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Parrish Medical Center

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

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About Parrish Medical Center

      Parrish Medical Center (PMC), a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is located at 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, Florida. The 210-bed, not-for-profit acute care public medical center has been serving Brevard County for nearly 60 years.
PMC is nationally recognized as One of America’s finest healing environments®. PMC has earned top rankings on The SafeCare Group’s Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals® since 2015. The Joint Commission consistently names PMC as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, recognizing PMC for “exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care.” The hospital has earned straight “A” safety ratings (2012-2017) from The Leapfrog Group. In 2014, Consumer Reports recognized PMC as Florida’s safest hospital. PMC, as compared to other U.S. hospitals, maintains top-tier national rankings for clinical outcomes, safety and patients’ experiences.
      For more information about Parrish Medical Center, its programs and services, please visit www.parrishmed.com or call 321-268-6110.


About The Children's Center
The Children's Center, an affiliate of Parrish Healthcare, offers a variety of learning and early development programs for area children. Located at 5650 South U.S. 1 in Titusville, The Children's Center consists of eight local partner agencies working together to meet the needs of children. The center annually serves nearly 2,000 children and their families. Visit The Children's Center online at parrishchildrenscenter.com.
About Parrish Healthcare
Parrish Healthcare, America’s first Joint Commission Integrated Care Certified network, includes: Parrish Medical Center, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member and one of the nation’s most recognized hospitals for clinical quality, patient safety, and healing environments; Parrish Medical Group, NCQA certified patient-centered medical homes; and Florida Health Network, a coalition of healthcare providers, insurers and others working together to improve quality and safety and lower healthcare costs on behalf of individuals, families and businesses. For more information, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com.
About Parrish Medical Group
Parrish Medical Group, a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. PMG's physicians are specialized in many areas of medicine and together, have one common goal - to provide coordinated, comprehensive healthcare to its patients. PMG physicians recently united to better serve patients from Port Canaveral and Port St. John to Titusville. In practice as independent physicians for many years, Parrish Medical Group represents family practice and internal medicine along with many specialties. Visit parrishmedgroup.com.
About Parrish Health & Fitness Center
Parrish Health & Fitness Center is North Brevard's only medically integrated wellness center. It features state-of-the-art strength and cardiovascular training equipment, multiple weight-training rooms, two indoor heated pools, personal fitness training, wellness coaching, more than 80 weekly group fitness classes, and much more. Located at 2210 Cheney Highway (Hwy 50) Titusville, FL 32780. Call 321-268-6200 for more information, or go online to parrishhealthandfitness.com.
About Parrish HealthCare Center at Port St. John
Parrish Healthcare Center, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John, is an eco-friendly, diagnostic healing environment featuring laboratory and nuclear medicine services; comprehensive imaging (Xray, Ultrasound, Mammography, CT/MRI, etc.) services; rehabilitation therapy services; as well as Medfast Urgent Care Center; Parrish Sleep Disorders Treatment Center; Parrish Wound Healing Center; and Parrish Medical Group physicians (located on second floor). Parrish Healthcare Center is a Parrish Healthcare regional integrated care partner. For more information visit parrishmed.com/programs-services/healthcare-center-at-psj. or call 321-636-9393.
Parrish Sleep Disorders Center of Port St. John
is a four-bed sleep center where studies are done seven days/nights a week. Diagnostic testing is done for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, maintenance of wakefulness test, nocturnal seizures, and shift-work sleep studies during the day. Continuous follow-up care for Sleep Apnea is also done for patients with CPAP machines.
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Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center
Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center is a service of Parrish Medical Group (PMG), North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Target Shopping Plaza. For appointments, call 321-268-6MRI (6674). Lab services are available until 3 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.
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The Parrish Medical Group Diagnostic Center is located east of the Target Building.
About Jess Parrish Medical Foundation
Through philanthropy and volunteerism, JPMF supports Parrish Medical Center’s mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time®. JPMF partners with the community to raise funds that sustain and enhance healthcare services in North Brevard County. Whether caring for seniors or helping children reach their full potential, JPMF is helping improve, transform and save lives. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com.
The Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral.
About the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral
located at 390 Challenger Road (just off George King Blvd. across from Cruise Terminal 1). Parrish Healthcare has opened a new healthcare facility at Port Canaveral that will provide a primary care/walk-in clinic as well as occupational medicine services, workers' compensation care, diagnostics, physical therapy, industrial rehabilitation and sleep disorder services. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 321-633-8640. or visit OUR WEBSITE.
About the MedFast Urgent Care Center in Port St. Johnl
The Medfast Urgent Care Center in Port St. John offers fast, professional diagnostics and medical treatment for many of the same injuries and illnesses as Emergency Rooms in a faster, more convenient environment. Located in the Parrish Healthcare Center, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John, FL 32927. Phone: 321.633.8620
About Parrish Medical Group
Parrish Medical Group, a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. PMG's physicians are specialized in many areas of medicine and together, have one common goal - to provide coordinated, comprehensive healthcare to its patients. PMG physicians recently united to better serve patients from Port Canaveral and Port St. John to Titusville. In practice as independent physicians for many years, Parrish Medical Group represents family practice and internal medicine along with many specialties. Visit parrishmedgroup.com or call 321-268-6PMG (6764)
The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary
The PMC Auxiliary, Inc. was formed in 1959 for charitable and educational purposes to promote and advance the welfare of Parrish Medical Center consistent with the goals and objectives of the hospital as approved by its governing board. The Auxiliary donates thousands of dollars yearly to hospital programs and projects, as well as scholarships for students pursuing a degree in a health-related field. The PMC Auxiliary helps in hundreds of ways, large and small, to make one of America's finest healing environments® even better. For more information about the PMC Auxiliary or to become a volunteer, please call 321 268-6333 extension 7183.
For volunteer opportunities visit parrishhealthcare.com/volunteer or call 321-268-6333 ext. 7182.
About Parrish Senior Solutions
A service of Parrish Medical Center, Parrish Senior Solutions, 805-A Century Medical Drive, Titusville, Fla., assists seniors and caregivers (spouse, children, family member or friend) with finding the services and information they need. Geriatric patients and their caregivers will find information about support services, educational materials, and information about health concerns and community resources. It also serves as a lifeline to long-distance caregivers—children who do not live in the area but want to ensure their parents and loved ones have the services and support they need.
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About the A.W.A.K.E. Support Group
The A.W.A.K.E. support group is part of a national network of voluntary support groups affiliated with the American Sleep Apnea Association. The ASAA, founded in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of sleep apnea, works for continuing improvements in treatments for this serious disease, and advocates for the interests of sleep apnea patients. The ASAA is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research, and continuous improvement of care.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, please visit www.mayoclinic.org/about/ and www.mayoclinic.org/newsPRESS RELEASE.
The Parrish Cancer Center.
Parrish Cancer Center
Parrish Medical Center and OMNI Healthcare have joined forces to provide the services and technology you expect from a world-class cancer center. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Parrish Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic are working together giving you access to the latest clinical research and cancer treatment options available anywhere. For more information, visit WEBSITE .
About OMNI Health Care
OMNI Healthcare is a multi-specialty physician group practice formed by physicians practicing in Brevard County, Florida. This physician-owned and physician-managed organization came together for the purpose of providing high-quality medical care to the citizens of Melbourne and surrounding areas. The physicians of OMNI Healthcare are committed to the highest standards of quality and comprehensive healthcare. OMNI includes physicians in the primary care specialties of internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics, as well as physicians in various subspecialties such as cancer care and surgery. For more information, visit www.omnihealthcare.com .
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at cap.org.
About Oncology Resource Networks
Oncology Resource Networks (ORN) is committed and dedicated to the delivery of value based cancer care. ORN bridges the gap between payers and providers building common ground in evidence based medicine and patient centered care while enhancing affordability. ORN provides oncologists with the tools necessary to transform their practices from volume practices to value based practices. ORN's core offering is a value based provider network representing physicians throughout the country committed to value based care. ORN provides physicians with access to the Oncology Value Optimizer, a population health software tool that measures and promotes quality care while enhancing efficiency, and provides physicians with incentives to deliver cost effective cancer care. ORN supports payers by managing the transition to value based contracting models and innovative payment methodologies. ORN develops and implements programs that improve practice performance and can support provider success in the CMS Oncology Care Model and other value based payment methodologies. For more information, visit www.oncologyresourcenetworks.com .
About Parrish Early Care and Education
The Parrish Early Care and Education (PECE) program opened its doors in November 2002. Since then, PECE has become an integral part of The Children’s Center, a partnership of community agencies whose collaborative vision is to develop a family-friendly environment where children are assisted in their development regardless of their abilities or socio-economic status. PECE offers quality care to children ages six weeks through five years. The overall goal is to provide services that will enhance the child’s individual health and growth, ultimately preparing students for kindergarten. PECE practices a model of inclusion by offering special education and therapy services to children with varying levels of development. The classroom teachers work closely with parents and use resources on site as needed from the exceptional education consultant, speech, occupational, physical therapists, and behavior consultants in order to optimize each child’s potential.

Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Junior Achievement for Hands-On Learning Day

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 17, 2024) — In collaboration with Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, health science students from Cocoa High School recently visited Parrish Medical Center for an exciting hands-on learning day presented by Parrish Healthcare's Education Team. The event provided students with an invaluable opportunity to explore the world of healthcare and gain insights into potential career paths.

The hands-on learning day was organized in partnership with Junior Achievement of the Space Coast to inspire and educate young minds about the healthcare industry. Parrish Care Partners generously shared their knowledge and experience, answering students' questions and offering advice on pursuing careers in medicine.

During the visit, students experienced a variety of activities designed to give them a firsthand look at various hospital operations. Activities included practicing CPR on interactive mannequins, understanding required personal protective equipment necessary prior to surgery, the proper process for putting on a surgical cap, gown and mask, correct handwashing techniques and an interactive fire simulation that allowed students to practice using a fire extinguisher.

"The hands-on activities the health science students from Cocoa High got to experience could potentially be life-altering." said Candice Hodge, Vice President of Education at Junior Achievement of the Space Coast. "Either a student was sparked into pursuing a pathway into the medical field, hopefully returning to join the Parrish team one day, or a student realized they liked fictitious television hospital dramas more than being in one and still has time to course-correct. It's a win for everyone, and Junior Achievement can't thank Parrish enough for taking the time to help ensure our local students are successful!" she continued.

Parrish Healthcare's President and CEO, George Mikitarian, a Junior Achievement alum and Hall of Fame Laureate himself, also had the pleasure of speaking with the students. "We appreciate the opportunity to welcome Junior Achievement members to our medical center again for this educational event. It was a pleasure to share our passion for healthcare and provide students with an immersive experience that could shape their career paths." said Mikitarian.

The event was well-received by students and teachers alike, who expressed their gratitude for the chance to learn directly from medical professionals. The visit also highlighted the importance of community partnerships that foster education and career development.

