships," said Terry.


    Free Early Detection Screening For Anyone with Family History of COPD/Asthma and other breathing difficulties at Parrish Health & Fitness Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (May 10, 2011) – The Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation service at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, in collaboration with Accredo, a Medco company, is offering a free Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency screening, Wednesday, May 25, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 321-268-6726 to RSVP.

    AAT deficiency is an inherited disorder characterized by low to nonexistent levels of AAT, a protein that protects the lungs from a potentially damaging enzyme produced in the body. Individuals with family history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or any form of lung disease will benefit from this screening. The screening consists of a simple finger stick (fasting is not necessary) and completion of a short questionnaire.

    Parrish Health & Fitness Center is located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy. 50), Titusville, FL 32780. PMC's Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located within the fitness center and is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart and/or lung problems. The program uses the expertise of medical professionals associated with Parrish Medical Center in the fields of cardiac and pulmonary medicine, nutrition, nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacology and exercise physiology. Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation include: exercise programs tailored to your needs; better breathing and overall health; and monthly educational self-management seminars. For more information call 321-268-6726.


    Parrish Health & Fitness Center Celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day®

    Local Activities Part of National Movement to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (May 10, 2011) — Parrish Health & Fitness Center will join an estimated 1,000 national events to celebrate the 18th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on Wed., May 25, 2011. As an official host site, Parrish Health & Fitness Center, located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50) in Titusville, Fla., will hold a fun event focusing on senior health and wellness.

    An estimated 100,000 seniors across the country are expected to help promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care. At Parrish Health & Fitness Center, it's a special day just for people over age 55. It is free and open to the public.

    The event will include a continental breakfast, health screenings, vendor booths, health information, fitness instruction, physician lectures, reduced-cost lab testing, joint/balance screenings and much more. Space will be limited due to room capacity; all activities will be on a walk-in, first come basis. Seniors who join on this day will pay only $10 for enrollment (it is normally $45). Senior rates are always available on monthly dues.

    "Our Senior Health & Fitness Day is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to make, renew, and revitalize their commitment to live healthier lives through better health and wellness," said Jessica Schwartz, Parrish Health & Fitness Center's general manager.

    For more information about this event, please call Robin Rymkos at 321-268-6200 or visit parrishhealthandfitness.com. Parrish Health & Fitness Center is a service of Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation's Underwriting Committee Preparing for an Award Winning Performance for this Year's Benefit Ball

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 9, 2011—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) will host its annual benefit ball on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 8:00 pm to midnight at La Cita Country Club in Titusville. This year's theme is "Hollywood Nights & Bollywood Dreams...A Night of Fantasy!" Guests will walk down the Hall of Fame reminiscent of old Hollywood and then cross over into the magic of Bollywood with high energy music, brilliant colors and alluring entertainment.

    Underwriting committee chair and JPMF board chairman, Richard Boggs of Boggs Gases in Titusville, has begun fundraising efforts toward the $150,000 goal. Proceeds will benefit the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

    Event co-chairs are Dr. Biju and Lisa Mathews, and Jim and Katherine Musick. Other benefit ball committee members are Kelley Broome, Mary Coleman, Cheryl D'Cruz, Rachel Hobgood, Dot Hudson, Lisa McAlpine, Tricia Parrish, Laurie Smirl, Ann Snodgrass, Tara Sutherland, N. Christine Sylvester, Barbara Terhune and Holly Woolsey.

    Tickets to the event are $100 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. Sponsors will receive special recognition according to level of contribution. For sponsorship and/or event information, call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or email foundation@parrishmed.com.


    Free Early Detection Screening Offered to Anyone with Family History of COPD/Asthma and other breathing difficulties

    At Parrish Health & Fitness Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (April 25, 2011) – The Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation service at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, in collaboration with Accredo, a Medco company, is offering a free Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency screening, Wednesday, May 25, 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 321-268-6726 to RSVP.

    AAT deficiency is an inherited disorder characterized by low to nonexistent levels of AAT, a protein that protects the lungs from a potentially damaging enzyme produced in the body. Individuals with family history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or any form of lung disease will benefit from this screening. The screening consists of a simple finger stick (fasting is not necessary) and completion of a short questionnaire.

    Parrish Health & Fitness Center is located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy. 50), Titusville, FL 32780. PMC's Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation is located within the fitness center and is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart and/or lung problems. The program uses the expertise of medical professionals associated with Parrish Medical Center in the fields of cardiac and pulmonary medicine, nutrition, nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacology and exercise physiology. Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation include: exercise programs tailored to your needs; better breathing and overall health; and monthly educational self-management seminars. For more information call 321-268-6726.


    Living Healthy Workshops at Parrish Medical Center

    Learn to better deal with your chronic condition to live a healthier life.

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, April 20, 2011—Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Living Healthy is a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions. Caregivers and loved ones are also invited to attend. Workshops are offered in communities worldwide to improve health and reduce hospitalizations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

    Parrish Medical Center offers Living Healthy workshops at no cost and has a workshop beginning Tuesday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will continue each Tuesday through June 21. The workshop will be held at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville.

    Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their health. The workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealthcare professionals who themselves have a chronic health condition. Subjects covered will include:

    1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
    2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
    3. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professional
    4. Nutrition, problem solving and creating personal action plans.
    In the U.S., 80 percent of seniors live with at least one chronic condition and 50 percent have two or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. "We have chosen to bring this evidence-based Living Healthy program to our community because we have a higher population of seniors across Brevard County. We want to empower people to be active managers of their health and ultimately improve their quality of life," says Lori Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village program development.

    Parrish Medical Center has received very encouraging feedback from participants who have attended the workshop, such as "the best class I have ever taken"; "by attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly, and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the members of this workshop have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

    Take charge of your life and register now. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation hosts community update, recognizes benefactors

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, March 10, 2011—A community update was held for benefactors of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) on March 1. Former Representative Ralph Poppell and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) President/CEO George Mikitarian were the featured speakers, discussing current issues including health care reform and the impact it will have on community hospitals such as PMC.
    JPMF Community Update photo.
    Shown with a replica of their glass tile on the Pillar of Honor in the Parrish Medical Center Atrium are (front row, L-R): Michael Boggs, Dollie Boggs, Richard Boggs, N. Christine Sylvester; (second row, L-R): Michelle Boggs Thorne, John Hutsell, division vice president, Sodexo Health Care, and J. J. Parrish III, chairman, Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors.

    J.J. Parrish III, chairman of PMC's board of directors, thanked all JPMF benefactors for accomplishments made in 2010, including providing funding for: a Cancer Care Boutique, digital stereotactic breast biopsy technology, the Parrish Health Village, and The Children's Center. Parrish announced a $350,000 commitment by Sodexo Health Care that will name a new three-room hospitality house to be located on the medical center campus at the Parrish Health Village's west end. This new commitment makes Sodexo's total gifts and pledges more than $650,000.

    To be named, "Carey's Hospitality House by Sodexo," in recognition of the company's patient experience initiative known as CARES, the hospitality house will open in mid 2011. The house will provide lodging for visitors with a hospitalized family member who wish to stay close to PMC. With warm and healing ambiance, the house will be fully stocked with all the comforts of home.

    Parrish also recognized three benefactors for significant commitments in 2010. The PMC Auxiliary was honored for its $300,000 pledge designated for The Children's Center Futures Fund, making their total gifts and pledges more than $600,000. Mrs. N. Christine Sylvester was recognized for her gifts of more than $150,000 including funding for the Butterfly Garden in the Parrish Health Village in memory of her late husband, James H. Sylvester, Jr., as well as funding for The Children's Center playground in honor of her children, Jimmy and Katherine. The Boggs Family was recognized for their gifts of more than $100,000 for the Parrish Health Village. A dedication was held after the event for these benefactors at the base of the grand staircase in the PMC Atrium where glass engraved plaques were installed on a pillar surrounding the staircase in their honor.

    "We are able to do amazing things for our community because of the generosity of these benefactors. We can't thank them enough," says Laurie Smirl, executive director, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

    For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, contact 321-269-4066.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation announces grants chairman and awards community grant

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, February 10, 2011—The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) announced the appointment of Jerry W. Allender, Titusville attorney, as chairman of the foundation's community grants committee. Allender, who has served on the JPMF Board of Directors since 1993 and chairman from 2006 to 2008, is serving a second year as chairman of this committee. Also serving on the committee are: Hugh Brown, Santi Bulnes, Kathy Dunn, David Ferguson, Robert Jordan, Jr., J.J. Parrish III, Patricia Parrish, Howard Rinker, D.D.S., and Jason Snodgrass.

    The JPMF community grants committee provides small grants totaling $50,000 or more each year to not-for-profit organizations that offer health and wellness related services to North Brevard residents. The foundation recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Black Women's Roundtable, which supported the group's National Empowerment Tour Kick-Off held on February 5, 2011. The event brought more than 150 women together representing diverse views and interests within the black community and focused on motivating women to engage in being healthy, wealthy and wise to improve and advance the community they live in.

    "As a non-profit organization raising funds to promote the health and wellness of North Brevard, it is with great pleasure that we are able to award grant funds to small organizations with a shared passion for helping our community," said Allender.

    Organizations may apply for grant funds four times per year. The second quarter grant applications are due March 7, 2011. An application may be obtained by contacting JPMF at 321-269-4066.


    Red Hot Heart Health Reception

    Celebrating women's heart health and active lifestyles

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 21, 2011)—Red symbolizes action, strength, confidence, courage, and vitality. You can be Red Hot at any age. All it takes is the right state of mind, strength of heart, and red attire.

    So, put on your red shoes, red dress or red slacks and join us for a uniquely energizing health and wellness experience at Parrish Medical Center's Red Hot Heart Health Reception.

    The event will be held on Wednesday, February 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Titusville-Kennedy Space Center, located at 4715 Helen Hauser Boulevard, Titusville (behind the Cracker Barrel off SR 50 west of I-95).

    A PMC Art of Healing Hearts (cardiovascular care) and Spirit Of Women event, you'll find health screenings such as free blood pressure checks, blood glucose test, and health risk assessments, along with other health information.

    You'll also get a chance to learn some red hot Zumba moves during the Zumba dance/fitness demonstration before the program. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness program.

    Then from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. hear board-certified Interventional Cardiologist Amitra Caines, M.D. as she shares information on "Advances in Heart Disease Treatments for Women."

    This event is free for Spirit of WomenŽ members, and $5 general admission for nonmembers. Seating is limited so please RSVP to 321-268-6110. Red social attire is appropriate. Hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

    Women and Heart Disease: Fast Facts*

    You can make a difference in your heart health. Take that first step and be Red Hot at any age.
    • Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.
    • More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks—five times as many women as from breast cancer.
    • More than 42 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
    • 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.
    • More women die each year of congestive heart failure than men, accounting for 56.3% of all heart failure deaths.
    Who is at risk?
    • Cigarette smoking results in a 2 –3 times increased risk of dying from heart disease.
    • 48% of adult women have a total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.
    • 50%, and more, of women get no leisure time physical activity.
    • 58%, and more, of women are overweight or obese.
    • Women with diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks.
    Affects more women than men
    • More women than men die of heart disease each year.
    • Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
    • Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies.
    *WomenHeart: The National Coalition For Women With Heart Disease

    Do you know your numbers?*
    It is recommended that individuals keep these critical health numbers within the following ranges: *WomenHeart: The National Coalition For Women With Heart Disease

    • Fasting Blood Sugar: less than 100
    • Total Cholesterol: less than 200
    • LDL "Bad" Cholesterol: less than 100
    • HDL ("Good") Cholesterol: 50 or higher
    • Triglycerides: less than 150
    • Blood pressure: less than 130/80
    • Fasting Glucose: less than 100
    • Body Mass Index (BMI): less than 25
    • Waist Circumference: less than 35 inches
    *American Heart Association


    New Year! New You! Fitness Challenges

    Free for a limited time at Parrish Health & Fitness Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 19, 2011)— Parrish Health & Fitness Center challenges you and others to burn off those holiday pounds by joining one of three interactive health challenges: calorie burn challenge, fitness challenge, or weight loss challenge.