Amanda Mannes, a career and technical education teacher at Cocoa High School, accompanied students for the day. "We were so excited to be welcomed back by Parrish and really appreciated Dr. Mikitarian taking time out of his day to talk with us. The hands-on activities that were organized for my students made such an impact. We truly appreciate everyone who took time out of their day to educate us. It was a great day and we look forward to working with Parrish again."

For more information about Junior Achievement of the Space Coast and its programs, please visit spacecoast.ja.org. For additional information about Parrish Healthcare and other community outreach initiatives, please visit parrishhealthcare.com.

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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic

Continues to Draw Sell-Out Crowd and Exceed Fundraising Goal

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 17, 2024)—More than 100 sponsors, 53 teams, 212 players and dozens of volunteers participated in the annual two-course Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 5, at Indian River Preserve Golf Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. Since 2011, the tournament has raised more than $775,000.

The law firm of Zumpano Patricios presented the 18-hole scramble for the tenth consecutive year. JPMF hosted another sell-out crowd at this year’s tournament and exceeded its fundraising goal of $70,000, raising more than $80,000 to benefit The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

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. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

“My family would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors, committee, volunteers, course partners and everyone that played a role in the extraordinary success of the event. We are honored to be able to preserve our father’s legacy and continue to support the children and families in need of the vital services provided by The Children’s Center,” stated Amy Craddock, tournament co-chair.

Event partners included Presenting sponsor Zumpano Patricios. Platinum-level sponsor HHS; and Gold-level sponsors were Injury Centers of Brevard, RUSH Construction, Inc. and RW Services, LLC. Silver-level sponsors included MedFast Urgent Care Centers, LLC, Regions Bank; and UBS Financial Services / Susan Morse & Daniel Levy. Bronze-level sponsors were Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; The Broome Law Firm/Chris & Kelley Broome; Certified Plumbing of Brevard, Inc.; Cintas Corporation; Coastal Health Systems of Brevard; Randy and Mary Coleman; CPS; Parrish Home Health / LHC Group; Howard W. Rinker, D.D.S.; and The Watauga Company. Supporting-level sponsors included 626; Advanced Care Partners PPEC; Drs. Allotta, Parry, Musto and Bataille; Carmona Pathology Associates, P.A.; Herman and Joyce Cole; Florida Health Care Plans; Mary Haddad-Mauzy / Coldwell Banker Coast Realty; Edwin and Nancy Loftin; McDonald’s – The Rodriguez Family; MEC General Contractors; The Mikitarian Family; Palm Point Behavioral Health; Ron Norris Buick, GMC, Honda, Ford; Greg and Kathy Sparkman & Allen and Diane Taylor Families; Termine’s Specialty Supply of Melbourne; Bill and Rachel Terry; and WFTV – WRDQ. Par-Tee-level sponsors were Atlantic Enrollment Solutions; GEICO Titusville; RW Services, LLC; Mary Haddad-Mauzy / Coldwell Banker Coast Realty; Space Coast Credit Union; and System Tech Services, Inc. Beverage sponsor was Cara Fisher – State Farm Insurance. Breakfast sponsors were Firehouse Subs at Titus Landing and McDonald’s – The Rodriguez Family. Cart sponsor was Florida Power and Light Company. Hole Sign sponsors included A1 Orange; Claudine Brandon / Golf 1, Inc.; Santi Bulnes; CMI / Spacelabs; Edward Jones – Casey Crouch; Marty & Terry Lee; MOMAR, Inc.; St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care; and US Lawns of Brevard. In-kind sponsors included Barefoot Bay Golf Course; Beef O’Brady’s – Titusville; Brevard Zoo; Color Bar; Costco; Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant; el Leoncito Mexican & Cuban Restaurant; Ericka Jacobs; Flamingo Key Realty; Hyatt Place Titusville/Kennedy Space Center; Indian River Preserve Golf Course; Nadine Itani; Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Kingdom Kutz; La Cita Golf & Country Club; MedAesthetics; Milwaukee Tool; Kathy Myer; Orlando Solar Bears; Parrish Home Health / LHC Group; PieZano Pizzeria; Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Redfish on Fly / Backcast Charters; Regions Bank; River Lanes Family Entertainment Center; Simply Amazing Boutique; Leigh Spradling; Suite Caroline Salon and Spa; Systems Tech Services, Inc.; The Cheesecake Factory; The Great Outdoors; Titusville Playhouse; and Wawa-Titusville. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the tournament.

“We are overjoyed by the tremendous support the tournament continues to receive, and are thrilled to have so many organizations and community partners join us to make a difference in the vital work of The Children’s Center,” said Leigh Spradling, tournament co-chair.

Taking home top honors were the men’s division first-place teams of Steve Ellenbrook, Tim Fields, Jeff Marr, and Mike Pavick at The Great Outdoors, and Tim King, Bobby Hopper, Tommy Merchant and Keith McCoy at Indian River Preserve Golf Club. The mixed division first-place teams included the foursomes of Paul Reas, Paul Joseph Reas, Susie Reas and Blake Upchurch at Indian River Preserve, and Lynne Anderson, Harold Gero, John Gero and Susan Jensen at The Great Outdoors.

Amy Craddock and Leigh Spradling, event co-chairs, led the tournament planning committee that included members Santi Bulnes, Nadine Itani, Kathy Myer, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Greg Sparkman and Kristina Weaver.

Next year’s tournament is scheduled for April 4, 2025. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, or to secure your 2025 event partnership today, contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.



Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Physician Assistant Katie Pate, MPAS, PA-C

Katie Pate
Katie Pate
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 16, 2024)-Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome orthopedic physician assistant Katie Pate to the Brevard community. Pate joins the practice of Parrish Medical Group Orthopedics conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center, 5005 Port St. John Parkway Suite 2200, Port St. John, FL 32927 and Parrish Healthcare Center, 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780.

Pate is a graduate of the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program in Paris, Tennessee and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon. She is passionate about assisting patients in regaining their functional mobility post-surgery and increasing their overall quality of life.

Her professional areas of interest include joint reconstruction/ arthroplasty, orthopedic trauma surgery as well as non-operative treatment of chronic conditions to assist patients with returning to their prior activity level. In her free time, Pate enjoys scuba diving with her husband, traveling locally and abroad and spending time with her two dogs.

The Parrish Medical Group Orthopedics team of Care Partners specialize in the newest techniques and technology to solve common to complex orthopedic problems, including but not limited to osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) and VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, an advanced technology designed for digital precision and accuracy in total joint replacement. New patients are welcome, most insurance plans accepted. To schedule an appointment, or for more information visit parrishhealthcare.com.

Parrish Medical Group Primary Care Welcomes Gary Chee Seng Oh, BSc Hon, MD

Dr. Oh
Gary Chee Seng Oh, BSc Hon, MD

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 12, 2024)—Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Gary Chee Seng Oh, BSc Hon, MD. Dr. Oh is a Family Medicine Physician with Parrish Medical Group Primary Care.

Dr. Oh received his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and Saint James School of Medicine in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent and Grenadines. His clinical specialties for patients of all ages include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and injury, management of chronic conditions, lifestyle medicine, wellness and preventive screenings, as well as health counseling and patient education.

Dr. Oh is a board-certified physician with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine and American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a member of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Medical Council of Canada.

Dr. Oh's professional passions include lifestyle medicine, neurosciences/mental health, mind and body health, physical fitness and athletics. Dr. Oh will be conveniently located in the Parrish Healthcare Center in Port Canaveral at 390 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. New patients are welcome. Most insurance plans accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 321-633-8640.

For more information about Dr. Oh, Parrish Medical Group, or primary care at Parrish Healthcare, visit parrishhealthcare.com.



Parrish Healthcare Opens Fourth Outpatient Lab Services Location

Parrish Health and Wellness now offering Outpatient Laboratory Services

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 2, 2024)-Parrish Healthcare, on April 1, opened its fourth outpatient laboratory services location at its Parrish Health and Wellness site, conveniently located at 3065 Columbia Boulevard, Suite C104, Titusville, Florida 32780. Outpatient laboratory services, including but not limited to, routine blood tests, glucose tests, lipid panels, urine tests, stool tests, drug tests, and more, are available Monday through Friday from 7AM- 3:30PM. Walk-in appointments are welcomed.

Parrish Healthcare's four convenient outpatient laboratory locations are:
      1. Parrish Medical Center, 951 North Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida
      2. Parrish Healthcare Center, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John, Florida 32927;
      3. Parrish Healthcare Center, 250 Harrison Street Titusville, Florida 32780;
      4. Parrish Health and Wellness, 3065 Columbia Boulevard, Suite C104, Titusville, FL 32780.

All Parrish Healthcare outpatient laboratory sites are accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960s and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to, or more stringent than, the government's own inspection program. The accreditation program is internationally recognized and is the only one that utilizes a team of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors.

For more information about our outpatient laboratory or diagnostic services visit our website Parrishhealthcare.com.



RE: OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY

Dear Parrish Healthcare Care Partners, Friends, and Neighbors, Recently in Tallahassee, Parrish Care Partners’ ability to continue our public, not-for-profit mission was protected from being inadvertently damaged or destroyed.

Parrish Healthcare House Bill 739, which was considered but did not pass, could have forced the sale of North Brevard County Hospital District’s Parrish Medical Center. Such a measure would have potentially compromised the hospital’s ability to care for you or your loved ones if there was a forced sale to a for-profit company.

We respect the legislative process and are pleased that it worked as intended. We believe the bill would have had profound negative consequences for both health care access and affordability in Brevard County. We will, of course, continue to operate transparently, and look forward to working collaboratively and in partnership with our legislators while remaining steadfast in our commitment to advancing affordable, high quality health care in the communities we serve. Additionally, we are sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support received from our fellow healthcare colleagues and the community at-large.

As an independent special district established under Florida law, Parrish is subject to, and compliant with, Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws (s. 286.011, F. S.) and Florida’s Public Records Laws (Ch. 119, F. S.). As an example of the transparency with which Parrish Medical Center operates, you can view a video recording of the most recent Parrish Medical Center semi-annual report provided to members of the Titusville City Council on our website (https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/about-us/governance-and- leadership/reports-to-city-council/). Additionally, we publish our meeting minutes, agendas, financials, and community health needs assessment, among other information, on our website: www.parrishhealthcare.com.

Formed in 1958 by the State of Florida, we are proud to operate Brevard’s only continuously independent, not-for-profit, public community hospital. Although designated as a special district, the Parrish Medical Center nine-member Board of Directors (who are locally appointed by the elected City Council and Brevard County Commission) has not levied any taxes for nearly 30 years.

We also operate as the lowest cost provider of healthcare in the region in continuing our commitment to provide access to affordable, high quality health care. And, while keeping your health care costs low, we also invest many millions of dollars to address community health needs and services to the poor and underserved that would otherwise not be available. In fiscal year 2022, we invested $42.9 million in charity and other uncompensated care; and in fiscal year 2023, we invested another $31.7 million.