    Fitness center members and nonmembers alike are invited to join one, or all three, of the five-week challenges beginning Monday, January 24. Simply go to http://parrish.totalhealthinteractive.com.

    Challenge details include:

    • Free to Join
    • Dynamic Leader Board
    • Weekly Reports
    • Private Personal Wellness Trial Account (an engaging web-based system that combines social networking, health activity, daily health guidance, competition and fun).
    • Prizes (personal training packages, one-month free memberships, among other prizes)
    • Challenge begins January 24
    • Sign up deadline is February 7
    The NEW YEAR! NEW YOU! fitness challenges are part of the Parrish fitness center's new web-based Parrish Total Health Interactive service that gives its members 24-hour access to fitness and wellness resources. Nonmembers are invited to participate on a trial basis from January 24 until February 28. Members who have not yet registered for Parrish Total Health Interactive contact a client service representative at 321-268-6200.

    Take the challenge and sign up today at parrishhealthandfitness.com and click on NEW YEAR! NEW YOU! For more information, contact Parrish Health & Fitness Center at 321-268-6200.


    Resolve to Quit Smoking in 2011:
    Freedom From Smoking® group classes start January 19

    TITUSVILLE, FLA (December 29, 2010) — Your Parrish Medical Center care partners want to help you resolve to quit smoking in 2011. The American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking® group clinics will be offered at PMC's main campus, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, every Wednesday from January 19 to February 23, 2011. The six-week series of classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the third floor Women's Center conference room (accessible from the main entrance elevators). To register, call 321-268-6287. Classes are free and open to the public.

    Group clinics have helped hundreds of thousands quit smoking; it's considered the gold standard for smoking cessation programs. This six-session program is done in a group setting, since the support of others is a beneficial component of the quitting process. The group sessions are led by an expert who understands how hard it is for smokers to quit. Freedom From Smoking classes help individuals learn about:

    • Medicines that can help you stop smoking
    • Lifestyle changes that make quitting easier
    • Preparing for Quit Day
    • Managing stress
    • Avoiding weight gain
    • Developing a new self-image
    • How to stay smoke-free for good
    Even if you have tried to quit smoking before but didn't succeed, try again. It takes most people several tries before they can quit for good. Call 321-268-6287 to register.


    Learn to better deal with your chronic condition to live a healthier life.

    2011 Living Healthy Workshops at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, December 16, 2010—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) will continue to offer Living Healthy workshops in 2011. Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) based on a proven model developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Living Healthy is a six-week workshop for adults with chronic conditions. Caregivers and loved ones are also invited to attend. Workshops are offered in communities worldwide to improve health and reduce hospitalizations. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an effective, evidence-based program.

    Parrish Medical Center offers Living Healthy workshops at no cost and has two workshops beginning in early 2011. One begins Monday, January 10 from noon to 2:30 p.m. and will continue each Monday through February 14. Another begins Wednesday, February 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will continue each Wednesday through March 23. The workshops will be held at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville.

    Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in their ability to manage their health. The workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealthcare professionals who themselves have a chronic health condition. Subjects covered will include:

    1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
    2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
    3. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
    4. Nutrition, problem solving and creating personal action plans.

    In the U.S., 80 percent of seniors live with at least one chronic condition and 50 percent have two or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. "We have chosen to bring this evidence-based Living Healthy program to our community because we have a higher population of seniors across Brevard County. We want to empower people to be active managers of their health and ultimately improve their quality of life," says Lori Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village program development. Parrish Medical Center completed four Living Healthy workshops in 2010 and received encouraging feedback from participants, such as: "The best class I have ever taken"; "By attending this workshop I now have increased energy, exercise regularly, and have a very positive feeling about myself regarding my health"; "I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with chronic conditions...the workshop members have moved forward with their personal health issues; it's very rewarding to be a part of this group."

    Take charge of your life and register now. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Elects New Officers

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 22, 2010—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF), the philanthropic arm of Parrish Medical Center (PMC), announced the election of Richard Boggs as chairman of the board of directors. Boggs is vice president of Boggs Gases, a family-owned medical gas company based in Titusville. Boggs grew up in Titusville and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He worked as a Health Care Consultant for Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young before returning to Titusville in 1994. Boggs lives in Winter Park with his wife Elizabeth.

    Other officers and members of the executive board voted into office at JPMF's annual meeting on September 29, 2010 include, Christopher Broome, Esq. (chairman-elect), Barbara Terhune (vice chairman), E. Eugene Sego, R.Ph. (secretary), Jessie Kirk (treasurer), Jason L. Snodgrass (immediate past chairman), and George Mikitarian (PMC president and CEO). Also named as committee chairs and members at large were: Judy Allender, Hugh M. Brown, Randy Coleman, Christopher Manion, M.D., Christine Sylvester and Rachel Terry.

    Also serving as directors are Santiago Bulnes, Herman Cole, Kathy Dunn, David D. Ferguson, Tim Hartsfield, Dorothy Hudson, Robert Jordan, Jr., Kerry Kennedy, Dr. Albert M. Koller, Jr., Roger Miller, Katherine Musick, J.J. Parrish III, Tricia Parrish, Dr. Howard Rinker, D.D.S., Turmy Sieveking, Tim Skeldon, Gregory Sparkman, William Terry, Nancy Turgeon, Bernard Vinoski, M.D., John Weaver, Dr. John Williams and Bob Yarbrough. Newly elected to serve three-year terms were Timothy Hartsfield, Harris Corporation and Dr. Albert M. Koller, Jr., SpaceTEC.

    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors - November 2010
    The newly elected executive committee of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board of Directors (L-R): Jason L. Snodgrass (immediate past chairman), Rachel Terry, E. Eugene Sego, R.Ph (secretary), Jessie Kirk (treasurer), Randy Coleman, Barbara Terhune (vice chairman), Christopher Manion, M.D., Richard Boggs (chairman), Christine Sylvester, Christopher Broome, Esq. (chairman-elect), and Judy Allender. Not pictured are: George Mikitarian (Parrish Medical Center President and CEO) and Hugh M. Brown.


    Integrative Medicine Seminar Hosted by Parrish Health & Fitness Center

    Learn about the "whole person" healing process.

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (October 25, 2010)— Learn how patients and their physicians should work together in a "whole person" healing process. Parrish Health & Fitness Center will host Authrine Whyte, M.D., PhD for "An Introduction into Integrative Medicine and Your Journey to Wellness" on Thursday, November 4 from 6 p.m. –7 p.m. in the Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50) in Titusville, Fla. Dr. Whyte is board certified in family medicine.

    Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person—body, mind and spirit—including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Whyte combines the use of conventional medicine with natural, effective, less-invasive interventions to treat illness and help you maintain your health and wellness.

    Integrative Medicine emphasizes the partnership between the patient and physician in the healing process, and considers all of the factors that influence health, wellness and disease.

    For more information call 321-268-6202. No reservations are required.


    Dr. Authrine White


    Parrish Medical Center introduces InQuickER

    Bypass ER waiting room and a 15-minute guarantee

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (October 18, 2010)— Parrish Medical Center is pleased to introduce InQuickER, an online advance registration process that allows people to bypass the emergency waiting room. InQuickER is an online early-registration system for the emergency room (ER) and urgent care center. Prospective patients with lower-acuity conditions can register online to "hold their place." Instead of spending time in the waiting room, they are able to wait at home.

    It's fast and easy. The cost for this service is only $4.99 for the emergency room at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. The service fee is currently being waived at the MedFast Urgent Care Center located inside the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John.

    InQuickER guarantees that patients who register online and provide all requested information will be seen within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.

    To use InQuickER, simply go to www.parrishmed.com and click on the InQuickER icon on the homepage. Follow the online instructions to hold your place in line. If you need immediate treatment, do not use InQuickER. Go directly to the emergency room or call 911.

    Parrish Medical Center is the exclusive provider of InQuickER in the Brevard County area. For more information, visit www.parrishmed.com.

    Facts

    What is InQuickER?
    InQuickER is an online early-registration system for the emergency room (ER) and urgent care center. Prospective patients with lower-acuity conditions can register online to "hold their place" in the ER. Instead of spending time in the waiting room, they are able to wait at home. It's fast and easy. There is a nominal convenience fee applied at the time of registration.

    How can I use InQuickER?
    Simply go to www.parrishmed.com and click on the InQuickER icon on the home page. Follow the online instructions to hold your place in line. You'll receive a "projected treatment time" when you complete the online registration process. Arrive at the ER at this time in order to be seen within 15 minutes.

    What if my condition requires immediate treatment?
    If you need immediate treatment, do not use InQuickER. Go directly to the emergency room or call 911.

    How can you schedule ER treatment? Isn't the ER based on triage?
    All emergency departments use a triage system to evaluate incoming patients. As a result, patients with low-acuity symptoms may experience a longer wait while patients with higher-acuity symptoms receive priority treatment. InQuickER allows patients with lower-acuity symptoms to wait at home, rather than in the waiting room.

    Patients who use InQuickER wait just as long (or longer) to be seen as other patients; InQuickER does not shorten the wait time, it simply allows prospective patients to wait at home or at another location before coming in to the ER.

    What if a more urgent patient arrives at my projected treatment time?
    If the ER triage nurse determines that another patient has a greater need of immediate treatment when you arrive, that patient will receive prioritized treatment.

    What if I am not seen within 15 minutes of my chosen treatment time?
    InQuickER is backed by a 15-minute money-back guarantee; see the website at www.inquicker.com for details. Feedback from past InQuickER users indicates that over 95% of the people who register with InQuickER are seen in 15 minutes or less.

    Which ERs currently offer the InQuickER service?
    InQuickER is available at a growing list of emergency departments and urgent care centers around the country. Parrish Medical Center is the exclusive provider of InQuickER in the Brevard County area.


    Come and Celebrate The Children's Center 10-Year Anniversary

    Community Invited to Celebrate with a FREE Children's Concert

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, October 5, 2010 — The Children's Center, located in South Titusville, will celebrate 10 years of providing early childhood programs, services and support for children and their families on Saturday, November 6, from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Titusville Performing Arts Center at Titusville High School, 150 Terrier Trail.

    Join us as we recognize the children, volunteers, partners and employees who have been a part of The Children's Center for 10 years. A "walk down memory lane" slide show will take you through the years and introduce you to our past and present families as they have participated in the many childhood development programs housed at the center.

    "We are looking forward to celebrating the growth of the children and families we have touched over the past 10 years," said Center Manager Lori Duester. "This event is also a chance for us to say thank you to the many people in our community who have supported and partnered with us in our efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of young children throughout Brevard County."

    You'll get your toes tapping with Brian Slawson as "Boomer" with his BOOMERBEATS performance using a dazzling array of percussion instruments and toys. Brian is Julliard trained and a Grammy-nominated percussionist. He is currently a member of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

    Then you can Bop Till You Drop with "Mr. Al," a musician-turned-educator-turned-entertainer who will get you up singing, dancing, moving and grooving! Mr. Al travels throughout the U.S. and abroad performing sold-out concerts for children and families. He also writes, produces and records his pop-styled educational music and has produced 20 CDs. Mr. Al has also been honored with numerous Parents' Choice and NAPPA awards! And what's a party without cake? The grand finale will be cake for all! So mark your calendar and help us celebrate The Children's Center 10th Anniversary with fun and family.


    Knowing the Facts about Domestic Violence

    A workshop for anyone interested in learning more about domestic violence TITUSVILLE, FLA. (October 4, 2010)— Parrish Medical Center, Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, and the Women's Center present are co-sponsoring this important presentation. It will be held on Thursday, October 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John Community Room, 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit).

    The Women's Center will present information on a basic understanding of what domestic violence is; the resources available to victims of domestic violence; the services provided by the Women's Center in North Brevard; and opportunities available to the community for people to get involved.

    Established in 1975, the Women's Center is a nonprofit organization serving the needs of women and their families with programs that evolve to meet the changing needs in women's lives. They are designed to help women help themselves to develop safe, healthy, and self-sufficient lives. Recent events led to the expansion of domestic violence victim's services into Titusville and North Brevard, which will soon include a domestic violence victim's shelter for women and their children.

    The mission of the Women's Center is to empower women and their families by providing support, education, counseling, information and services. For additional information about the Women's Center, call 321-607-6811, or visit the website at www.WomensCenterInBrevard.org. The workshop is meant for anyone interested in learning more about domestic violence.