Frankly, HB 739 was unnecessary as current Florida Statute Sec.155.40 already allows for such a decision to be made by the local Board of Directors if it finds that the sale or lease is “in the best interests of the affected community.” What is in the best interest of our community is of paramount concern and, with that in mind, current law makes the most sense.

As a public, community health system, we appreciate being held accountable to the people within the communities we serve. We value transparency and delivering high standards of patient care. It is why we continuously invite rigorous review of our clinical programs by many of the nation’s leading health care quality and regulatory accrediting bodies. To this end, on March 7, 2024, it was announced that - after passing a rigorous review of our operations, quality and service - the prestigious Cleveland Clinic accepted Parrish Medical Center as the first member of “Cleveland Clinic Connected” in the United States.

Every person deserves access to quality health care provided within safe, healing environments. Parrish Medical Center is proud to serve our community with transparency, honor and distinction.

Sincerely,
George George Mikitarian, Jr.
President/CEO



Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for April

TITUSVILLE, FL (March 28, 2024) - Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The April 2024 schedule is as follows:

Parrish Healthcare's Fearless Café
A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

  • When: Wed., April 3; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville — Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP — For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Mom's Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

  • When: Mon., April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children's Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms Parrish Healthcare

    Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

  • When: Mon., April 8; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville — Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES — For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare's Amputee Support Group of Titusville
    A safe and supportive environment for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference as well as their family. Join us for resources, education, fellowship, refreshments, and snacks on the second Tuesday of every month.

  • When: Tues., April 9; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, Parrish Healthcare Center Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy, Port St. John — For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/amputeesupport

    Parrish Healthcare's Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thurs., April 11, 25; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville — Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP — For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you've experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tues., April 16; 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville — Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP — For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parents)/guardian(s).

  • When: Wed., April 17; 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: The Children's Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist — For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wed., April 17; 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville — Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN — For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A. W. A. K. E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Mon., April 8; 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John — For additional information, please contact the Sleep Support team, at 321-268-6408.
  • To register, visit https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/sleep

    Kidney Smart Class
    Take control of your kidney health by attending a 90-minute, no-cost Kidney Smart class led by expert educators in your community. You'll learn about chronic kidney disease and its causes, diet and nutrition, benefits of employment and managing insurance, and treatment choices that may be available to you.

  • When: Thurs., April 25; 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville — For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/ kidneysmart

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn't easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

  • When: Tues., April 30; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Jennifer Wolowitz, Tobacco Free Florida 407-889-2292 ext. 102 For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/ guitsmoking For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Healthcare Serves as Presenting Sponsor for SMILE From Within Community Event

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 25, 2024)-SMILE From Within, a community event designed to tackle the importance of having a healthy mind and body and destroy the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction, took place this past Saturday, March 23. Parrish Healthcare was proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.

    "The purpose of today's event is to highlight the importance of a healthy mind and body for everyone within our North Brevard community. Supporting events like SMILE From Within is one more way we serve to extend the reach of our vision of Healing Families-Healing Communities." said Robert Jordan, Chairman of the Parrish Medical Board of Directors. "There is hope and potential in each and everyone of us here today, simply because you showed up.

    This is how each of us make a difference." The free event, open to children ages seven to fourteen, took place at Gibson Center Fields in Titusville. Participants attended a youth football training or cheerleading camp. J. T. Hassell, an NFL football player and former Brevard native, led the rotation of several football training activities throughout the day. NFL cheerleaders Courtney Cadore and Jonet Nichelle ran the cheerleading camp that later performed a learned routine for all in attendance.

    SMILE From Within was organized and hosted by All Black, a community engagement company for change, in partnership with the Hassell Foundation, Brevard Prevention Coalition and Move Into The Light.


    Parrish Healthcare Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 19, 2024)- Parrish Healthcare is excited to celebrate Certified Nurses Day—an annual day of recognition for and by health care leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition and service.

    Celebrated since the 1980s, every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities and health care providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty. Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute their talents through national board certification in their specialty. Parrish Healthcare is proud to celebrate twenty nurses who are board certified in their specialty.

    Kristina Crabtree, Parrish Healthcare's People Development Manager, explains the significance and additional workload for nurses to obtain a certification. "When a registered nurse decides to work towards becoming a certified nurse, they are voluntarily taking an extra step in their education to demonstrate a level of competence and knowledge in their field of nursing." Kristina is among our Care Partners being celebrated, as she's earned a Nursing Professional Development Certification (NPD-BC). "Becoming a certified nurse is a fantastic professional development opportunity and shows dedication to the nursing profession."

    Robert Chambers, a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON), explains how his certification has encouraged him to become a better nurse. "Certified nurses are specialists in their respected fields, giving them a unique opportunity to effect positive change, supporting their organization and community beyond traditional bedside care." Robert continues, "During my career, I've had the pleasure of participating in such occasions, focusing on patient care, program development and staff education."

    Another Care Partner at Parrish Healthcare, Riley Sills, holds two nursing certifications: Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). "These two certifications have allowed me to learn evidence-based standards of practice applicable to every ICU or ER across the country. They have increased my knowledge of certain modalities and treatment plans and allowed me to have a better understanding of what is going on with my patients."

    Of Parrish Healthcare's twenty certified nurses, four Care Partners work exclusively within the Women's Center and hold certifications in perinatal care. Holly Malcom, who holds an Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification (RNC-OB), recalls why she originally wanted to become a nurse. "When I was ten years old, my older brother was sick. I was so fascinated with the nurses caring for him. I decided then that I would become a nurse." Holly explains how her certification, which requires a renewal every three years, impacts her as a Care Partner within Parrish Healthcare, "I feel having this certification keeps me current with evidence-based best practice and allows me to navigate the labor and delivery process and manage obstetric emergencies more efficiently, therefore allowing me to be a better nurse."

    Congratulations and thank you to the following Care Partners who are celebrated today on Certified Nurses Day: Stella Barrett, Shannon Burdine, Robert Chambers, Kristina Crabtree, Elizabeth Culpepper, Axelrave Dominguez, Monika Fitzsimmons, Heather Focht, Kristi Foreman, Nicholas Gumieny, Shannon Luker, Olivia Maggs, Holly Malcom, Joseline Medina, Peggy McLaughlin, Imee Perez, Riley Sills, Angela Sima, Kimber Whitehurst and Ellen Wright.


    Parrish Healthcare First in Brevard to Use VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution Technology

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 13, 2024)-Parrish Medical Center is excited to share that Orthopedic Surgeon Matthew Musto, DO, is the first in Brevard to use and offer the VELYST™ Robotic-Assisted Solution-advanced technology designed for digital precision and accuracy in total knee replacement.

    Every knee is different, as is every patient requiring a knee replacement procedure. Patients are often looking for the latest technology as they aim for improved outcomes, increased movement and shortened recovery time. The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution technology helps surgeons perform a knee replacement with the use of data that's tailored to each patient's anatomy. This technology helps ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility and help patients recover faster.

    Dr. Musto, who currently serves as Parrish Medical Center's Director of Total Joint Replacement, completed his orthopedic fellowship training at the Minnesota Center for Orthopedics. Dr. Musto was the first surgeon to be accepted for the one-year fellowship, and it was here that he gained experience in robotic-assisted total knee replacement.

    "Advanced technologies in joint replacement surgery have been growing quickly in the past few years." exclaims Dr. Musto. "The addition of advanced imageless robotic technology is a powerful tool that allows me improved precision and to make adjustments in half of a millimeter increments. This also allows me to personalize a surgical plan for each patient all without the need for expensive, time consuming advanced imaging prior to surgery. This also cuts down on radiation exposure for the patient."

    Dr. Musto earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree with honors at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also holds a Master's degree in Medical Science and Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Dr. Musto has offices conveniently located in Port Saint John at 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Suite 2200, Port Saint John, FL, and Titusville at 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL. New patients are welcome and most insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Musto, please call (321) 433-2247.

    For more information about the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, Dr. Musto or Parrish Medical Center, visit Parrish. VELYSRobotics.com.


    Parrish Medical Center Becomes a Cleveland Clinic Connected Member

    First Cleveland Clinic Connected Member in the United States

    Thursday, March 7, 2024, CLEVELAND, OH and TITUSVILLE, FL: Cleveland Clinic and Parrish Medical Center, a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, jointly announced that Parrish Medical Center has become a member of Cleveland Clinic Connected. After passing a rigorous review of Parrish Medical Center's operations, quality and service excellence, Cleveland Clinic has accepted Parrish Medical Center as the first domestic member of Cleveland Clinic Connected.

    Founded in 1958, Parrish Medical Center is the region's only independent, public, not-for-profit community hospital nationally recognized for its patient-centered healing environment. Parrish Medical Center has eamed a number of national distinctions, including, but not limited to, Joint Commission- certified Primary Stroke Center; Commission on Cancer-certified oncology program and Surgical Quality Partner of the American College of Surgeons; among many others.

    Cleveland Clinic created Cleveland Clinic Connected to respond to increased global demand for quality healthcare. The collaborative program enables hospitals and healthcare organizations to connect with Cleveland Clinic's clinical and operational experts to enhance patient care, quality and safety. Through program membership, healthcare facilities benefit from clinical and operational support and best practices developed during Cleveland Clinic's 103-year history.

    As a Cleveland Clinic Connected member, Parrish Medical Center clinicians will be able to access educational opportunities either at Cleveland Clinic or through distance learning, as well as best practices and protocols that are used at Cleveland Clinic locations worldwide. Parrish Medical Center physicians will also be able to request educational consultations of complex cases. In addition, Parrish's staff can access Cleveland Clinic's continuous quality improvement and advisory services, plus education and training including clinical observership programs.

    Ranked as one of the world's top hospital systems - according to Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2023 List – Cleveland Clinic has 23 hospitals and more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and London, England.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Parrish Medical Center as the first U.S. member of Cleveland Clinic Connected,” said Jim Cotelingam, Cleveland Clinic Chief Strategy Officer. “This collaboration with Parrish underscores both organizations' dedication to safety, quality and excellence in care for patients. Together, we are focused on enhancing the healthcare experience for the communities we serve."

    The goal of the Cleveland Clinic Connected program is to build a global network of independent, like- minded, quality-focused organizations that have a positive impact on patient care. Experts from Cleveland Clinic work with hospitals and health systems to ensure the highest standards of patient care delivery, enhancing operational efficiencies, and supporting the professional development and education of clinical and non-clinical staff.

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    The partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Parrish Medical Center will also wekome Cleveland Clinic as an integrated care partner of Parrish Healthcare's Joint Commission-certified Integrated Care system. Parrish Healthcare remains the nation's first and only health system to earn Integrated Care certification from The Joint Commission.

    Additionally, the partnership will also bring Cleveland Clinic’s world-class telestroke program to Brevard County. Parrish Medical Center’s Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center introduced its telestroke program in 2012. With this new partnership, the telestroke program will continue at Parrish Medical Center.

    When patients identified with stroke arrive at the emergency department (ED) of a partner facility, emergency physicians perform a rapid assessment, order a CT scan and then request a telestroke consult. Within minutes, a Cleveland Clinic stroke neurologist will work remotely with the ED staff. Together they check vital signs, perform an examination, review results of the CT scan and make treatment recommendations.

    Since its inception, the Cleveland Clinic telestroke program has supported over 30 hospitals or freestanding EDs; and has completed over 20,000 evaluations; and administered over 1,800 doses of clot-busting medication.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for March

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 29, 2024) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The March 2024 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

  • When: Wed., Mar. 6; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

  • When: Mon., Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease. When: Mon., Mar. 11; 3-4:30 p.m.

  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
  • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699. To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Amputee Support Group of Titusville
    A safe and supportive environment for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference as well as their family. Join us for resources, education, fellowship, refreshments, and snacks on the second Tuesday of every month.

  • When: Tues., Mar. 12; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, Parrish Healthcare Center Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy, Port St. John
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/amputeesupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thurs., Mar. 14, 28; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tues., Mar. 19; 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

  • When: Wed., Mar. 20; 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
  • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wed., Mar. 20; 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
  • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Mon., Mar. 11; 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
  • For additional information, please contact the Sleep Support team, at 321-268-6408. To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/sleep

    Kidney Smart Class
    Take control of your kidney health by attending a 90-minute, no-cost Kidney Smart class led by expert educators in your community. You’ll learn about chronic kidney disease and its causes, diet and nutrition, benefits of employment and managing insurance, and treatment choices that may be available to you.

  • When: Thurs., Mar. 28; 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/kidneysmart

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

  • When: Tues., Mar. 26; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Jennifer Wolowitz, Tobacco Free Florida 407-889-2292 ext. 102
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/ quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Primary Care Provider Andreana Leggett, APRN

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 29, 2024)-Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Andreana Leggett. She joins Parrish Medical Group's Primary Care practice, located inside Parrish Healthcare Center, at 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL (Titus Landing) as an advanced family medicine nurse practitioner (NP).

    Leggett provides her patients comprehensive primary care including, but not limited to, assessing patients; ordering, performing, supervising and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests; making diagnoses; initiating and managing treatment, including prescribing medication and non-pharmacologic treatments; coordinating care; counseling; and educating patients, their families and their communities.

    Leggett earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Herzing University in Orlando, FL and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from South University in Orlando, FL. She has received advanced educational training in pediatric advanced life support, basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and as a family nurse practitioner. Leggett also currently holds certification from the National Institute of Health in the administration and scoring of the stroke scale.

    New patients are welcome, most insurance plans accepted. To schedule an appointment, or for more information visit parrishhealthcare.com, or call 321-268-6868.


    Titusville Fire Department Raises Awareness and Funds in Support of Parrish Healthcare’s Oncology Program

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 27, 2024) —Titusville Fire Department (TFD) presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with $2,000 in support of Parrish Healthcare’s oncology program. Since the inception of their annual Pink Out Campaign, TFD has raised more than $19,000 showing their continued commitment to help advance Parrish Healthcare’s vision of Healing Families – Healing Communities®.

    Titusville Fire Department demonstrated their dedication by going pink for the cause during the month of October for their 2023 Pink Out campaign. As part of nationwide and local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, department members continued their tradition of selling and wearing pink-themed T-shirts in place of their uniform shirts to observe breast cancer awareness month.

    For the ninth year, Titusville Fire has generously given back to JPMF and supported Parrish Healthcare’s oncology program. In addition to releasing a new design for the limited-edition TFD Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts, sweatshirts and stainless-steel tumblers provided by Printboy, silicon pint tumblers (Silipint) were included in this year’s campaign fundraising selections.

    “October is an exciting time of year for Titusville Fire. The department looks forward to raising awareness of breast cancer while joining forces with the community to give back locally to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation through the annual T-shirt campaign,” stated Gregory Sutton, battalion chief of administration, public information officer. “Knowing that the services provided by Parrish Healthcare’s oncology program are helping those in need really hits home for us. We will continue to support the Foundation and all they do to help those navigating this terrible disease.”

    Screenings remain a top priority for Parrish Healthcare. “The oncology program at Parrish, the area’s only program that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer, continues to provide free life-saving mammograms to those most in need; those that are out of work, under-insured or without insurance, and those struggling with high deductibles,” said Shannon Luker, Parrish Healthcare breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator. “We are grateful to TFD and all those in the community that supported this year’s campaign. It is gratifying to be part of a community that comes together to help provide the vital resources for cancer screenings that enable us to identify cancer in earlier stages, resulting in better patient outcomes.”

    “The vital support provided by Titusville Fire will provide the availability of additional resources and opportunities to those we serve in North Brevard that may not otherwise have access to these critical services and care,” said Randall Coleman, JPMF board chair. “We are grateful to our community partner, Titusville Fire Department, for their ongoing commitment to Parrish Healthcare and helping to advance our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®.

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


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Oncologist Marinely Cruz-Amy, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 26, 2024)-Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Oncologist Marinely Cruz-Amy, MD.

    Dr. Cruz-Amy received her medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and completed her advanced subspecialty Fellowship in blood and bone marrow transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She has been in practice for more than 10 years and specializes in hematologic oncology with expertise in treating lung cancer, prostate cancer, among other conditions. Dr. Cruz-Amy is also fluent in English and Spanish.

    Dr. Cruz-Amy will be conveniently located in the Parrish Oncology Center at 830 Century Medical Drive, Suite B, Titusville, FL. New patients are welcome. Most insurance plans accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 321-268-6831.

    Dr. Cruz-Amy also joins Parrish Healthcare's oncology program team of experts. As Brevard's only Commission on Cancer (CoC) certified program and Surgical Quality Partner of the American College of Surgeon's, Parrish Healthcare's oncology program offers a comprehensive, patient- centered approach to cancer prevention, treatment and recovery.

    For more information about Dr. Cruz-Amy, Parrish Medical Group, or the oncology program at Parrish Healthcare, visit parrishhealthcare.com.


    Parrish Medical Center Tackles Leading Cause of Death Among Young Athletes; Equips North Brevard Youth Athletic Leagues with Lifesaving AEDs

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 20, 2024)- Parrish Medical Center, a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, tackles the leading cause of death among young athletes and improves access to lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training to all North Brevard schools and sports leagues.

    "We believe every school and youth sports field should have access to an AED," said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian.

    "Every two to three days in the U. S., a young athlete dies as the result of sudden cardiac arrest," according to The Sports Institute. In fact, sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of sudden death in young athletes.

    Every youth sports league in North Brevard has received brand new, state-of-the-art AEDs courtesy of Parrish Healthcare.

    "The survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest in schools with AEDs is 7x higher than those without," said Parrish Healthcare Athletic Training Director Kellie Way.

    "When trained first-responders are on-site and able to quickly perform CPR and use an AED, lives and heart muscle are saved, further improving the odds for a fast and full recovery," added Way.

    In the midst of play or practice, cardiac arrest happens suddenly. With no warning, a young athlete can suddenly collapse as was the case when 24-year-old Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin's heart stopped in the middle of a game on national television. The first-responders performed CPR and used an AED to restore his heart rhythm.

    "Parrish Medical Center's outstanding Athletic Training Program, led by dedicated Director Kellie Way, has been a game changer for our Titusville Terrier Youth Sports Association. The comprehensive training opportunities, including CPR and AED training for coaches and board members, have not only enhanced our athletes' performance but also prioritized their safety," said Janay Gelin, Public Relations Director, Titusville Terrier Youth Sports Association.

    "This partnership, coupled with life-saving skills acquired, ensured a secure and successful season. Looking ahead, we are confident that these invaluable trainings will continue to benefit our teams in seasons to come," added Gelin.

    More than 400 children throughout north Brevard participate each sport season. When you add coaches, faculty, parents and other spectators, the number of lives this initiative benefits are significant.

    With the deployment of these AEDs, Parrish Medical Center expands upon its commitment to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and other sports injuries among young athletes.

    Parrish Medical Group Sports Medicine and Athletic Training has long provided a board- certified Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Anthony Allotta, and certified Athletic Trainers to support the coaches and athletes on the fields during practice and at the games. Additionally, the Parrish Sports Medicine and Athletic Training program annually provides access to affordable sports physicals to North Brevard students and was the catalyst to the partnership with Who We Play For, a likeminded nonprofit that exists to eliminate preventable sudden cardiac death in the young through affordable heart screenings and AEDs.

    The AEDs were funded by a grant from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, a Parrish Healthcare integrated partner. For more information about Parrish Healthcare or its Sports Medicine program, visit parrishhealthcare.com.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives
    $14,058 Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

    Grant is part of more than $81 million given by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

    to support safety across the U.S. TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 8, 2024) – Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) was recently awarded a $14,058 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to support Parrish Healthcare’s (PHC) Emergency Response Team (ERT) with fire safety emergency preparedness training. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase a Bullseye™ Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System, fulfilling a significant need within Parrish Healthcare.

    “The Bullseye™ Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System will provide the employees, physicians and volunteers of Parrish Healthcare with the life-saving skills necessary to ensure safety for all in the event of a fire,” said Ericka Jacobs, emergency services director. “Having the appropriate tools on hand makes all the difference in allowing us to effectively serve our community and all those we have the privilege to serve.”

    During PHC’s Fire Response Educational Summit held on January 17, Titusville Fire Department partnered with the ERT to provide hands-on training of the “The Bullseye™ system; knowledge of fire, disaster and safety procedures and regulations; the Joint Commission Environment of Care and Life Safety standards; and PHC’s fire response plan and protocols designed to maintain and restore operations during emergency incidents.

    “On behalf of the Foundation, I want to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Britt and Jeff Diaz, our local Firehouse Subs Titus Landing franchise owners for recognizing our needs and awarding funding to provide this equipment,” said JPMF Board Chair, Randall Coleman. “Providing our Emergency Response Team with this training tool is crucial for them to successfully do their jobs.”

    For the past 18 years, donations have been the driving force behind Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® supporting first responders and public safety organizations nationwide.


    Parrish Medical Center an American College of Surgeons Surgical Quality Partner

    Signifies dedication to continuous improvement, focus on the future, and lowering healthcare costs

    American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Quality Partner TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 1, 2024)— Parrish Medical Center's (PMC) Oncology Program has earned the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer's (CoC) accreditation since 1990. As a CoC- accredited institution, Parrish Medical Center recently also became an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Quality Partner. According to the ACS, being a Surgical Quality Partner signifies an institution's dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches, while maintaining a critical eye on process at every step.

    The Surgical Quality Partner designation lets patients know Parrish Medical Center is dedicated to quality and relentless self-improvement and has been verified or accredited by the ACS. Patients can trust that the care they receive at Surgical Quality Partner hospitals adheres to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality.