    Know Your Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 9, 2010 – People have PAD when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits or plaque. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. When leg arteries are hardened and clogged, blood flow to the legs and feet is reduced. Some people call this poor circulation. Take a moment to answer these PAD screening questions:
    • Do you have high blood pressure?
    • Do you have diabetes?
    • Do you have high or abnormal blood cholesterol levels?
    • Have you had heart disease, heart attack, stroke or TIA?
    • Do you have a family history (parent, sister or brother) of PAD, heart attack, stroke, or TIA?
    • Do you have aching, cramping or pain in your legs when you walk or exercise that goes away when you rest?
    • Do you smoke, or used to smoke?
    • Do you have any ulcers or sores on your feet or legs that are slow in healing?
    • Are you African American?
    If you answered yes to any of these risk factors we invite you to a FREE PAD screening at Parrish Medical Center. The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test takes 20–30 minutes, and you are only required to remove shoes and socks.

    Call Parrish Medical Center (PMC) at 268-6150 and make an appointment for a FREE PAD screening. They are performed at PMC on Wednesdays and Thursdays every half hour from 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

    Sometimes, people ignore their leg pain and think it is just a sign they are getting older. 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 health care provider since it may be a warning sign of a serious disease such as PAD. 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.


    Parrish Medical Center welcomes Julie Chevillet, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon to North Brevard

    Julie Chevillet, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon
    Julie Chevillet, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon
    TITUSVILLE, FL (September 3, 2010)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome Orthopedic Surgeon Julie Chevillet, D.O., to its medical staff and the North Brevard community. Dr. Chevillet has extensive experience treating a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to: Pediatrics Specialties: Growth plate injuries or fractures, Sports injuries, Leg length discrepancy, Scoliosis, In-toeing, Clubfoot

    Children and Adult Specialties: Chronic or acute foot and ankle pain injuries, Ankle sprains and fractures, Achilles tendinitis or tears, Osteoarthritis and arthritis in the foot or ankle, Deformities of the foot and ankle, congenital or acquired

    Dr. Chevillet completed her fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics at Nationwide Children's Hospital (recognized by U.S. News and World Reports' 2008 best hospitals list and ranked in the top 10 Pediatric Orthopedic programs in the country by Parent's magazine) in Columbus, Ohio. She served as a Clinical Fellow in foot and ankle treatment at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    She earned her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and completed her residency and internship at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, an affiliate of Ohio University College of Medicine.

    Prior to her medical training, Dr. Chevillet was a National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I, PAC-10 strength and conditioning coach for Washington State University and an instructor for its Department of Kinesiology. She was an elite NCAA Division I, PAC-10 shot put, discus and hammer thrower; and an accomplished Olympic-style weight lifter and competitive swimmer.

    Dr. Chevillet welcomes new patients (adults and children) and accepts most insurance. She joins the Parrish Human Motion InstituteŽ multi-specialty group of Anthony Allotta, D.O., Sports Medicine, Aaron Smith, D.O., Neurosurgeon, and Patrick Sonser, M.D., Physiatry and Physical Medicine. Their office is conveniently located on the second floor of the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway. For an appointment call 321-433-2247.


    Public Service Announcement

    Medical Reminders to Help You Prepare for a Hurricane

    Get a 30-day supply of necessary medications.
    If you are taking prescription medications and normally purchase them from your local pharmacy, try to have a 30-day supply on hand. This is not as easy as it sounds – many insurance companies will not authorize the filling of additional days or months worth of a medication unless ordered by the state to do so in emergency situations, such as natural disasters. Make your medication plan now. This plan should include speaking with a health insurance representative, pharmacist or your physician about options to acquire extra medications, one of which may include paying cash for your 30-day supply.

    Call your dialysis center for a temporary plan of care.
    If you are on dialysis, call your dialysis center to make a plan of action for your care.
    Do not miss a treatment prior to bad weather and make sure to follow your doctor-ordered diet very closely. Read the patient care information provided to you by your doctor. It includes medical information to assist you and phone numbers to the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network. Only your doctor can recommend if it is medically safe for you to miss treatments and can advise you on whether or not you should be admitted to a hospital during a hurricane. Special needs shelters do not offer dialysis and some centers may be closed during a hurricane. When the storm passes, contact your dialysis center for further instructions or go to your hospital for short-term care if your center is closed.

    The hospital is not a county shelter.
    County shelters are designated throughout the county, mostly in elementary schools. The hospital is not a designated shelter and does not take evacuees. In North Brevard, the designated shelters are located at Mims, Apollo, and Imperial Estates elementary schools.

    Make shelter arrangements if you are oxygen dependent.
    You may be eligible for care at a special needs shelter, based on your medical needs and availability. If you are an oxygen-dependent person, be sure to get your oxygen tanks filled. You should try to have two days worth of oxygen on hand. Also make shelter arrangements now. If you do not plan to evacuate, contact the Brevard County Office of Emergency Management at 321-637-6670 for more information on how to register for special needs shelter. If you wait until a hurricane hits to make shelter arrangements, it will be too late.

    General Preparation for a Hurricane
    For complete information on what you can do to prepare for a disaster or hurricane, go online to the Brevard County Office of Emergency Management Web site at www.brevardcounty.us/EOC. You will find valuable information to help prepare your home and family before a hurricane strikes.


    Dwight Howard Basketball Camp winners
    Parrish Medical Center contest winners Albert Gutierrez, 13 (left), Titusville, and Jada Britt, 15, (right) Mims, learned valuable basketball lessons from Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard at the "Hang With Dwight Howard Basketball Camp" held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in early August.

    "Hang with Dwight Howard Basketball Camp" Contest Winners Announced by Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, August 16, 2010—Parrish Human Motion InstituteŽ, the exclusive sports medicine partner of the 2010 Old Spice Dwight Howard Basketball Camp, announced the two lucky winners of the Hang With Dwight Howard Basketball Camp Contest. They were Albert Gutierrez, 13, from Titusville, and Jada Britt, 15, from Mims. Their winning entries were randomly chosen from hundreds of entries received during the previous month.

    Each winner had their camp fees paid to join Olympic gold medal winner and Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard for nine hours of expert instruction, a camp T-shirt, camp team photo and other prizes.

    While kids worked on fundamentals, parents interacted with Parrish Human Motion Institute physicians, Dr. Anthony Allotta and Dr. Patrick Sonser.

    This annual camp was held from August 2–4, 2010, at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and was open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18.


    MedFast Urgent Care Center Open House

    Located inside the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John

    Titusville, FL, May 28, 2010 — Join us for the MedFast Urgent Care ribbon cutting and open house, Tuesday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at a new location inside the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, just east of I-95. MedFast Urgent Care Centers is opening its new location inside Port St. John's largest outpatient healthcare center in a new $1.1 million addition.

    The MedFast Urgent Care Center at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John will provide the community with its first comprehensive, urgent care facility. Adding this care inside the Parrish Healthcare Center offers access to doctors every day of the week without an appointment.

    Fast and easy access to:

    • Emergency room-experienced physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Results/medical record of urgent care visits, including images, sent to patient's primary care physician
    • Most insurance plans accepted and cash payments for services.
    Advanced urgent care services include: abdominal pain, asthma/bronchitis/sinusitis, cellulitis, infections (ear, urinary tract, respiratory, etc.), fractures, gastrointestinal (GI) or genitourinary (GU) complaints, general medicine, headaches, lacerations (stitches), pelvic pain, sprains/strains/sports injuries, physicals: annual/basic (ages 18+), camp, executive, school, sports and DOT/DOE/OSHA/Resp.

    Full-service diagnostic services available at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John include: CT, MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, mammography (all digital), heart function testing (stress, nuclear, EKG and others), laboratory (blood) testing, full-time physician specialists, diabetes support and education, wound healing, physical and occupational therapy and sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Recognizes Local Women For Their Spirit of Philanthropy

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 17, 2010 — From a field of 29 nominees, the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded 11 North Brevard women with Spirit of Philanthropy awards at the second annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Parrish Medical Center. Donna Skattum, managing editor of SpaceCoast Living and events editor of SpaceCoast Business, served as the master of ceremony. Honorees were:
    • Rising Star Award for outstanding young female philanthropist ages 14-20: Frankie Eschweiler, Astronaut High School Sophomore; and Mitzy Gonzalez, Titusville High School Senior.
    • Community Hero Award for outstanding woman of philanthropy at least 21 years of age: Sara Ann Conkling, Community Volunteer; Cindy Flachmeier, MSW, Community Services Council; and Margaret Kinslow, Brevard Literacy.
    • Healthcare Hero Award for a female clinical professional: Stephanie Haridopolos, MD, Melbourne, Fla.; Marsha Richardson, MSN, RN, OCN, Parrish Medical Center; and Janet Rooks, MSW, Parrish Senior Solutions.
    • Spirit of Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award for a woman 55 and older: Billie Fitzgerald, Marion Sharkey and Rachel Terry.
    The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation began the Spirit of Philanthropy as an extension of the national Spirit of Women initiative sponsored by Parrish Medical Center. The Spirit of Philanthropy honors and celebrates the power and passion of women leaders who actively contribute their time, talent or treasure to make our community a better place in which to live, work and raise families.

    "Every person who engages in philanthropy in one way or another makes our county stronger," said Lisa Mathews, 2010 Spirit of Philanthropy Chairwoman. "The Spirit of Philanthropy women's initiative is giving women throughout Brevard, and especially North Brevard, a networking tool that provides new opportunities for them to improve everyone's quality of life. We are extremely proud of all the women who were nominated for this meaningful award," she added.

    Parrish Medical Center is central Florida's only Spirit of Women Network hospital and has earned the prestigious Spirit of Women Premier Hospital designation for excellence in women's health. The designation is awarded only to hospitals that meet and/or exceed national women's health standards of excellence, as defined by the Office of Women's Health and Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). As part of a comprehensive evaluation process, PMC demonstrated innovation and excellence in women's programming across the board and earned the designation as a Premier Hospital by meeting 100 percent of the standards and earning an overall perfect score. The Premier Hospital designation is earned by hospitals that meet or exceed at least 80 percent of the standards. The National Standards of Excellence in Women's Health require focus on women-centered care, call-to-action education, and access to care in seven different areas.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awards 20 scholarships

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 14, 2010—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $15,500 in scholarships to 20 high school and college students for the 2010–2011 school year. Recipients live in the North Brevard County Hospital District and are pursuing a career in a health-related field. JPMF has been awarding scholarships to deserving students since 1990.

    This year's scholarship winners were: Matthew Bahr, Sarah Dingess, Brandy Fowler and Martha Kraft – Astronaut High School; Alexis Hutchison and Andy Phan – Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Rachel Baird, Cynthia Boger, Roy Colvin II, Mitzy Gonzalez, Samuel Goodwin, Reanne Graves and Catherine Norris – Titusville High School; David Morse – Brevard Community College; Michael Webster-Gardiner – Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University; Kenneth Estes – Ross University School of Medicine; Mariah Meesakul – University of Central Florida; and Sarah Facemire, Alexandra Parrish and Steven Raymond – University of Florida.


    Brevard Health Alliance to operate Community Medical Clinic; agreement with Parrish Medical Center gives Alliance countywide service coverage

    TITUSVILLE, FL (May 11, 2010) — Parrish Medical Center and Brevard Health Alliance (BHA) has reached an agreement for BHA to assume management this summer of the hospital's 14-year-old Community Medical Clinic.

    The move will establish countywide coverage for BHA as it serves Brevard's uninsured and underinsured population.

    BHA will provide primary care service to the clinic's patients. The office at 500 North Washington Avenue in Titusville will be staffed by two physicians, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and backed up by a support staff.

    PMC officials said that BHA is eligible to receive grants and programs – including prescription drug programs – for which the Community Medical Clinic is not eligible. Additionally, the hospital's analysis of BHA's processes shows it will actually be able to see more patients than the high number that already use the clinic's services.