    "ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience and participation is an important measure of a hospital's surgical quality. As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, Parrish Medical Center has shown a commitment providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion, and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement," said ACS Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS.

    "We value transparency and routinely invite rigorous evaluations of the care provided by our dedicated, expert teams of Care Partners from independent organizations like the ACS to constantly challenge ourselves in the pursuit of excellence," said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian. "As a Surgical Quality Partner and a nationally certified integrated care organization, we stay focused on the future of health care, reducing duplication, improving quality, and reducing health care costs."

    Parrish Medical Center's surgical services team are experienced in urgent, emergent, inpatient, and outpatient surgeries from general surgery procedures to the very latest in robotic-assisted surgical procedures. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/services.

    Parrish Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Recognized for Continued Treatment Excellence

    Re-certified by The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association TITUSVILLE, FLA (January 23, 2024)– Parrish Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.

    Parrish Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on January 19, 2024. During the visit, the Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with leading evidence-based stroke treatment standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The evaluation included onsite observations and interviews.

    “Primary Stroke Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Parrish Medical Center for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”

    “We congratulate Parrish Medical Center for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

    Stroke is a leading cause of death in Florida. Growing research shows, however, that stroke patients' outcomes can be significantly improved when they receive treatment from an organized stroke system of care.

    “The Joint Commission established the Primary Stroke Center program to set a care standard to protect and save lives,” said George Mikitarian, Parrish Medical Center president & CEO. “Meeting that standard takes tremendous commitment, resources, and work, but we have long dedicated ourselves to providing the highest levels of patient safety, clinical quality, and healing patient experiences on behalf of the people and communities we serve.”

    “This Joint Commission’s Gold Seal affirmation of Parrish Medical Center’s quality stroke care means that patients and families can have confidence in the objective measurement, accomplishment, and results, of Parrish Medical Center’s treatment program,” Mikitarian added.

    “Quick administration of a drug called tPA to dissolve a stroke-causing blood clot and restore blood flow is part of The Joint Commission’s standards followed by Parrish Medical Center,” said Gregory P. Cuculino, MD, FACEP, emergency department medical director. “In many cases the drug results in the patient having minimal or no neurological damage from the stroke,” said Dr. Cuculino, “It’s one aspect of our approach to stroke care, which includes prevention, treatment and rehabilitation while always working as a team.”

    Hospitals were eligible to apply voluntarily for Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission in 2003. The certification standards comply with the Brain Attack Coalition’s proposed organized stroke system of care. The proposed organized system of care promotes EMS routing acute patients to Primary Stroke Centers, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers, able to provide proven stroke care reliably and rapidly.

    In 2004 PMC became the first health system in Brevard and third in the state of Florida to earn The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification. And, every two years since 2004, The Joint Commission has evaluated and recertified Parrish Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center.


    Zumpano Patricios Return as Title Sponsor of the 2024 Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (JAN. 19, 2024)— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of Zumpano Patricios as the title sponsor for the annual Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 5.

    More than 200 golfers are expected to play the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and/or typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    “Zumpano Patricios is honored to continue our years of partnership with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation as title sponsor for the 2024 Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic,” stated Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios. “We are proud to again support the golf classic, hoping that the impact of our contribution will help provide vital programs and services at The Children’s Center for the children of our community, particularly during the developmental years of their childhood."

    Tournament players can choose between two golf courses – Indian River Preserve Golf Club with its rich, lush rolling fairways designed by Perry Dye and LPGA champion Jan Stephenson or The Great Outdoors Golf Club with the beautiful natural environment of the St. Johns wildlife refuge. Course selection is first-come, first choice with paid registration.

    Event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The tournament format will be a four-player scramble with exciting contests, including a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize when purchasing a chance drawing ticket for $20. The $1,000 prize drawing will take place at the event. Those purchasing tickets need not be present to win. The tournament will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing top teams at each course.

    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 his longtime dedication to our community and favorite charity, The Children’s Center.

    Event co-chairs are Amy Craddock and Leigh Spradling. Other members of the committee include Santi Bulnes, Nadine Itani, Kathy Myer, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Greg Sparkman and Kristina Weaver.

    The 2023 tournament sold out months in advance. Space and sponsorships are limited so don’t miss this opportunity. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500. For information on sponsor opportunities, or to purchase chance drawing tickets, visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf, or contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066.


    Parrish Medical Center announces Board appointments

    TITUSVILLE, FL (January 8, 2024) – Parrish Medical Center (PMC) welcomes entrepreneur and technology executive Dan Aton to its Board of Directors and congratulates Herman Cole Jr., Col. USAF (ret.) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Galfo, MD on their reappointments.

    During their December 2023 meetings, Brevard County Commissioners appointed Aton and reappointed Dr. Galfo for four‐year terms; and Titusville City Council reappointed Colonel Cole and confirmed the County’s reappointment of Dr. Galfo. Cole, a Titusville City Council member, abstained from the voting during the reappointment procedures.

    Aton, an entrepreneur and technology executive with more than 30 years of experience in the technology arena with a special concentration on sports. Aton founded two significant companies in the sport technology market, servicing more than 300 college and pro sports organizations. In 2014, Aton founded 8K Solutions which designs and manufactures innovative video and analysis products primarily used by the NFL and top tier College programs. In 1999, Aton founded XOS Technologies, a sports technology provider in collegiate and professional sports. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Orlando Business Journal in 2006 and also received the William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission in 2011. Aton also participates as a board member on the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, Titusville Planning and Zoning Commission and has served on boards for Greater Titusville Renaissance, Titusville YMCA, Hope for North Brevard Charities, North Brevard Medical Support Board, and other civic organizations.

    Aton replaces outgoing board member Jerry L. Noffel, a retired healthcare executive, who served from 2002 to 2023. Noffel, during his Board tenure, served in many roles including Treasurer, Member‐at‐Large, Finance Committee, Medical Staff Review Committee, North Brevard Medical Support Liaison, Audit Committee, Ad Hoc Credentials Committee, just to name a few. Retired U. S. Air Force (USAF) Colonel and Vietnam veteran, Cole has served on the PMC Board since 2002 and has served in various other Board capacities including past‐Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. Colonel Cole earned a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Science from Tuskegee University. Colonel Cole has an extensive background in directing, managing, and administering large, worldwide construction projects.

    Dr. Galfo is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, and served as the Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director for the organization from 1997 to 2020. Dr. Galfo has served as a member of the PMC Medical Staff since 1993 and practiced medicine as a Major in the 4th Medical Support Group at Seymour Air Force Base, North Carolina, during Desert Shield/Storm. Dr. Galfo is a certified Hospice Medical Director and holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

    PMC’s nine‐member Board of Directors consist of three Brevard County Board of Commissioner appointments; three City of Titusville appointments; and three County and City joint appointments.

    PMC’s Board of Directors includes:

    1. Robert L. Jordan, Jr., Board Chairman since 2021. Board member since 1998.
    2. Stanley Retz, CPA, Vice Chairman since 2021. Board member since 2012.
    3. Herman A. Cole. Jr. Col, USAF (Ret), Treasurer. Board member since 2002.
    4. Elizabeth Galfo, MD, Secretary. Board member since 2015.
    5. Maureen E. Rupe, Member‐at‐Large. Board member since 2002.
    6. Billie Fitzgerald, Board member since 2002.
    7. Ashok C. Shah, MD, Board member since 2012.
    8. Billy Specht, Board member since 2022.
    9. Dan Aton, Board member since 2024.

    For more information, visit
    https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/about‐us/governance‐andleadership/.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for January

    TITUSVILLE, FL (December 28, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The January 2024 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wed., Jan. 3; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mon., Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

    • When: Mon., Jan. 8; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Amputee Support Group of Titusville
    A safe and supportive environment for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference as well as their family. Join us for resources, education, fellowship, refreshments, and snacks on the second Tuesday of every month.

    • When: Tues., Jan. 9; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Manatee Conference Room, Parrish Healthcare Center Port St. John, 5005 Port
    • St. John Pkwy, Port St. John
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/amputeesupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thurs., Jan. 11, 25; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tues., Jan. 16, 20; 2-4 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

    • When: Wed., Jan. 17; 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wed., Jan. 17; 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Kidney Smart Class
    Take control of your kidney health by attending a 90-minute, no-cost Kidney Smart class led by expert educators in your community. You’ll learn about chronic kidney disease and its causes, diet and nutrition, benefits of employment and managing insurance, and treatment choices that may be available to you.

    • When: Thurs., Jan. 25; 1-2:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/kidneysmart

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

    • When: Tues., Jan. 30; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Jennifer Wolowitz, Tobacco Free Florida 407-889-2292 ext. 102
    • For more information and to register, visit: parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit: parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Healthcare Introducing Metal Detectors at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Dec. 8, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare is introducing walk-through metal detectors at Parrish Medical Center (PMC). Metal detector screenings will begin at PMC’s Emergency Department public entrance on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 7 am. Security will be posted 24/7 at the Emergency Department entrance to manage the screening process. The main public entrance to PMC is scheduled to begin metal detector screenings during the first quarter of 2024.

    “This added level of screening enhances our complement of security capabilities and helps to fortify our ability to prevent firearms, weapons or other prohibited contraband from being brought into the hospital,” said Parrish Healthcare Safety and Security Director Greg George.

    All screenings are conducted in an orderly manner that is consistent to industry standards, conforming to legal regulations, and with minimal intrusion to privacy rights.

    “Our policy is not intended to prohibit individuals from keeping lawfully possessed firearms locked inside a private motor vehicle in our parking lot. If a firearm or weapon is detected we will ask the individual to either lock it in their motor vehicle or we will secure it for them while on the premises and return it when they leave the facility,” added George.

    To learn about Parrish Healthcare visit parrishhealthcare.com.


    Kevat Patel, MD, Parrish Healthcare Earns Certification in Health Care Quality and Management

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 27)— Kevat Patel, MD, of Parrish Healthcare received his certification in Health Care Quality & Management (HCQM) from the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP).

    Earning the HCQM Certification demonstrates that the practicing professional has practical knowledge and tools that can reduce medical errors, ensure patient safety, eliminate waste and unnecessary services, while avoiding potentially harmful delays in care.

    Certification demonstrates accountability. The result is a safer, more efficient and cost-effective system that better satisfies the needs of patients, providers, purchasers, and payers. Professionals achieving this certification are deeply committed to patient safety, health care quality, and effective care.

    Dr. Patel serves as the Medical Director for Parrish Medical Group, and is the Director of the Hospitalist group at Parrish Medical Center where he also serves as Chair, of the Department of Medicine.

    Dr. Patel is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and a contributing member of the Harvard Alumni in Healthcare. Having conducted extensive research in his area of expertise with publication in many academic journals, Dr. Patel is passionate about the fields of Primary Care medicine, Hospitalist medicine, Behavioral Health and Epidemiology.


    Parrish Medical Group Primary Care Welcomes Paul Wong, MD

    Paul Wong, MD
    Paul Wong, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 1, 2023)—Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Paul Wong, MD, to the North Brevard community. Dr. Wong is a Family Medicine physician with Parrish Medical Group Primary Care, located at the Parrish Healthcare Center, 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780.

    Dr. Wong attended the University College of Dublin, Ireland and completed his residency at the University of South Carolina School of Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Christian Medical Dental Association, and speaks multiple languages including English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

    In his free time, Dr. Wong enjoys learning about new cultures, participating in triathlons, surfing, trail running, paddle boarding, painting, and experimenting with new whole food plant-based recipes.

    New patients are welcome and most insurance plans are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 321-268-6868 or for online scheduling visit parrishhealthcare.com/parrish-medical-group.


    Nimesh H. Naik, MD, Parrish Medical Center Infectious Disease Doctor Earns National Distinction

    Among 219 Distinguished Physicians, Scientists Receiving Infectious Diseases Society of America Honors

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 20)— Nimesh H. Naik, MD, of Parrish Medical Center, has been named a Fellow by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Fellowship in IDSA (FIDSA) is one of the highest honors in the field of infectious diseases. It recognizes distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession.

    Dr. Naik is a graduate of the University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, and completed Infectious Disease training at Buffalo University, The State University for New York (SUNY). He currently practices at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville Florida. His particular areas of interest are Actinomycosis (a long-term (chronic) bacterial infection that commonly affects the face and neck), HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis viral infections, as well as bone and joint infections.

    “The 219 individuals chosen to receive the FIDSA designation this year are on the front lines of discovery, patient care and public health, and we are proud to honor their work and dedication,” said Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA, president of IDSA. “These ID physicians and scientists represent the passion and commitment needed to educate leaders around the globe about current and future health threats. We all benefit from their pivotal contributions to our local communities and expertise within the field of medicine. I am proud to work and learn alongside them.”

    “On behalf of the Medical Staff, our entire family of Parrish Healthcare Care Partners, and the patients we have the honor serve, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Naik for earning this distinguished honor. Being recognized by ones’ peers is indeed among the highest honors,” said Parrish Medical Center Medical Staff President Aluino L. Ochoa, MD.

    Applicants for IDSA Fellowship must be nominated by their peers and meet specified criteria that include continuing identification with the field of infectious diseases, national or regional recognition and publication of their scholarly work. Nominees are reviewed and elected by the IDSA Board of Directors. Fellows of IDSA work in many different settings, including clinical practice, teaching, research, public health and health care administration.


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Dickerson

    Lisa Dickerson
    Lisa Dickerson, Vice President, Nursing Administration and Chief Nursing Officer

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 16, 2023) – Parrish Healthcare is pleased to welcome Lisa Dickerson, RN, BSN, MBA, as its Vice President, Nursing Administration and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Dickerson is a transformational results-driven nurse executive with 23 years of community hospital experience and 15 of those years in leadership roles.

    “I am thrilled to join the Parrish Healthcare family of care partners and the North Brevard community,” said Dickerson.

    Dickerson has a strong track record of exceeding patient experience expectations and cultivating a safe, healing work environment that is dedicated to exceptional clinical care.

    “I wanted to join an organization that is focused on the patient and their experience and providing a safe environment for all, and I found that in Parrish, added Dickerson.

    Of her leadership style, Dickerson describes herself as a servant leader focused on coaching, mentoring, engagement and development of clinical professionals and the next generation of nurse leaders. Dickerson earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Administration from Brenau University, Gainesville, GA; and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA.

    Dickerson replaces immediate-past Chief Nursing Officer Edwin Loftin who retired after 15 years of meritorious service to Parrish Healthcare and the North Brevard Community in 2023.


    Parrish Medical Center to Host Gift of Light Community Celebration presented by Norris Automotive

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 2, 2023) Join Parrish Medical Center and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, Thur., Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm for the Annual Gift of Light Community Celebration presented by Norris Automotive. The event is FREE and everyone is invited!

    This holiday tradition that began more than 30 years ago as a humble tree lighting, has grown into an event that attracts thousands. Holiday magic fills the air as everyone delights in the lighting of our spectacular Christmas tree with 37,000 lights.

    The grand Christmas tree isn’t the only thing that lights up the night. The breathtaking fireworks display, sponsored by Injury Centers of Brevard and Apogee Physicians, signifies the end of the event while also welcomes the start of the Christmas season.

    In addition to the amazing light displays, Gift of Light delights guests with musical and dance performances. This year, entertainment includes, Titusville High School Orchestra, Space Coast Junior/Senior High School Sound Wave, Astronaut High School Jazz Band, The Titusville Playhouse and Keegan Performance Dance Studio. Artistic and Creative Executive Director of the Titusville Playhouse, Steven Heron, will emcee the event.

    Held in the park on the Parrish Medical Center campus, the tents and market lighting set an enchanting scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance for photos and to hear Christmas wishes. Children will love visiting Santa’s Workshops for holiday crafts and cookie decorating. Face painters, a balloon artist, and Santa’s elves make sure guests have a magical, memorable experience. Complimentary hot chocolate, cyder and cookies add to the event’s magic.

    Back, by popular demand, are eight of the community’s favorite food trucks. Service begins at 4:30 pm.

    An event like this cannot happen without the support of community leaders and sponsors. We deeply appreciate the support of Titusville City Leaders, the Titusville Police Department and Titusville Fire Department. We thank, as well, our generous sponsors, Norris Automotive, title sponsor; Injury Centers of Brevard and Apogee Physicians, Fireworks Sponsor; Robin Fisher State Farm, North Pole Sponsor and System Tech Services, Santa’s Workshop Sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Matthew Morak, director of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066.


    Parrish Healthcare to Participate in National Lung Cancer Screening Day

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 1, 2023) Parrish Healthcare will participate in National Lung Cancer Screening Day on Sat., Nov. 11. Younger and middle-aged women now have higher rates of lung cancer – the nation’s worst cancer killer – than men, giving added urgency to the need for North Brevard County women and men to take advantage of this opportunity to be screened.

    American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers published the lung cancer study’s findings about women’s increased cancer rates in the Oct. 12, 2023 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology.

    “These findings are very concerning,” said Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, the paper’s lead author, in a news release on the ACS study. “We don’t know why lung cancer incidence rates among younger and middle-aged individuals are now higher in women than men, reversing the historical pattern.”

    Data show that only one in 10 eligible people are being screened for lung cancer. To find out if a screening is right for you, visit parrishhealthcare.com/lungscan for a FREE assessment.

    Parrish Healthcare’s low-dose CT lung cancer scans are scheduled from 8a.m.-noon on Nov. 11, 2023, at Parrish Healthcare Center, 250 Harrison St., in Titusville. To schedule a screening, call 321-268-6150.

    “Cancer treatment is remarkably consistent: the sooner it’s discovered, the greater the opportunity to treat it,” said Dr. Dennis Tishko, Parrish Medical Group thoracic surgeon. “The longer it goes undetected and untreated, the more dangerous it becomes. Treatment options become more urgent in terms of lifesaving measures.”

    A low dose CT scan, the American Lung Association says, “is a special kind of X-ray that takes multiple pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of the machine. A computer then combines these images into a detailed picture of your lungs.”

    Parrish’s oncology program is Brevard County’s only cancer program to have earned accreditation from the Commission on Cancer. Parrish first achieved CoC accreditation in 1990, making its program the area’s longest continuously accredited program.

    For more information about National Lung Cancer Screening Day and Parrish Healthcare low dose CT lung cancer screening, visit parrishhealthcare.com/oncology.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for November

    TITUSVILLE, FL (October 24, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The November 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.
    · When: Mon., Nov. 6, 13, 20; 10-11 a.m.
    · Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.
    · When: Wed., Nov. 1; 10-11 a.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.
    · When: Mon., Nov. 13; 3-4:30 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    · For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.
    · When: Mon., Nov. 13; 6-8 p.m.
    · Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
    · For additional information, please contact the Sleep Support team, at 321-268-6408.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.
    · When: Thurs., Nov. 9; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.
    · When: Tues., Nov. 21; 2-4 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
    · When: Wed., Nov. 15; 9-10:30 a.m.
    · Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    · For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.
    · When: Wed., Nov. 15; 4-5:30 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    · For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.
    · When: Tues., Nov. 28; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    · Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    Kidney Smart Class
    Take control of your kidney health by attending a 90-minute, no-cost Kidney Smart class led by expert educators in your community. You’ll learn about chronic kidney disease and its causes, diet and nutrition, benefits of employment and managing insurance, and treatment choices that may be available to you.
    · When: Thurs., Nov. 30; 1-2:30 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/kidneysmart

    Amputee Support Group of Titusville
    A safe and supportive environment for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference as well as their family. Join us for resources, education, fellowship, refreshments, and snacks on the second Tuesday of every month.
    · When: Tues., Nov. 14; 3-4:30 p.m.
    · Where: Manatee Conference Room, Parrish Healthcare Center Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy, Port St. John
    · For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/AmputeeSupport

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Elects New Officers

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Oct. 18, 2023)—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF), the philanthropic arm of Parrish Healthcare (PHC), announced the election of their board of directors for FY 2024.

    Randall Coleman was reappointed to serve a second year as chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. Coleman, a CFP®, is a senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    Dedicated to making a difference in the community, Coleman is past president of Titusville Sunrise Rotary; Brevard County Chapter of Certified Public Accounts; Brevard County Estate Planning Council; and Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard. In addition to serving as chair of JPMF, he currently serves on the board of Eastern Florida State College Foundation; Titusville YMCA; United Way of Brevard County; and Brevard County Civilian Military Relations Council.

    Other officers and members of the executive board voted into office include: Melissa Lugo, chair elect; Philip Simpson, Ph.D., vice-chair; Kelley Broome, secretary; Josh Norris, treasurer; Rachel Terry, immediate past chair; and George Mikitarian, ex-officio and PHC president/CEO.

    Members elected to serve on the executive committee are: Christopher Broome, Esq; Santiago Bulnes; Jessie Kirk; Jason Snodgrass; and Barbara Terhune.

    Directors elected to the board include: Jerry Allender, Esq; Winnie Brewer; William Chivers; Herman Cole; Mary Coleman; Britt Diaz; David D. Ferguson; Terry Lee; Howard Rinker, DDS; Joe Rodriguez; Turmy Sieveking; Jennifer Trastelis; and William Terry.

    Emeritus members include Dorothy Hudson; Richard Boggs and J.J. Parrish III.

    “As a member of the JPMF board for more than 18 years, I am honored to continue my service to the Foundation as Chairman of the Board. Each of the incredible community leaders I have the privilege to serve with bring a unique perspective to their role,” said Coleman. “Together, we will continue to forge initiatives that advance the mission, vision and values of Parrish Medical Center.”