    "This transition to BHA is based on our area's future needs and BHA's ability to offer additional services," said Lisa Alexander, PMC vice president of medical affairs. "The Brevard Health Alliance has established an outstanding reputation for its work serving Brevard residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

    "We're proud of the service and care that the Community Medical Clinic has provided to our community," Alexander said. "The physicians and staff are doing wonderful work. We're entering this new phase in the clinic's life because BHA can add new dimensions of service and a countywide presence, both of which fit well with PMC's mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time."

    Alexander added that another advantage is that BHA will now work with all of Brevard's major health systems.

    BHA is described on its Web site as a federally qualified community health center that serves patients regardless of their ability to pay. Discounted fees are available based on income and family size. BHA participates with Health First Health Plans, Medicare, Medicaid and Florida Healthy Kids.

    Lisa Gurri, BHA chief executive officer, said the BHA is enthusiastic about extending its services to north Brevard.

    "The demand for affordable healthcare continues to grow. We are committed to this growth and increasing access to a medical home for those citizens of North Brevard County. This partnership with Parrish Medical Center will significantly expand healthcare resources to the uninsured and we are very pleased to be working with such a dedicated organization."

    The Community Medical Clinic's 11 employees are being given the option of joining BHA or applying for employment with PMC.

    "With BHA taking over management of something we have already built, the result is a seamless transition for our patients," Alexander said. Notification of the management change has been sent to all clinic patients and other interested groups, she added.

    During the transition to BHA management, the clinic's operating schedule will remain the same. BHA also operates a mobile clinic. Details are being worked out about its potential use in north Brevard.


    Parrish Medical Center Recipient of the Gallup Great Workplace Award 2010

    TITUSVILLE, FL, APRIL 30, 2010— Parrish Medical Center proudly announces that it received the Gallup Great Workplace Award during a gala on April 28, 2010, in Omaha, Nebraska.

    The Gallup Great Workplace Award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted. A panel of workplace experts evaluated the award-winning organizations. Parrish Medical Center is among the winners because its results demonstrate one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world.

    The Gallup Summit occurred on April 27–29, 2010. During the Summit, Great Workplace Award winners presented the best practices they applied to their workplace and the improved business results they achieved through building an engaged workforce.

    "The winners of this award have established a new global standard for engaging people," said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's Workplace and Leadership Consulting practice. "When compared to the millions of workgroups we have studied around the world, the awardees have worked tirelessly to create an environment that values people. They go far beyond trivial perks to ensure that each employee has an emotional connection to the company's mission and growth."

    "We are extremely proud of this latest distinction from Gallup as a great place to work," said George Mikitarian, Parrish Medical Center president and chief executive officer. "When an organization creates an engaging, healing environment for employees to do and be their best everyone benefits. That's why our board of directors and leadership are steadfast in their commitment to PMC care partners (employees, physicians and volunteers), especially in these tough economic times."

    "It is rewarding for everyone—our community and our care partners—when Parrish Medical Center is recognized with awards such as this one," added PMC Board Member Peggy Crooks. "It demonstrates excellent care partner communication on behalf of our patients, increased patient satisfaction, clinical quality and a safe environment."

    About the Gallup Great Workplace Award
    The Gallup Great Workplace Award recognizes the best-performing workforces in the world. Applicants' results are compared across a workplace research database composed of millions of work teams in more than 100 countries. A panel of workplace experts assesses the applicants' results to select the winners. The award's weight and design equal the merit of the winners' accomplishments. To create the award, Gallup designers collaborated with R.S. Owens & Company, the company that produces many of the world's most prestigious awards, including the Academy Award. The award consists of two components: The top design features 12 etched crystal planes, layered to convey the kinetic energy of an engaged workforce. The crystal sits atop a concave-shaped pedestal base composed of polished silver-plated legs and a satin-finish front display. The combination of these parts results in a piece that evokes the nature of engagement.

    About Gallup
    Gallup has studied human nature and behavior for more than 75 years. Gallup's reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel is the cornerstone of the organization. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and its consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide. Gallup's 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, at Gallup University's campuses, and in more than 40 offices around the world.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to host annual Spirit of Philanthropy awards ceremony

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, April 20, 2010— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) will host the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 13, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Parrish Medical Center Atrium. Donna Skattum, managing editor of SpaceCoast Living, will serve as the Master of Ceremony. The event will celebrate the talent and dedication of women who devote themselves to making communities healthier, safer and more inspirational places to live.

    JPMF received 30 nominations in the following four award categories: Rising Star for outstanding young female philanthropist ages 14-20; Community Hero for outstanding woman of philanthropy at least 21 years of age; Spirit of Philanthropy for a lifetime achievement award for a woman 55 and older; and Healthcare Hero for a female clinical professional. The top three finalists in each category will be treated to a beauty session provided by one of the following local salons: About An Inch, Aja Salon & Day Spa, Alicia's Hair and Nail Salon, Brent Allan Salon & Day Spa, and Jeannette Adrian Salon. Award winners will be submitted as nominees to the National Spirit of Women Awards.


    World's Greatest Baby Shower Coming Saturday, May 1

    Annual event to be held at The Children's Center in Titusville

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, March 12, 2010— The best gift you can give an expectant or new mother is to bring her to the World's Greatest Baby Shower, Saturday, May 1 — communities working together to promote healthy babies and healthy mothers. This annual event will be held at The Children's Center, 5650 South Washington Avenue, Titusville. The free event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and targets all new and expectant parents, including adoptive parents.

    The World's Greatest Baby Shower offers educational exhibits and helpful presentations by healthcare and other children's experts, plus light refreshments and plenty of door prizes. Topics this year are "Make Your Own Baby Food," offered by Beth Shephard, University of Florida Extension Agent/IFAS Brevard County Extension; "Diabetes in Children" by Omar Hudson, MD, pediatric endocrinologist with MIMA; "Drowning Prevention/Water Safety" by Gayle Whitworth, University of Florida Extension Agent/IFAS Brevard County Extension; and "Ask A Doc" panel with a lactation specialist, midwife, anesthesiologist and pediatrician. Over 40 informational booths showcasing agencies or merchants will offer their services to young families with soon-to-be newborns or infants under two years old.

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

    For more information call 321-633-1702, or 321-952-4536, ext.245


    Empower Kids with Kidz 'N Power

    Free Interactive Child Safety Seminar Will Focus On Confidence Building

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, February 26, 2010 — Is your child safe? Confidence is the key! When you empower your child, you teach them to confidently make choices. When you teach them to make good choices, you empower them for life.

    Space Coast Martial Arts and ATA Martial Arts are committed to maximizing child safety through the Kidz 'N Power program. Children and their parents are welcome to join a one-hour program on Saturday, March 13, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Parrish Health & Fitness Center, 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, Fla.

    This free open house, co-sponsored by Parrish Health & Fitness Center, will feature "Stranger Danger" role playing, "How to Deal With Bullies," child ID cards and fingerprinting and more! Call 321-268-6200 or email Bridget.Griffin@parrishmed.com for information. Additional information is also available at the Web site www.kidznpower.net.

    ATA schools are the exclusive provider of this educational program in our community. Additionally, ATA has partnered with AMBER Alert (www.AmberAlert.com) to increase AMBER Alert notification via email and personal communication devices. After an AMBER Alert is issued, state-of-the-art technology is used to notify subscribers of a missing child in a specific area.


    MedFast Urgent Care Center coming to Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John

    PORT ST. JOHN, FL (February 25, 2010)—MedFast Urgent Care Centers will open a new location inside Port St. John's largest outpatient healthcare center—Parrish Healthcare Center, located on Port St. John Parkway. The new $1.1 million urgent care center addition will be completed by summer 2010.

    "Parrish Medical Center made the largest healthcare investment in the history of the Port St. John-North Cocoa-Canaveral Groves communities when we constructed the state's first silver LEED-certified green and medically advanced outpatient healthcare center in 2007," said J.J. Parrish III, chairman of the Parrish Medical Center board of directors.

    "The addition of the MedFast Urgent Care Center marks another milestone in the growth of Port St. John and surrounding communities and in the level of healthcare services those communities receive," Parrish said.

    The MedFast Urgent Care Center at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John will provide the community with its first comprehensive, multidisciplinary emergent care facility, featuring emergency room-experienced physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, along with a full complement of advanced treatment and diagnostic imaging services (from labs and x-rays to MRI, CT and more) in one convenient location.

    Because it will be staffed by MedFast emergency room-experienced physicians, the center will offer much more than traditional urgent care services. The new center will treat all types of emergent or urgent illnesses or injuries such as fractures, cuts that need stitches, sprains, asthma/bronchitis/sinusitis, as well as treat abdominal pain, respiratory infections, pelvic pain, headache, infections, influenza, and sports and other injuries. In addition, the center will offer occupational medicine/workers comp and corporate health services, physicals, and vaccinations.

    Maureen Rupe, a Port St. John resident and Parrish Medical Center board member, also serves on the advisory committee of Port St. John and Canaveral Groves residents. She said that community involvement has been an important factor in the decision to open an urgent care center to serve Port St. John, Canaveral Groves and north Cocoa.

    "From the beginning, the citizens of Port St. John, Canaveral Groves and north Cocoa have helped guide the programs and services — and even the design — of their healthcare center," said Rupe. "Through surveys, focus groups and the work of the Port St. John citizen advisory group, the people who live in these communities have made important contributions to the healthcare center's progress and success. Convenient access to primary and urgent care was high on the priority list for residents: Parrish Medical Center listened and brought both to the community."

    "The Parrish mission is healing experiences for everyone all the time, and the Urgent Care Center is another extension of that mission," said George Mikitarian, Parrish Medical Center president and chief executive officer. "That healing mission is why we also have physician offices located at the Parrish Healthcare Center, to serve the people of Port St. John and surrounding communities.

    "The Urgent Care Center will bring the total Parrish investment in Port St. John to more than $35 million," Mikitarian added.

    Among services available now at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John are advanced digital diagnostic technology (digital mammography, CT, MRI, Ultrasound); full-time primary care physician specialists; laboratory services; a sleep disorder center; physical therapy; diabetes education; wound care; occupational therapy; stress testing and other heart-related services.

    About MedFast Urgent Care Center at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John

    • Additional community investment of $1.1 million, bringing the total Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John investment to $35 million
    • Fast & easy access
    • Extended hours: seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Convenient access on Port St. John Parkway to both I-95 and Grissom Road
    • Only North Brevard Urgent Care Center to offer its depth of services, including full-service diagnostic imaging; typical centers have x-ray and lab only
    • Your full record, including images, will be delivered to your physician for his or her review of the results of your visit
    • Will accept most insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield (for Urgent Care services only), and cash payments for services
    • Operated as a part of the nationally recognized and awarded Parrish culture of excellence
    • List of services to be available:
      • Urgent care level services
        • Abdominal pain
        • Asthma/bronchitis/sinusitis
        • Cellulitis
        • Infections (ear, urinary tract, etc)
        • Fractures
        • Gastrointestinal (GI) or genitourinary (GU) complaints
        • General medicine
        • Headaches
        • Lacerations (cuts requiring stitches)
        • Respiratory infections
        • Pelvic pain
        • Sprains/strains
        • Sports injuries
      • Physicals
        • Annual/Basic (ages 18+)
        • Camp, School, Sports
        • College physical
        • Executive physical
        • DOT/DOE/OSHA/Resp.
      • Laboratory (Blood) Testing Services & Screenings
        • Direct Access Testing services (walk-in, no doctor's order needed)
      • Vaccinations/Immunizations

      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. For more information visit healinginnature.com or call 321-636-9393.


      PARRISH MEDICAL CENTER'S ENDOSCOPY UNIT RECOGNIZED BY LEADING GASTROINTESTINAL MEDICAL SOCIETY FOR QUALITY AND SAFETY

      OAK BROOK, Ill. – February 25, 2010 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Titusville, Fla.-based Parrish Medical Center's Endoscopy Unit as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Parrish Medical Center's endoscopy unit is one of 167 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines and have completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.

      "We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit and to be one of only five in the state," said Bernard Vinoski, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist and PMC endoscopy services medical director. "The program course on improving quality and safety provided us with valuable knowledge to continue to give our patients the safest and best care possible."

      Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy.