    Parrish Medical Center Awarded Triennial Re-Accreditation from The Joint Commission

    TITUSVILLE, FL— (October 12, 2023) – Parrish Medical Center (PMC) received notification on Oct. 3, 2023, that it has again earned accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC) by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. Every three years, TJC conducts a rigorous review of every facet of PMC’s operations. This is a voluntary survey that supports PMC’s commitment to continuous quality improvement. TJC’s Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

    During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with all TJC standards spanning all areas including emergency management, inpatient care, life-safety and the environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, rights and responsibilities of the individual, to name a few.

    TJC’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

    “As a healthcare accreditor, The Joint Commission works with healthcare organizations across care settings to inspire safer and higher quality of care that is more equitable and compassionate,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “Through collaborating on innovative solutions and evidence-based resources and tools, The Joint Commission helps drive improvement while maintaining accountability through our leading survey methods and standards. We commend Parrish Medical Center for its commitment to advance safety, quality, equity and compassion for all patients.”

    “Our Care Partners are committed to the safe and healing care of all patients in our care and it is through that commitment that Parrish Medical Center has maintained this valued accreditation from The Joint Commission,” said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian. “Parrish Medical Center prides itself on hardwiring The Joint Commission’s standards as well as other leading-practices into our standard operating procedures to assure the highest levels of patient safety and quality clinical practices,” added Mikitarian.

    For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website (jointcommission.org).


    Parrish Medical Center Board Votes No Taxes for 29th Straight Year

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Sept. 27, 2023)—For the 29th straight year, no taxes will be assessed to support operations of the North Brevard County Hospital District d/b/a Parrish Medical Center (PMC). PMC’s board of directors voted unanimously during public hearings on Sept. 11 and 25 to establish the millage rate and budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.

    PMC is an independent, public, not-for-profit hospital, and state law gives the North Brevard Hospital District (d/b/a Parrish Medical Center) the authority to set a tax rate to support hospital operations.

    However, unlike most public hospitals, the PMC Board of Directors has for 29 years voted not to use tax dollars as a means of funding the hospital.

    “PMC serves the community’s health through compassionate and exceptional care and is recognized as one of the nation’s finest healing environments,” said PMC Board Chairman Robert Jordan. “We are pleased to continue to take this position on behalf of the community we serve while also investing tens of millions of dollars back into North Brevard each year in charity care and services.”

    “As long as the community continues to support PMC–PMC will be able to continue to support the community,” concluded Jordan.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Matthew Musto, DO, MS

    Matthew Musto, DO, MS
    Matthew Musto, DO, MS

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 13, 2023)—Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Orthopedic Surgeon Matthew Musto, DO, MS, to the North Brevard community.

    Dr. Musto, who will serve as director of total joint replacement, completed his orthopedic surgical fellowship training at the Minnesota Center for Orthopedics. He was the first surgeon to be accepted for the one-year Fellowship training program. Dr. Musto earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree with honors at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also holds a Master’s degree in Medical Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Dr. Musto is an expert in direct anterior total hip replacement utilizing intra-operative computer navigation, robotic-assisted total knee replacement, shoulder reconstruction and replacement. He also specializes in total hip, total knee, and total shoulder revisions and treating peri-prosthetic infections.

    A native Floridian, Dr. Musto grew up in Sebring, FL where he played baseball and volunteered at the local hospital and in the community. He now lives in Titusville with his wife and three children where he enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.

    Conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St. John and Parrish Healthcare Center at Titus Landing, Dr. Musto welcomes new patients and accepts most insurance plans. For an appointment at either location, please call 321-433-2247.


    Patient Raves about Parrish Healthcare’s Robotic Assisted Surgery Program

    Increased precision, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries

    Dr. John Zambos
    Surgeon, Dr. John Zambos at the surgeon’s console
    TITUSVILLE, FL (August 28, 2023) —Marty Grove of Titusville recently received robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery at Parrish Medical Center (PMC) using the newly acquired da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. The da Vinci® Xi™ is among the manufacturer’s (Intuitive) newest robotic surgical systems.

    “My surgery and recovery were excellent. I had only a couple of days of minor discomfort. In fact, my entire experience was excellent. I can’t say enough about how well everyone treated me,” added Grove.

    Grove was referred to Dr. John Zambos for his surgery. “Dr. Zambos told me I was a candidate for minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery, and I’m glad he did,” said Grove.

    “Robotic-assisted surgery advantages translate into advantages for patients,” said Dr. Zambos. “When a surgeon can see better, and use even more delicately-designed smaller, finely-crafted instruments, it leads to better results. It greatly multiplies my ability, to see more clearly and work more closely, with greater exactness than ever before,” said Dr. Zambos.

    PMC continues to grow the number of physicians and specialties using robotic assisted surgeries. The combination of a surgeon’s skill, the advanced training of the surgical team assisting the surgeon, and the precision of the robotic surgical system carries great benefits for patients. It is being used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures at PMC including: gynecology, urology, cardiac and general surgery.

    “We continue to be proud of the expanded and enhanced capabilities of our surgeons and surgical care teams,” said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian. “Our surgical teams have more options to improve patient outcomes and patient experiences. Robotic-assisted surgery is an example of how technology enhances our services.” The surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci® System, which translates hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

    “Enhancing our capabilities through technological advancements is possible because of the commitment of our board of directors; our leadership teams; donors to our Foundation; our community for their trust; our surgical teams who embrace technology and all the advanced training required to bring it to life; as well as the focus of every care partner involved to furthering our mission, vision and values,” added Mikitarian.

    Information about robotic-assisted surgery at Parrish Healthcare is available at https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/our-services/roboticsurgery/.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for September

    TITUSVILLE, FL (August 22, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The September 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare’s Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

  • When: Mon., Sept. 4, 11, 18; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying. Refreshments will be served.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 6; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare’s Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

  • When: Mon., Sept. 11; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
  • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Mon., Sept. 11; 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
  • Facilitated by Kristina Weaver, Sleep Center director
  • For additional information, please contact the Sleep Center at 321-268-6408.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thurs., Sept. 14, 28; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tues., Sept. 19; 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

  • When: Wed., Sept. 20; 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
  • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare’s Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 20; 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
  • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

  • When: Tues., Sept. 26; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for August

    TITUSVILLE, FL (JULY 27, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The August 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group

    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.
    · When: Mon., Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28; 10-11 a.m.
    · Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café

    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.
    · When: Wed., Aug. 2; 10-11 a.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group

    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.
    · When: Mon., Aug. 21; 3-4:30 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    · For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support

    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.
    · When: Mon., Aug. 14; 6-8 p.m.
    · Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
    · Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    · For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group

    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.
    · When: Thurs., Aug. 10; 27; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group

    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.
    · When: Tues., Aug. 15; 2-4 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    · For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date

    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
    · When: Wed., Aug. 16; 9-10:30 a.m.
    · Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    · For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group

    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.
    · When: Wed., Aug. 16; 4-5:30 p.m.
    · Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    · Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    · For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    · To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now

    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.
    · When: Tues., Aug. 29; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    · Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave.,
    Titusville · For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Medical Center’s Oncology Program Nationally Accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons Continuous recognition for cancer care excellence since 1990

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 18, 2023)— Parrish Medical Center’s (PMC) Oncology Program has once again earned the Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) accreditation. Currently, it is the only oncology program with this distinction in Brevard County. PMC has maintained this accreditation since 1990, making it the longest, continuously accredited program in the area.

    To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), an oncology program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. As a CoC-accredited program, PMC takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer that includes consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other oncology specialists.

    “The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for PMC to continuously improve its quality of patient care through various programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care,” said Alex Gutierrez, manager of oncology and infusion programs.

    The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.9 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2023. When patients receive care from PMC’s CoC accredited program, they have access to the Mayo Clinic Care Network, information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. Like all CoC-accredited programs, PMC maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited programs, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC programs with their quality improvement efforts.

    The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at https://www.facs.org/search/cancer-programs. For more information about PMC’s Oncology Program, visit parrishhealthcare.com/cancer, or call the cancer care patient navigator at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.


    Parrish Healthcare is Pleased to Announce Preparticipation Sports Physicals for Young Athletes for 2023/2024 School Year

    TITUSVILLE, FL (July 5, 2023) – Parrish Medical Group will be offering two pre-participation sports physical events for the upcoming school year. Who We Play For will offer Electrocardiograms (ECGs) on site. Visit whoweplayfor.org to register for your ECG.

    The first event will be held Saturday, July 22, 8am-noon at Parrish Healthcare Center at Titus Landing, 250 Harrison St., Floor 1, Titusville.

    A second event will be held Saturday, August 5, 8am-noon at Parrish Healthcare Center in Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Ste. 2100, Port St. John.

    Dr. Anthony Allotta and Dr. Bryan Parry, assisted by athletic trainers, will provide the physical exams. “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.”

    No appointment is necessary. The cost is $10 and will be donated to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. A parent or guardian must accompany the athletes.

    For additional information call: 321-433-2247, ext. 8225

    Dr. Anthony Allotta with student athlete
    Dr. Anthony Allotta with student athlete
    Dr. Bryan Parry with student athlete
    Dr. Bryan Parry with student athlete


    Parrish Healthcare is Brevard County’s first hospital to provide atrial fibrillation patients with same-day ablations

    Steven Holmes, MD
    Ajit Janardhan, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 5, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare is Brevard County’s first hospital to provide atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) patients with same-day ablations, a procedure that returns irregular—and dangerous—heart rhythms to normal.

    “Same-day ablations enable patients to be treated as outpatients. This reduces costs and allows patients to quickly receive relief and return home, which is where they want to be,” said Ajit Janardhan, MD. “Our Parrish team studied and reviewed the advantages of same-day ablation and concluded that it’s a procedure with significant benefits for patients seeking freedom from AFib. We’re proud to be the first hospital in Brevard to offer this service.”

    AFib is a rapid heartbeat that occurs when the upper part of the heart, the atria, is beating rapidly: in extreme cases, up to 600 beats per minute, while the lower part of the heart (ventricles) beat normally. AFib’s irregular heartbeat causes blood to pool in the heart and increases the risk of blood clots and strokes.

    “AFib can affect people of any age, but the highest percentage is among people over age 65,” said Dr. Janardhan. “There are perhaps 15,000 Brevard residents in the over-65 age group who at present have AFib, and that number is constantly changing.”

    A cardiac ablation procedure “uses heat or cold energy to create tiny scars in the heart to block irregular electrical signals and restore a typical heartbeat. The procedure is used to correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias),” says the Mayo Clinic. In same-day ablation, a surgeon uses catheters—thin, flexible tubes—inserted into the heart via veins or arteries, to apply the heat or cold that stops the errant electrical signals causing AFib.

    The surgeon conducts the procedure using a video monitor. Same-day ablation usually takes three to four hours to perform, including the time needed to prepare for the procedure and to remove the catheters from the body. Dr. Janardhan is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He performs same-day ablations in Parrish Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

    Not all AFib patients are eligible for same-day ablation; some may need more extensive surgical procedures. A physician can best determine the right treatment. Ask your physician if same-day ablation is right for you. To find a physician visit parrishhealthcare.com/providers.