      "ASGE is delighted to be recognizing these 167 endoscopy units, whose staff work hard every day to provide high-quality care to their patients in a safe environment," said Bret T. Petersen, MD, FASGE, chairman, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. "There continues to be an outstanding response to this program. We are proud to acknowledge these ASGE members through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality."

      About the Program
      To successfully complete the program and receive a Certificate of Recognition, a center must show proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body (AAAHC, Joint Commission); sign an attestation affirming that certain ASGE and CDC guidelines are adopted as minimum requirements of the unit policy; and have a representative of the unit complete the ASGE Recognition Course, "Improving Quality and Safety In Your Endoscopy Unit." The Certificate of Recognition award is granted for a three-year renewable period.

      The program is applicable to all settings in the United States where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers.

      An important component of the program is an educational course that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Honorees attended the "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit" course held in Oak Brook, Ill., in October 2009.

      ASGE and Quality
      ASGE is the profession's leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The Society constantly reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its CME courses, including "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit."

      About Parrish Medical Center
      Parrish Medical Center is a nationally recognized industry leader having earned a number of prestigious recognitions, including America's #1 Healing Hospital; Health Grades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, and Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Awards; Modern Healthcare Magazine's Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Spirit of Excellence Awards; Hospital of Choice Award; National Spirit of Women Premier Hospital; and more Joint Commission disease-specific Gold Seal® certifications than all but two other hospital in Florida. For more information, visit parrishmed.com or call 321-268-6110.


      About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
      Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 11,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

      About Endoscopy
      Endoscopy is performed by specially trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.


      Arcadian Broad, of America's Got Talent Fame, Will Perform at Day of Dance, Saturday February 27

      TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 9, 2010) — If you've got rhythm, or even the occasional urge to "bust a move" on the dance floor, you can groove your way over to Sand Point Park in Titusville on Saturday, February 27 for the fourth annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance. Starting at 11 a.m., Parrish Medical Center will host a fabulous celebration of fitness and heart health for the entire family. Enjoy a day of dance instruction, demonstrations, games, prizes and health screenings as part of the Red Shoe Initiative—a campaign that inspires women and families to get active! Every step counts and admission is free. Arcadian Broad will Perform at Day of Dance

      Featured dancer Arcadian Broad will dance his way into your hearts with his unique dance routines. He'll be performing at 1:00 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.

      A Central Florida resident, Arcadian was a 2009 semifinalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent" TV show playing piano and dancing. He also appeared as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show.

      Arcadian's love for the piano became apparent at an early age and he started formal lessons at age 4. Dance also became one of his passions, and three years of intensive piano and dance studies have put Arcadian on an entertainment fast track.

      His dance training consists of many hours of classes, rehearsals and competitions. Arcadian has received a gold medal at the American Dance Competition and a silver medal at YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix). In 2009 he performed in opening night for the Orlando Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker," and in January 2010 Arcadian was guest artist with the Space Coast Pops Orchestra where he performed the third movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.

      Don't miss this inspirational day of dance that's fun for the whole family. Walk, run or rock on over to Sand Point Park in Titusville on Saturday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and move like you mean it!

      The Day of Dance is brought to you exclusively by Parrish Medical Center, Brevard's only "Spirit of Women" network hospital and America's number one healing hospital. Visit parrishmed.com/dayofdance or call 321-268-6110 for more information.

      CarePlus Health Plans, Inc., the Day of Dance premier sponsor, specializes in Medicare Advantage HMO Plans with almost 10 years of operational experience. Based in Miami, Fla., CarePlus is the third largest Medicare Advantage HMO Organization in the state of Florida.


      Parrish Medical Center Earns Total Joint Replacement
      Gold Seals for Quality from The Joint Commission

      This brings PMC's total number of Gold Seals to nine—
      one of only five hospitals in the nation with as many

      (TITUSVILLE, FLA, Friday, January 29, 2010)—Parrish Medical Center has earned two more Gold Seals of Approval for healthcare quality. The Joint Commission awarded Parrish Medical Center with the Disease-Specific Care certification for both Hip and Knee Joint Replacement. This brings the hospital's total number of Gold Seals to nine, and makes PMC one of only five in the nation to have earned as many Gold Seals from The Joint Commission.

      PMC's nine Disease-Specific Care certification gold seals for quality are in the areas of (1) acute coronary syndrome (heart attack treatment), (2) breast health, (3) diabetes management, (4) heart failure care, (5) hip replacement, (6) knee replacement, (7) palliative care, (8) stroke and (9) wound care. "When we introduced the Parrish Human Motion Institute (HMI) a year ago, we knew we had a top-notch joint replacement program, and achieving these two most recent Gold Seals from the Joint Commission confirms it," said George Mikitarian, PMC president/CEO.

      The Parrish HMI emphasizes a comprehensive, integrated approach that includes prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of bones, muscles and joints. It includes physicians who specialize in orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), and sports medicine. Total hip and knee replacement procedures, for which PMC received the latest Joint Commission certifications, are performed by orthopedic surgeons in the HMI program.

      "We continue to be very proud of our care partners (employees, physicians and volunteers) for working every day to constantly improve and achieve simply amazing results," said PMC Board Chair J.J. Parrish, III.

      To earn this and the other seven distinctions, PMC underwent an extensive, on-site evaluation by Joint Commission reviewers. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards for Disease- Specific Certification through an assessment of the program's processes, the program's ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, the emphasis on patient self-management, and interviews with patients and staff. The tracer methodology process, used in the interview process, tracks the patient's progression through the program, facility, and ultimately discharge and sometimes post discharge.

      To achieve the Gold Seals of Approval, PMC must consistently meet four specific quality measures for patients undergoing a hip or knee replacement for the next two years:

      • Compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP): Ensure antibiotics are administered appropriately and timely both pre- and postoperatively
      • Compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) for the implementation of appropriate and timely venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
      • Patient Satisfaction: Garnering high patient satisfaction scores in regard to pain management
      • Diabetes Intervention: Monitoring patient glucose levels pre- and postoperatively and intervening appropriately to decrease risk of infection
      "In addition to meeting the rigorous Joint Commission standards for disease-specific care, what really distinguishes PMC is our dedication to our mission—healing experiences for everyone all the time," said Gloria Velez-Barone, director of Parrish Human Motion Institute program.

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      About Parrish Medical Center

      Parrish Medical Center is a nationally recognized industry leader having earned a number of prestigious recognitions including America's #1 Healing Hospital, HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hospital of Choice Award, Modern Healthcare's Spirit of Excellence Award for Service, National Spirit of Women Premier Hospital, Commission on Cancer Accreditation with Commendation, and more Joint Commission disease-specific Gold Seal® certifications than all but two other hospitals in the nation. For more information, visit parrishmed.com or call 321-268-6110.

      About The Joint Commission

      The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate disease management and chronic care services that are provided by direct care providers such as hospitals and home care vendors, as well as health plans and disease management service companies. Organizations may seek certification for clinical programs for virtually any chronic disease or condition.

      About the Parrish Human Motion Institute

      Parrish Medical Center is one of a select group of medical centers around the country to offer the Human Motion Institute® (HMI), a new concept in orthopedic and musculoskeletal care. The Parrish HMI emphasizes a comprehensive, integrated approach that includes prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of bones, muscles and joints. It includes physicians who specialize in orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), and sports medicine. HMI physicians offer, but are not limited to, the following: bone and muscle care, fracture care, joint replacement, joint reconstruction, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive surgery, osteopathic manipulative therapy, outpatient rehabilitation, pain management care and surgery.


      Parrish Medical Center Ranked in Top Five Percent In the Nation for Quality and Service

      One of only three Florida hospitals recognized for both Outstanding Patient Experience and Clinical Performance by HealthGrades, the Leading Independent Healthcare Ratings Organization Titusville, Florida (January 26, 2010) – Parrish Medical Center announced today that a new study ranks its clinical quality among the top five percent in the nation. The study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization in the country, analyzed patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 nonfederal hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and named hospitals in the top five percent as HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.

      "This, coupled with having just earned HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience award for 2009/2010 makes Parrish Medical Center one of only a handful of hospitals in America to earn top honors for both clinical and service excellence from this prestigious healthcare ratings organization," said Parrish Medical Center Chairman of the Board, Jay Parrish, III.

      According to HealthGrades, of the more than 5,000 American hospitals only 30 total and three in Florida (Baptist Hospital of Miami, Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville and Parrish Medical Center) received the 2010 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and the 2009/2010 Outstanding Patient Satisfaction Award.

      Every year since opening its leading-edge healing environment in 2002, PMC has earned a steady stream of national recognitions for clinical, service and workplace excellence proving they are among the best-of-the-best hospitals in the industry.

      "Any organization, healthcare or otherwise, can only achieve this level of continuous excellence through its people," said Parrish Medical Center President/CEO George Mikitarian. "And I am very proud to say that PMC care partners (employees, medical staff, volunteers and board members) are among the finest healthcare professionals anywhere."

      This newest accomplishment places Parrish Medical Center in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation, according to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study.

      Parrish Medical Center, and the other hospitals in the top five percent, demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals. Patients admitted to these hospitals had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 29 percent lower than all other hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, 9 percent lower than all other hospitals.

      Parrish Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals that received this distinction from HealthGrades. In 2010, Parrish Medical Center also received 5-star ratings for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and sepsis, according to HealthGrades.

      "Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes, not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time," said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study. "Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital's accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation."

      The study states: "Patients who choose to receive their care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence certainly will have a lower risk for an adverse clinical outcome relative to all other hospitals."

      As a group, Parrish Medical Center, and those identified as being in the top five percent in the nation, improved their mortality rates at a faster pace than all other hospitals. Over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 the HealthGrades study found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence lowered their risk-adjusted mortality rates over the three years by an average of 14%, compared with a 10% average improvement of all other hospitals.

      Methodology

      This is the eighth year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the study, the company reviewed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

      Editor's note: A full copy of the study is available at http://www.healthgrades.com or by contacting Scott Shapiro at sshapiro@healthgrades.com.


      Dianne and Bobby Goldsboro To Visit The Children's Center Respite Care Program

      Dianne and Bobby Goldsboro
      Bobby and Dianne Goldsboro will be at The Children's Center in Titusville on Saturday, December 5 for the Respite Care Program.
      A service for both typically developing and special needs children

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 30, 2009—The Children's Center, located at 5650 S. US 1 in Titusville, will welcome special visitors to the Respite Care program on Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children ages 1-15 can participate in this monthly program, but space is limited to the first 45 children. Seniors whose caregivers could benefit from an afternoon of respite care will also be included in this month's program, and up to five seniors can be accommodated. For more information and to participate in respite care, please call 264-0855 or email childrenscenter@parrishmed.com.

      The Respite Program this Saturday, December 5, will include Bobby Goldsboro, the legendary singer/songwriter, and his wife Dianne. Bobby became famous for his number one hit song "Honey," which was the largest-selling record in the world in 1968. But it is Dianne's interest in children with special needs that will bring them from their home in Ocala to the Space Coast for a visit to the Titusville respite care program. Dianne was born with Spina Bifida, and because of personal medical challenges, she's had a lifelong commitment to working with children who have special needs. Dianne spends much of her time visiting children's hospitals and programs and donating Swamp Critters, stuffed animals and other items from the popular television show created by her husband Bobby. She does all these things just to put a smile on a child's face.

      The Children's Center, an affiliate of Parrish Medical Center, offers a variety of learning and early development programs for area children. The Children's Center consists of six local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. It annually serves nearly 1,300 children and their families. The Children's Center is located at 5650 S. Washington Avenue in Titusville. For more information call the Children's Center at 321-264-0855 or visit parrishmed.com or www.parrishchildrenscenter.com.


      Meet Real Reindeer at Parrish Medical Center's Gift of Light

      Reindeer Sunday, December 6, 2009
      3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
      Everyone is welcome.

      You'll find something for everyone, from little ones to seniors. Children's crafts will keep little hands busy and give them something to take home. Children can also have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside PMC. Outside they can see live reindeer, including a baby reindeer, take a kiddie train ride, rock out with the Radio Disney AM990 Road Crew, sing along to your favorite holiday carols and meet WFTV's Tom Terry, who will host the holiday show from the outdoor stage. The lighting of the 50-foot holiday tree, donated by the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, will take place around 6:00 pm.

      The event is free and open to the public.

      Individuals have an opportunity to purchase a light on the 50-foot tree in honor or memory of a loved one as a donation to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF). Funds raised through the purchase of a light on the tree benefit the Parrish Health Village, a unique healing environment that combines the ambiance and attractiveness of a small town setting with specialized care for older adults and their families. For more information about making a donation to the JPMF, please call 321-269-4066 or to make an online donation visit the foundation's home page.

      Gift of Light is a community event sponsored by the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation with support from Atlantic Business Systems, Benton House, Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, CIGNA and PMC Medical Staff.


      Get Ready for the Holiday Season with the Gift of Light at Parrish Medical Center

      Parrish Medical Center's Gift of Light You'll find something for everyone, from little ones to seniors. Children's crafts will keep little hands busy and give them something to take home. Children can also have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside PMC. Outside they can see live reindeer, including a baby reindeer, take a kiddie train ride, rock out with the Radio Disney AM990 Road Crew, and meet WFTV's Tom Terry, who will host the holiday show from the outdoor stage. The lighting of the 50-foot holiday tree, donated by the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, will take place around 6:30 pm.

      The event is free and open to the public.

      Click Here To View Video From Last Year's Gift of Light

      Individuals have an opportunity to purchase a light on the 50-foot tree in honor or memory of a loved one as a donation to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF). Funds raised through the purchase of a light on the tree benefit the Parrish Medical Health Village, a unique healing environment that combines the ambiance and attractiveness of a small town setting with specialized care for older adults and their families. For more information about making a donation to the JPMF, please call 321-269-4066.


      All About You
      (L-R) Event co-chair Katherine Musick and chairwoman Linda Fliss present a $7,606 check to Parrish Medical Center Oncology Program Coordinator Marsha Richardson and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board Chair Jason Snodgrass. The money raised at the fourth annual "All About You" event is earmarked for the breast health program at Parrish Medical Center.

      "All About You" Event Raises More Than $7,600 for Women's Health

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 20, 2009—The fourth annual "All About You" event, held at La Cita Country Club on October 24, 2009, saw more than 400 women enjoy a day of festivities especially for women. The day included food, holiday shopping, and exclusive items to bid on including themed gift baskets valued at between $600 $1,600, and a gold and diamond necklace. Proceeds will benefit the Parrish Medical Center Breast Health Program. Event Chairwoman Linda Fliss presented a check for $7,606 to Parrish Medical Center Oncology Program Coordinator Marsha Richardson, and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Board Chair Jason Snodgrass.

      The mission of JPMF is to build partnerships with people who have a common interest in insuring continued healthcare excellence for the residents of North Brevard. Through staff and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives in North Brevard County. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066.


      Free Family Healthy Living Seminar at The Children's Center

      Nutraceuticals: What You Should Know About Vitamins and Supplements

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, November 20, 2009—Join board-certified family practice physician Anita Spitz at The Children's Center on Wed., Dec. 9, from 10 am to 11 am for a free Healthy Living Seminar. The Children's Center is located at 5650 South Washington Ave., Titusville. Dr. Spitz will offer families health and wellness education on the use of vitamins and supplements.

      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 seven local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. The Children's Center is located on Highway U.S. 1 in Titusville. For more information, visit parrishmed.com.


      WFTV Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry to Emcee Parrish Medical Annual Gift of Light Holiday Event

      TITUSVILLE, FL, October 16 , 2009 -- Parrish Medical Center is pleased to announce WFTV Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry will be the official emcee at its annual Gift of Light holiday event. This free public event will be held on Sunday, December 6, from 3 pm to 6 pm at Parrish Medical Center located at 951 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Fla.

      "During the infamous 2004 hurricane season, Tom Terry's expertise and accuracy made him the most watched meteorologist in Central Florida," said Natalie Sellers, hospital spokesperson. "We are thrilled to have him serve as master of ceremonies for our annual Gift of Light event."

      Annually this popular, traditional holiday event attracts more than 1,000 people from around North and Central Brevard. "Families enjoy seeing the 22 multicultural holiday displays in the hospital and many families use our holiday displays as backdrops for their family holiday photos and cards," added Sellers. Other event attractions include:

      • Photos with Santa & Mrs. Clause
      • Children's crafts, games, train rides and prizes
      • Holiday tree auction sponsored by the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce
      • Meet live reindeer
      • Gingerbread cookie decorating
      • Fun and games with the Radio Disney AM 990 Road Crew
      • Live entertainment on the outdoor stage by the Mistletones, Strolling Carolers, Brevard Symphony Orchestra Brass quintet, and community performing groups
      • WFTV Channel 9 and Lite Rock 99.1 live remotes
      • Tree lighting at 6 pm; a spectacular 50-foot outdoor tree generously donated by the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary
      The event is free and open to the public. Individuals will have an opportunity to purchase a light on the 50-foot tree in honor or memory of a loved one as a donation to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF). Funds raised through the purchase of a light on the tree benefit the Parrish Medical Health Village, a unique healing environment that combines the ambiance and attractiveness of a small town setting with specialized care for older adults and their families. For more information about making a donation to the JPMF, please call 321-269-4099.


      Compassion and Competence: Caring in Times of Crisis

      Brevard County Chaplains Day For Networking And Learning

      The Second Annual Brevard County Chaplains Day is scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2009. The one-day gathering will be held at Wuesthoff Hospice and Palliative Care, 8060 Spyglass Road, Viera, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

      Chaplains serving in any capacity in Brevard County—law enforcement, fire, crisis response teams, military, port, jail/prisons, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and schools—are encouraged to attend this day for networking and learning.

      "Last year's event was a very successful first effort and we are exited to offer another excellent program for Brevard County Chaplains this year," said The Reverend Robert Bruckart, chair of the planning committee.

      Speakers for this year's Chaplains Day include keynote speaker Reverend Jake Popejoy, PhD, LCDR Jay Bergstresser, and Andrea Miller, MD.

      Reverend Popejoy has served as chaplain to the FBI and was on scene for several notable disaster events, including the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Opening and closing the event, Reverend Popejoy will address "Ministry Beyond the Traditional Mindset" and "Ministry in a Pluralistic Society."

      LCDR Bergstresser will speak on his recent deployment in Afghanistan and "Bringing Peace in the Midst of War."

      Dr. Miller will speak on the important and difficult task of "Breaking Bad News."

      A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is free, but space is limited. Early registration is recommended.

      For more information or to make your reservation for the Second Annual Brevard County Chaplains Day, contact Danielle Cowin at danielle.cowin@health-first.org.

      Event Committee:
      Chair, Robert Bruckart, Director of Pastoral Care, Health First
      Jon Arnold, Manager of Pastoral Care, Cape Canaveral Hospital
      Danielle Cowin, Education Coordinator, Health First Center for Learning
      Jerald Smith, Director of Pastoral Care, Parrish Medical Center
      Ann Taylor-Owen, Chaplain, Wuesthoff Hospice and Palliative Care

      Rev. Dr. Jerald Smith
      Director of Pastoral Care
      Parrish Medical Center
      951 N. Washington Ave.
      Titusville, FL 32796
      Ph. 321.268.6333 ext.3526
      Fax 321.268.6283
      Jerald.Smith@parrishmed.com


      Parrish Medical Center Pharmacy Director Named to State Board
      Michael Mustard, RPh, has been Pharmacy director since 1988.

      Michael Mustard, RPh TITUSVILLE, FL (September 25, 2009) — Michael Mustard, RPh, Parrish Medical Center's Pharmacy director, was recently appointed to the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) board of directors for a three-year term. FSHP is a professional association of pharmacy practitioners that promotes and supports the continual improvement of pharmaceutical care and the profession of pharmacy as an essential component for the delivery of health care. FSHP is the second largest health-system pharmacist-oriented organization in the country, second only to California.

      Mustard received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has been with PMC since 1978 and Pharmacy director since 1988. Mustard has held a number of positions in professional organizations including the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, Dean's National Advisory Board; chairperson of VHA-Southeast Pharmacy Directors Council; and president and secretary of the Central Florida Society of Hospital Pharmacists, among others. Mustard has also earned his Six Sigma Green Belt.


      Parrish Medical Center Board Votes no Taxes for the 15th Straight Year

      TITUSVILLE, FL (September 24, 2009) — For the 15th straight year, no taxes will be assessed to support operations of Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

      PMC's board of directors voted unanimously during a September public hearing to set the millage rate at zero.

      PMC is a public community hospital, and state law gives the North Brevard Hospital District the authority to set a tax rate to back hospital operations.

      However, unlike most public hospitals, the Parrish Medical Center board has for 15 years chosen not to use tax dollars as a means of funding the hospital, said PMC Board Chairman J.J. Parrish III.

      "We are pleased to continue to take this position on behalf of the community we serve," he added.

      North Brevard County Hospital District, doing business as Parrish Medical Center, is located at 951 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796. Parrish Medical Center is proud to serve the patients of its district area, which includes area from the Volusia County line to the Beach Line, SR 528.


      Parrish Medical Center named one of the 100 best places to work by Modern Healthcare magazine

      Titusville, FL (September 9, 2009) —Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by business magazine, Modern Healthcare. The magazine released the 100 best list on Tuesday, September 9.

      Modern Healthcare conducts this program to recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on the national level. The program collects information from both the employer and employees and is open to all healthcare companies (providers, suppliers, payers) with at least 25 employees. Employees were randomly selected for a survey on their work experience. Eight core areas were analyzed including:

      • Leadership and planning
      • Culture and communications
      • Role satisfaction
      • Working environment
      • Relationship with supervisor
      • Training and development
      • Pay and benefits
      • Overall satisfaction
      Employers also complete a survey detailing company policies, practices and benefits, and demographics.

      "Being named one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work is a unique and prestigious honor. Not because it was awarded by a national magazine from a pool of some 5,000 U.S. hospitals and as many, if not more, suppliers and payers. It's unique and prestigious because it was awarded to PMC by the employees who make the difference between good organizations and great ones," said PMC Board Chair Jay Parrish, III.

      In an email PMC Board Member Peggy Crooks wrote, "This is great news and reflects the concept that everyone is an integral part of a working team, and if everyone does their job to the best of their ability, everyone gets to partake in the reward of a job well done. I hear employees and members of the auxiliary state that they are so proud to be associated with Parrish. How exciting!"

      "We voluntarily invite frequent and stringent reviews of our service and quality practices, as well of our workplace practices," said PMC President/CEO George Mikitarian. "Taking care of the people who take care of people by providing a healing workplace is paramount to being a healing hospital. We thank our more than 1,200 PMC care partners for this newest honor, and we thank our friends and neighbors of North Brevard for the privilege and honor to serve their health and healing needs."

      For more information on the 2009 Modern Healthcare "Best Places to Work" visit www.ModernHealthcare.com/bestplacestowork.

      In addition to the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare honor, PMC has also earned such distinctions as Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Nurse Advance Magazine Reader's Choice Award, Three-time winner of America's #1 Healing Hospital award by the Baptist Healing Trust, Spirit of Excellence Award for Service from Modern Healthcare, Discovery Award for Exceptional Patient Experiences, American Alliance of Healthcare Provider's Hospital of Choice Award, Designated as a National Spirit of Women Premier Hospital for excellence in women's health, and seven Joint Commission disease-specific Gold Seals earned—more than all but seven hospitals in the U.S.: primary stroke, diabetes, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, wound care, breast health, and palliative care.

      Parrish Medical Center is a 210-bed, public, not-for-profit, community medical center, nationally recognized as "one of America's finest healing environments®." The medical center is located on Florida's Space Coast at 951 North Washington Avenue, Titusville, Fla. For more information visit parrishmed.com.


      Parrish Medical Center Receives Outstanding Patient Experience AwardTM From HealthGrades

      Patients Rate Parrish Medical Center Among Top 10% in the Nation for Satisfaction, Including Staff Responsiveness, Quiet Rooms, Well-Controlled Pain

      TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA (August 6, 2009) – Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce that it has received the 2009/2010 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. A representative from HealthGrades will present the award to hospital officials on Wednesday, August 19 at 2 pm, during a special ceremony to be held in PMC's atrium.

      Hospitals receiving this award rank in the top 15 percent or better in terms of patient satisfaction, as measured by survey results of patients gathered under an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services covering the year ending June 2008. PMC's results place them among the top 10% in the nation. The results were analyzed by HealthGrades.

      For hospitals receiving the HealthGrades award, 57% more patients gave that hospital a 9 or 10 on a 10 point scale for overall patient satisfaction, compared with the worst-performing hospitals.

      The national, standardized survey, called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems or HCAHPS, assesses patients' perspectives of the hospital care they received, including physician and nurse communication, cleanliness, noise levels, medication information and post-discharge care instructions.

      "We are incredibly proud that our patients and HealthGrades have rated us among the best in the country for patient experience," said Jay Parrish, Parrish Medical Center Board Chairman. "Our nurses, doctors and administration work hard every day to ensure our patients have outstanding care during their stay, from clear communication to vigilant pain management to a quiet environment in which to rest. It's a core part of what we do, and we're grateful for this acknowledgement."

      Comparing the top 15 percent of eligible hospitals to those in the bottom 15 percent, the surveys showed:

      • 57% more patients at the highest performing hospitals gave their hospital a 9 or 10 on a 10 point scale for overall patient satisfaction
      • 57% more patients at the highest performing hospitals would definitely recommend the hospital to their family and friends.
      • 44% more patients at the highest performing hospitals reported receiving help as soon as they asked for it.
      • 34% more patients at the highest performing hospitals reported that it was always quiet at night.
      • 32% more patients at the highest performing hospitals reported that staff always explained medications prior to giving them.
      • 28% more patients at the highest performing hospitals reported that their room and bathroom were always clean.
      • 26% more patients at the highest performing hospitals reported that their pain was always well controlled.
      Methodology
      To identify the top-performing hospitals, HealthGrades analyzed survey results for the 3,711 hospitals nationwide that participated in the HCAHPS program during the study time period to determine which hospitals scored highest on the surveys. Hospitals had to meet bed size, survey response size, and clinical-quality thresholds in order to be eligible for the award. The methodology is available at www.HealthGrades.com.


      Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Completes First Phase of Work on the Taylor Dunn House

      Taylor Dunn house on its new foundation, June 15, 2009.
      Rood & Zwick Inc., Architects in Association, donated a rendering of the 1910 Taylor-Dunn House as it will appear once renovated. The house will be used as a foundation house and welcome center for events and fund-raisers and will open in the summer of 2010 at the Health Village at Main Street PMC in Titusville. The Parrish Medical Center and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) first-of-its-kind project is being partially funded through philanthropy. It will centralize services for seniors and families in a healing environment reminiscent of a small town. Pictured from left are JPMF Chairman Jason Snodgrass, JPMF Executive Director Laurie Smirl, Rood & Zwick Principal Architects Jack Rood and Travis Kerr, PMC Medical Center Developer Christopher Male, and PMC Vice President of Nursing Edwin Loftin – Main Street PMC project leader.
      TITUSVILLE, FLA, July 23, 2009— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) recently completed project work associated with a $48,825 Small Matching Historic Preservation Grant awarded by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

      This grant partially covered the architectural and engineering design for the restoration and expenses to relocate the 1910 Taylor-Dunn House and build a new structural foundation. The house was permanently lowered onto its new foundation on June 15, 2009. With the final placement of the 100-year-old Taylor-Dunn house, work on the long awaited Health Village at Main Street PMC has formally begun.

      JPMF is only $500,000 away from concluding the initial phase of its first ever $3.5 million capital campaign for the Health Village at Main Street PMC project. By summer 2010, JPMF expects to open the Taylor-Dunn house as the Foundation House and welcome center for the Health Village.

      "We look forward to hosting fund-raisers and gatherings inside the Taylor-Dunn house where we will lovingly preserve and showcase some of our local heritage and artifacts in this authentic historical setting," said Laurie Smirl, JPMF executive director. "In the fall, two other historic houses will be relocated on either side of Taylor-Dunn. This significant grouping will serve as the entryway for the Health Village, and will take our visitors back in time to the compassion and healing of a small town community," Smirl added. Plans for the overall project will be unveiled later this year.

      The Foundation recently recruited the assistance of Rood & Zwick Architects to produce a rendering of the historic houses as they will look once restored on the site. "We are able to create a digital drawing of the entire site that can be viewed from any perspective, and our artist can then create a true watercolor rendering of any aspect of the project," stated Jack Rood, principal with the architectural firm. "We were very pleased to help the foundation and Parrish Medical Center with this innovative project," Rood added.

      The Bureau of Historic Preservation is an organization within the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources that reviews and administers applications for cultural and historical preservation grants awarded by the Florida Legislature each year. This was the second grant awarded by the Bureau to the JPMF for the Health Village, bringing the combined total to more than $75,000 in public funding.

      Through staff and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives such as the Health Village at Main Street PMC. This project will offer North Brevard residents an innovative solution and bring generations together around a common purpose of lifelong health and well-being. For more information, call 321-269-4066.


      The Children's Center receives grant funding for special needs bikes

      Special bikes for both typically developing and special needs children

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, June 10, 2009—The Children's Center, located at 5650 South US 1 in Titusville, received a $2,000 grant from the Margaret R. Binz Foundation, Inc., a Brevard County charitable organization, to purchase a variety of special bicycles for both typically developing and special needs children at the center.

      The Children's Center, an affiliate of Parrish Medical Center, offers a variety of learning and early development programs for area children. The lack of adequate playground equipment prompted the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to submit the request for funding to the Margaret Binz Foundation.

      The bikes create opportunities for children to practice and develop their large muscle skills, essential for future learning and success. With the increased number of special needs children being served at the center, the bicycle purchase not only provides therapeutic training, but also the opportunity for the children to manipulate the bicycles independently.

      The Children's Center consists of six local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. It annually serves nearly 1,300 children and their families. The Children's Center is located at 5650 S. Washington Avenue in Titusville. For more information call the Children's Center at 321-264-0855 or visit parrishmed.com.

      The mission of JPMF is to build partnerships with people who have a common interest in insuring continued healthcare excellence for the residents of North Brevard. Through staff and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives in North Brevard County. Its two signature projects are The Health Village at Main Street PMC and The Children's Center. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.


      Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Awards 20 Scholarships

      WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009, TITUSVILLE, FLA — The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary awarded 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to high school and college students for the 2009–20010 school year. Recipients live in the North Brevard County Hospital District and are pursuing a career in a health-related field.

      This year's scholarship winners were:

      • Astronaut High School: Jessica Fitts, Nicole Jordan, Christopher Mirabile and Brittany Poteet
      • Titusville High School: Kavita Chapla, Mausam Chokshi, Sarah Facemire and Samantha Gheen
      • Space Coast Jr./Sr. High: Yoendry Lopez and Lexis Strobel
      • Edgewood Jr./Sr. High: Brianna Brandon
      • Brevard Community College: Alexander Baker, Jill Baldwin, David Morse and Melanie Stroup
      • University of Florida: Neal Delvadia, Kenneth Estes, Alexandra Parrish and Steven Raymond
      • University of South Florida (online): Margaret (Peggy) Niehoff

      The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary is a volunteer organization with more than 350 adult and teen volunteers. Auxiliary members give their time and talents throughout Parrish Medical Center and its off-site facilities, and they administer the Pink Angel Gift Shop.

      Parrish Medical Center, located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida, is a 210-bed, not-for-profit public medical center serving North Brevard County for more than 50 years. PMC was voted America's # 1 Healing Hospital three years in a row and named a Modern Healthcare Magazine Spirit of Excellence Award Winner. The medical center has been awarded seven disease specific certification gold seals from the Joint Commission in acute coronary syndrome, breast cancer, diabetes education, heart failure, palliative care, stroke and wound healing. For more information, visit parrishmed.com.


      MEDIA ADVISORY

      What: Historic Taylor Dunn house to be Moved from BCC-Titusville Campus to Parrish Medical Center Campus

      When: 7 a.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009 (the move will take only about 15 minutes)

      Where: From BCC-Titusville Campus, west on Oak Grove Road, then south on northbound lane of US1 to southwest corner of PMC main campus

      Why: Historic Taylor Dunn house will be moved onto its permanent structural foundation later in the month. It will mark the entrance and create the formal beginning of the Health Village at Main Street PMC, an intergenerational program where the needs of seniors can be met in one charming location reminiscent of a small town. The Taylor Dunn house will be renovated and used as the JPMF's philanthropy center.

      For information, contact: Natalie Sellers or Kathie Coon at 268-6110.


      May 20, 2009

      Parrish Medical Center designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 20, 2009— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The award is presented only to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence by earning ACR accreditation in all the college's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation program and components, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

      This means PMC's mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy imaging services are all fully accredited. Accreditation is determined through peer-review evaluations by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. PMC achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

      Only 23 hospitals, clinics or health centers in Florida have earned this distinction.

      PMC voluntarily went through ACR's rigorous review process to ensure it met nationally accepted standards. This process certifies that PMC care partners, through education and certification, are well qualified to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments. It also means PMC has the appropriate equipment for a patient's prescribed test or treatment, and that quality assurance and safety guidelines are always met or exceeded. The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

      Parrish Medical Center is an award-winning 210-bed, acute care, not-for-profit medical center that has served North Brevard for over 50 years. PMC is nationally recognized as one of America's finest healing environments.® It has earned a gold seal for excellence and quality in Breast Health from the Joint Commission, the premier accrediting organization for healthcare systems in the nation, plus six other disease-specific gold seals. For more information visit parrishmed.com or call 321-268-6110.


      May 13, 2009

      Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awards 20 scholarships

      TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 13, 2009—The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $16,050 in scholarships to 20 high school and college students for the 2009-2010 school year. Recipients live in the North Brevard County Hospital District and are pursuing a career in a health-related field. The JPMF has been awarding scholarships to deserving students since 1990.

      This year's scholarship winners were: Rachel Browne, Jessica Fitts, Haleigh Mounger, Brittany Poteet and Brittany Turner – Astronaut High School; Ariel Marie Letts and Lexis Strobel – Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; Kavita Chapla, Mausam Chokshi and Sarah Facemire – Titusville High School; Alexandra Baker – Brevard Community College; Rebecca Kahrs – Florida State University; Michael Webster-Gardiner – Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University; Douglas Doud – Mercer University; Christina Reinhold – University of Central Florida; Edith Bracho-Sanchez, Kenneth Estes, Alexandra Parrish and Steven Raymond – University of Florida; and Melanie Stroup – University of South Florida.

      The mission of JPMF is to build partnerships with people who have a common interest in insuring continued healthcare excellence for the residents of North Brevard. Through staff and volunteers, JPMF has raised funds to support healthcare initiatives in North Brevard County since 1983. Its two signature projects are currently The Health Village at Main Street PMC and The Children's Center. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066.


      May 12, 2009

      Brevard County School Board names Parrish Medical Center Business Partner of the Year

      Titusville, FL —Parrish Medical Center (PMC) was named Business Partner of the Year by the Brevard Schools Foundation and Brevard Public Schools by two local schools—Titusville High School and Mims Elementary. All public schools in Brevard County partner with a local business and the two schools partnered with PMC to support educational programs. Alexandra Gutierrez, RN, BSN and PMC education coordinator accepted the two awards on the medical center's behalf at the May 1 awards ceremony.

      "I was very proud and happy to accept the recognition plaques on behalf of PMC," said Gutierrez. "To be recognized as Business Partner of the Year by two schools in North Brevard County is truly an honor." Lisa Alexander, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs for PMC oversees PMC's People Development department, which coordinates the various school partnerships. She said, "PMC is grateful to have the ability and resources to provide students with learning opportunities to prepare them to become productive members of the community."

      PMC offers multiple guest speakers and other support to each school for a variety of classroom settings throughout the school year.


      May 11, 2009

      Jess Parrish Medical Foundation recognizes 18 Local Women For Their Spirit Of Philanthropy

      TITUSVILLE, FLA. — From a field of 18 nominees, the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation awarded five North Brevard women with Spirit of Philanthropy awards at the first annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Titusville Playhouse. The event was held in conjunction with Parrish Medical Center's Spirit of Women Red Shoe Reception, an event to promote heart-healthy lifestyles through step, walk and dance. Those honored were:

      Patricia Manning, Ed.D.
      Patricia Manning, Ed.D., Lifetime Achievement award winner, was unable to attend the awards gala, but was honored in absentia. Ms. Manning accepted her award via video.
      Patricia Manning, Ed.D., Titusville, Fla. – Lifetime Achievement award winner, which recognizes a remarkable woman (age 55+) for a lifetime of achievements in making positive differences within the community. Early in her journey she broke barriers by receiving a doctoral degree in education at a time when most women did not go to college. Manning has earned a number of distinctions from her peers including the first woman to earn an Excellence in Teaching Award, Teacher of Year (several times) and honored as an Outstanding Educator in America. Since retiring from teaching, she has diverted her energy and passion to educating the community. She serves as a volunteer for many human service agencies and was named Woman of the Year by the Brevard County Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, she has made Alzheimer's prevention and education one of her many missions. She was instrumental in the development of three Alzheimer's Centers in Brevard and continues her support of the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation. She has also been instrumental in the development of the planned Health Village at Main Street PMC project, a one-of-a-kind initiative that brings healthy aging resources and services together within what will be another trademark PMC healing environment.

      Mausam Chokshi, Titusville High School senior – Rising Star award winner, which recognizes an Outstanding Young Philanthropist between the ages of 14 and 20. Chokshi is an active member of the Health Occupations Students of America Club, and volunteers for numerous community events such as Alzheimer's Walk, Autism Speaks, Valentines for Vets and Adopt a Nursing Home for the Holidays. She is a teen volunteer for Parrish Medical Center, where she has logged over 500 hours of volunteer service.

      4Spirit Of Philanthropy award winners
      Shown with their Spirit of Philanthropy Awards are (L-R), Janet Rooks, Community Hero award; Mausam Chokshi, Rising Star award; Marialice Knight, RN, Healthcare Hero award; and Aja Assad of Aja's Salon & Day Spa, Business Hero award.
      Janet Rooks, MSW, Merritt Island, Fla. – Community Hero award winner, which recognizes an Outstanding Woman of Philanthropy between the ages of 21 to 54. Rooks made helping older adults age gracefully her life's work. This outstanding woman is a social worker by trade. She has developed a one-stop resource for healthy aging and caregiver support. She facilitates support groups of people caring for aging parents or loved ones; teaches high schoolers about aging; coordinates community courses on the subject; and serves on a number of civic organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Legal Aid Society, and the Brevard Commission on Aging.

      Marialice Knight, RN, Titusville, Fla. – Healthcare Hero award winner, which recognizes an Outstanding Clinical Professional and Philanthropist. Knight has dedicated her life to cardiovascular care. She is an excellent clinical professional. She has provided nearly 1,000 free peripheral artery disease (PAD) screenings. She has conducted countless community seminars to educate people, especially women, about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Her passion for her cause has resulted in her becoming a mentor to other Spirit of Women hospitals around the country. She was invited to present 'Models that Work" at the National HeartCaring Conference in Chicago in 2008 and has been invited back again this year. In addition to HeartCaring, she also served as a United Way Loaned Leader, among many other volunteer capacities.

      Aja Assad of Aja's Salon & Day Spa, Titusville, Fla. – Business Hero award winner, which recognizes a local Spirit of Women Network Business Partner who is dedicated, through their business, to making a meaningful difference that results in a healthier, safer and stronger family-friendly community. Assad is a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society who donates her time and talent to the Look Good Feel Better and Locks of Love programs. This businesswoman has made cancer prevention her priority. She teaches cancer patients how to care cosmetically for scars and wounds that result from treatment or therapy and provides scarves, wraps, hairpieces and specialized cosmetic products for women battling cancer. She also participates in the Relay for Life, Titusville Rotary Club, The Gulf Restoration Network to support healthy drinking water and preserving the Gulf's most pristine waters including the St. Johns and Suwannee Rivers in Florida, and Cut it Out – Salons against Domestic Abuse.

      The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation began The Spirit of Philanthropy Award as an extension of the national Spirit of Women initiative sponsored by Parrish Medical Center. The Spirit of Philanthropy honors and celebrates the power and passion of women leaders who actively contribute their time, talent or treasure to make our community a better place to live, work and raise families.

      "We are extremely proud of all the women who were nominated in this inaugural event," said Laurie Smirl, executive director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. "We knew there were women living and working in North Brevard who give unselfishly of themselves for the benefit of the community, so we were extremely pleased when our selection committee was presented with 18 women of such diverse backgrounds and passion for what they do.

      "They all deserve a medal for their contributions," she added.

      Other nominees in one of the five categories were Nancy Eberlin, George Anne Goggins, Rachel Hartos, Julie Kable, Hillary Lynch, Judy Morter, Pam Myers, Lindsay Raub, Lynda Tempest, Barbara Terhune, Rachel Terry, Pamela Tronetti, DO, and Authrine Whyte, MD, PhD.

      Parrish Medical Center is central Florida's only Spirit of Women Network hospital and has earned the prestigious Spirit of Women Premier Hospital designation for excellence in women's health. The designation is awarded only to hospitals that meet and/or exceed national women's health standards of excellence, as defined by the Office of Women's Health and Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). As part of a comprehensive evaluation process, PMC demonstrated innovation and excellence in women's programming across the board and earned the designation as a Premier Hospital by meeting 100 percent of the standards and earning an overall perfect score. The Premier Hospital designation is earned by hospitals that meet or exceed at least 80 percent of the standards. The National Standards of Excellence in Women's Health require focus on women-centered care, call-to-action education, and access to care in the following seven areas:

      1. Integration of a focused community assessment
      2. Implementation of comprehensive life-stage programming
      3. Sensitivity to community diversity and cultural differences
      4. Strategic alignment of women's service lines
      5. Leading innovation and outreach initiatives
      6. Managing a process for quality improvement
      7. Multidisciplinary approach to care
      For more information visit www.parrishmed.com.


      Parrish Medical Center Employees Raise $130,000 for Hospital Transportation Program

      TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 30, 2009) — Parrish Medical Center (PMC) employees raised $130,000 in their first ever three-year employee giving campaign that concluded in February 2009 with a check presentation to the Parrish Medical Center board of directors.

      Co-chaired by Thomasina Middleton, PMC financial analyst, and Nancy Rhinelander, PMC Finance program assistant, the Parrish employee Circle of Giving committee rallied employees to select a project that would make the most impact in their community. Funds raised by employees were matched dollar-for-dollar by PMC to support the Healing in Motion van transportation program, which brought the program total to $260,000. In operation since April 2007, the van transports seniors and others without transportation to and from the hospital. It will also be used in the same way for transport to and from the Health Village at Main Street PMC when it opens in 2010 on PMC's campus.

      Since the program was initiated, approximately 100 patients per month have been given transportation, according to Security Manager Deena Ellis. Security oversees the PMC van program and the head driver is PMC security officer Robert Kinne.

      "We knew PMC employees really cared about the community, but I never imagined we could raise the money, buy the van, hire a driver and put the Healing in Motion transportation service in place for our community," said Thomasina Middleton, one of first co-chairpersons for the Circle of Giving and a current committee volunteer. "I am so proud of my fellow employees and the Circle of Giving committee that helped make this program happen," she added. The Circle of Giving committee is an extension of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF). The mission of JPMF is to build partnerships with people who have a common interest in ensuring continued healthcare excellence for the residents of North Brevard County. Through staff and volunteers, JPMF raises funds to support healthcare initiatives in North Brevard County. Its two signature projects are The Health Village at Main Street PMC and The Children's Center. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066.

      Check presentation March 2, 2009.
      Parrish Medical Center employees raised $130,000 for the Healing in Motion transportation program to give rides to and from Parrish Medical Center to patients with no other means of transportation. Funds raised purchased the van and fund operational expenses. Employee funds were matched by Parrish Medical Center to allow the program to expand for the benefit of the community. Shown presenting a check to J.J. Parrish III (left), chairman of the Parrish Medical Center board of directors, and Richard Boggs, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation chairman-elect (holding opposite end of the check) are PMC Circle of Giving employee committee members Elaine Wessinger, Kathie Coon, Mindy Bachmaier, Deena Ellis (Security manager who oversees the program), Tommi Middleton, Sharon Griffis, Nancy Rhinelander, Ryan Hieronymus (behind Rhinelander), Wendy Warner, Paul Fender, Ray Howard, Jerald Smith and Robert Kinne, primary van driver. Circle of Giving committee members not shown are Melissa Clapp, Leslie Marquez, Bill Moore-executive sponsor, Edie Stiner, Jimmy Wolford and Holly Woolsey.


      Parrish Medical Center granted state approval to perform elective angioplasty and stenting

      TITUSVILLE, FL (January 22, 2009)—The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which regulates hospital services, has granted Parrish Medical Center (PMC) approval to perform elective coronary angioplasty and stenting. This comes just over one year after the medical center sought and earned approval from AHCA to perform these procedures on an emergency basis.

      "This is truly exciting news," said PMC Chairman of the Board Jay Parrish, III. "This latest achievement is another example of Parrish Medical Center's commitment to quality and excellence. We, the entire board of directors, are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication required by everyone involved to earn this achievement on behalf of the community we serve."

      "Earning state approval to perform elective angioplasties was our goal over a year ago when we applied for, and earned, emergent approval," said PMC President/CEO George Mikitarian. "We knew legislation was being considered to expand AHCA rules from emergent to elective, so our team was proactive in developing a world-class cardiovascular program to a level that exceeds national quality best-practices," said Mikitarian.

      "Hospitals everywhere are striving to shorten the time a heart attack patient waits before receiving angioplasty," said board-certified Interventional Cardiologist Biju Mathews, MD. "Our time-to-treatment not only exceeds national best practices standards, but our team outperforms even those centers with open-heart surgery on-site," said Mathews.

      "The national best practice time-to-treatment goal is 90 minutes. PMC's time-to-treatment is 60 minutes or less, which is a full 30 minutes better than the best-of-the-best nationally," added Harvard-trained board-certified Interventional Cardiologist Ravi Rao, MD.

      The state requires and evaluates quality indicators like time-to-treatment, training of staff and cardiologists and other indicators as part of its approval process.

      Coronary angioplasty is a procedure performed inside a catheterization lab to open clogged arteries in response to a heart attack. The procedure quickly restores blood flow through blocked arteries without the need for invasive open-heart surgery.

      "With the advances in technology today, open-heart really is a last-resort intervention," said Rao. "A majority of heart interventions and treatments can and are effectively performed in a catheterization suite and we are fortunate to have the newest, state-of-the-art cath suites available anywhere right here at PMC," Rao added.

      PMC's cardiovascular program includes highly credentialed, board-certified interventional cardiologists Chapman Bean, MD, Biju Mathews, MD, and Ravi Rao, MD, and board-certified cardiologists David McMahon, MD, Kiran Modi, MD, Naresh Mody, MD, and Surya Rao, MD.

      Cardiovascular services provided at PMC include:

      • Cardiac catheterization
      • Emergent coronary angioplasty and stenting
      • IVUS – Intravascular Ultrasound
      • Peripheral angiography, angioplasty, stenting and atherectomy
      • Carotid angiography
      • Permanent pacemakers, including biventricular pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)
      • Cardiac and peripheral ultrasound, including echocardiograph, carotid artery and lower extremity arterial studies
      • AACVPR certified cardiac rehabilitation (outpatient)
      • Stress testing and all routine cardiac tests and treatments

      Complementing the cardiovascular services at PMC are the four disease-specific Gold Seals for excellence and quality in the areas of Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Diabetes and Stroke from The Joint Commission, the premier accrediting organization for healthcare systems in the nation. PMC has earned a total of seven Gold Seals for quality and excellence, more than any other hospital in the area. In addition to those related to cardiovascular disease, PMC has Gold Seals in Breast Health, Palliative Care and Wound Healing.



      Parrish Medical Center, nationally recognized as one of America's finest healing environmentsTM, is an award-winning, 210-bed, not-for-profit public medical center serving North Brevard for more than 50 years. For more information, visitwww.parrishmed.com.



    3/30/2009