    Parrish Healthcare to discontinue its indoor pool operations effective Sept. 30, 2023

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 28, 2023)— The indoor pool at our Parrish Healthcare Center on Cheney Highway (formerly Parrish Health & Fitness Center) has been a popular community amenity for more than 20 years. However, given the current challenges with maintaining safe pool operations for everyone all the time and the ongoing need to reduce expenses, it has become necessary to discontinue pool operations. Closing the pool to the public will be effective September 30, 2023.

    The challenges include (1) an aging pool infrastructure and the need to make major repairs in order to remain in compliance with state regulations; (2) increasing pool maintenance expenses; and (3) balancing affordability and user experience. Annually, the cost to operate the indoor, heated pool and therapy pool, is roughly $168,000. Annual revenue received from pool fees paid by wellness center members and swim groups that lease pool time is approximately $56,232. The difference means we are operating at an annual loss of $111,768. Closing the gap and bringing the operation to breakeven would require both a drastic increase in pool use/membership fees as well as a drastic increase in the number of pool users. This would negatively impact the user experience and affordability. And, ultimately would further negatively impact operations.

    Additionally, recent inspections by the Department of Health resulted in several recommendations to complete major repairs to the aging pool infrastructure in order to remain in compliance with state regulations and sustain a safe swimming environment. The needed repairs will cost more than $500,000; will require the pool to be closed for many months; and will further negatively impact operations as there will be zero revenue received during those months. Given these harsh operational realities and the current economic climate, continuing to absorb the loss associated with pool operations and investing another half a million into just the pool infrastructure is not possible. As such, pool operations, including therapy pool operations, will be closed effective Sept. 30, 2023.

    “We are proud to have been able to serve as the community’s only indoor swimming option for these past 20 years and the decision to close pool operations was not made lightly,” said Parrish Healthcare spokesperson Natalie Sellers. “We understand that this news will not be welcomed and beg the community’s understanding at having had to make this very difficult decision,” added Sellers.

    As has been widely report in the news, hospitals everywhere are cutting expenses up to and including making staff reductions, in the face of operating losses. “Our priority is to preserve jobs and identify other means of optimizing our operations and reducing expenses,” said Sellers.

    Current pool patrons, will have access to the pool until September 30, 2023 and their pool fees will be waived from July 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023.


    Parrish Healthcare Recognized for exceeding the Healthy People 2030 Maternal and Child Health goal of reducing C-section births

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 28, 2023)—Improving safety and lowering cost by reducing the number of Caesarean sections (C-section) for first-time mothers with low risk of birth complications has earned Parrish Healthcare recognition from the state’s two top health care agencies.

    PMC goal of reducing C-section births

    Pictured L-R: Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, surgeon general of Florida; Melinda Hodges, RN, Manager, Women's Services; Cara Starkey, APRN, Nurse Midwife and Jason Weida, AHCA secretary

    Parrish was recognized by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for achieving the federal Healthy People 2030 Maternal and Child Health goal of reducing C-sections for low-risk, first-time mothers. Melinda Hodges, RN, Manager, Women’s Services and Cara Starkey, APRN, Nurse Midwife, accepted the award presented by Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, surgeon general of Florida, and Jason Weida, AHCA secretary, Thursday, June 22, at the Florida Hospital Association Quality Conference.

    “Over time, C-sections have become the most common surgery performed in the U.S., and federal and state regulatory and quality organizations have determined that a significant percentage of them aren’t needed,” said George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare president and CEO.

    In some cases, C-sections are vital tools to protect the life and health of mothers and babies. However, unnecessary C-sections drive up costs and put women at risk for surgically-related complications. In 2021, the last year for which complete data is available, there were more than 1.1 million C-sections performed in the U.S., 32.1% of all deliveries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Florida’s 2021 figure was 35.8% C-section rate, according to the CDC.

    The Healthy People 2030 Maternal and Child Health program seeks to reduce the C-section rate to 23.6% of births among low-risk, first-time mothers. Parrish’s C-section rate was 17%, more than six points below the national goal.

    While explaining the value of C-sections, the Healthy People 2030 website also describes the reasons for the focus on reducing C-section births, saying that C-sections can prevent injury and death in women who are at higher risk of complicated deliveries or have unexpected complications. C-sections can also prevent injury and death in their newborns. But C-sections are linked to increased risk of infections and blood clots, and many women who aren’t at higher risk for delivery complications get unnecessary C-sections. Various evidence-based strategies aimed at hospitals and health care providers can help reduce C-sections in low-risk women.

    “Parrish’s best-practice, evidence-based approach to C-section deliveries has resulted in better care for women and their babies,” Mikitarian said.

    “Surgery is a necessary and important thing, but in the case of C-sections, not all surgeries are necessary,” he said. “This award is a testimony to the work of Parrish’s Care Partners and our mission of Healing Experiences for Everyone All the Time®.”


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for July

    TITUSVILLE, FL (JUN 26, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The July 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mon., Jul. 3,10,17,24; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wed., Jul. 5; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

    • When: Mon., Jul. 10; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

    • When: Mon., Jul. 10; 6-8 p.m.
    • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thurs., Jul. 13, 27; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tues., Jul. 18; 2-4 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

    • When: Wed., Jul. 19; 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wed., Jul. 19; 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

    • When: Tues., Jul. 25; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for June

    TITUSVILLE, FL (May 30, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The June 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

  • When: Mon., Jun. 5,12,19,26; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

  • When: Wed., Jun. 7; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

  • When: Mon., Jun. 12; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
  • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Mon., Jun. 12; 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
  • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
  • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thurs., Jun. 8, 22; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tues., Jun. 20; 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

  • When: Wed., Jun. 21; 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
  • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wed., Jun. 21; 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
  • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

  • When: Tues., Jun. 27; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Early Care & Education Program Celebrates VPK Class of 2023

    TITUSVILLE, FL (May 24, 2023) – Parrish Early Care and Education, a program of Parrish Healthcare’s Children’s Center sent the class of 2023 off in style at their VPK graduation held on May 18, 2023.

    Parrish Early Care and Education graduates

    Parrish Early Care and Education graduates

    “We are so proud of these children” said Vaneesha Greco, center manager. “Our team works closely with our families to create a learning environment that helps each child grow and thrive. Today is the culmination of their hard work and evidence of the passion our educators have for enriching the lives of our littlest learners” said Greco.

    The ceremony took place at First United Methodist Church in Titusville and hosted 19 VPK graduates along with their families and other guests. “These children are the future of our community” said Kathy Simonsen, special programs coordinator. They are the next generation of thinkers, builders, teachers and healers. It is always an emotional day to see them progress on their journey to Kindergarten.”

    The ceremony included the traditional parade of graduates, a special selection of songs performed by the class of 2023 and ended on the high note of the official presentation of diplomas. For more information on services provided by The Children’s Center please visit their website or call 321-264-0855.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Awards Scholarships for Study in Healthcare and Medicine

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 17, 2023) — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 23 outstanding college students and graduating high school seniors that distinguished themselves through passionate dedication to their communities and a pursuit of studies in the fields of medicine or healthcare. Since 1990, JPMF has awarded more than $500,000 to deserving students.

    This year’s scholarship winners include, from Astronaut High School, Ashlyn Foster, Allie Glass, Ryan Gordon, Emily Hurlburt, Hailey Kon, Sheyenne Lewis, Grant Isaac Robinson, and Kalyn Rubio; Cocoa High School awardee Jamisen Blevins; from Edgewater Jr./Sr. High School, Sadhna Seth; Merritt Island High School recipient Savannah Auriemma; Tessa Mitzlaff and Hannah Kirby from Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; and Titusville High School awardees Rebekah Feaster and Jorianys Rodriguez-Rivera.

    College students awarded scholarships include, Alexis Mills and Cindy Sluka from Daytona State College; Eastern Florida State College awardee Natalie Perin; Arun Jagarlamudi, Nova Southeastern University; Southeastern University recipient Sydney Van Horn; Noah Langelier and Julia Simonsen from the University of Central Florida; and University of Miami awardee Sarah Sluka.

    Scholarship committee chair Barbara Terhune led the committee through the process of evaluating applicants in the areas of academic performance, awards and honors, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and work experience, recommendation letters, application essay and Parrish Healthcare/JPMF affiliation.

    “This year’s scholarship recipients were again exceptional and we look to them to lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare,” said Randy Coleman, JPMF board chair. “The Foundation is honored to support the future education endeavors of such accomplished and well-deserving students. Our congratulations to all the awardees as they take the next step forward in their academic careers.”

    Committee members include Santi Bulnes; Deborah Cox; Dot Hudson; Terry Lee; Josh Norris; Howard Rinker, DDS; Natalie Sellers; Philip Simpson, PhD; and Barbara Terhune, committee chair.

    JPMF is investing in the future by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who are pursuing careers that one day will provide healing to our community. To learn more about JPMF/PHC scholarships, visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives Funding for Medical Scholarships

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, May 8, 2023—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation received $25,000 in funding from Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association (BIMDA) during their annual Medical Expo and Dinner Awards on Saturday, April 29 at the Hilton Rialto. Funds will be used to support the JPMF Medical Scholarship program, which provide scholarships to students pursuing a healthcare career related to human health. Since 1990, the scholarship program has awarded over $500,000 to more than 450 outstanding applicants.

    Glad Kurian, BIMDA Founder and Honorary Executive Director, stated “We are glad to support the future of healthcare with scholarships and wish all the deserving past and future recipients a bright future in their educational and career goals.”

    This gift will create the BIMDA scholarship in honor of Dr. Ashok C. Shah and Glad Kurian to provide two scholarships annually to qualifying candidates until 2034.

    “BIMDA has been an outstanding partner, and we are incredibly grateful for their continued generosity” said Randy Coleman, Chairman of the JPMF Board of Directors. “They have made a lasting impact on the community, the students and their education. We are honored to have been chosen as an award recipient.”

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


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for May

    TITUSVILLE, FL (April 26, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The May 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

  • When: Mon., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

  • When: Wed., May 3; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

  • When: Mon., May 8; 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
  • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Mon., May 8; 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
  • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
  • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thurs., May 11, 25; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tues., May 16; 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

  • When: Wed., May 17; 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
  • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wed., May 17; 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
  • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

  • When: Tues., May 30; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Receives Major Gift for Medical Scholarship Endowment

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. April 19, 2023—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) received $100,000 in funding from the Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary, LLC in support of the JPMF scholarship program. This gift will establish an endowment to assist in funding scholarships and provide aid to those pursuing careers in the medical field that will one day provide healing care to our community.

    The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation scholarship program was created in 1990 and, in partnership with the PMC Auxiliary, LLC, has awarded more than $500,000 to over 450 outstanding recipients. Medical scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area and are pursuing a degree in the human health/medical field. Awards can be applied to tuition, books, supplies or other expenses related to the student’s educational pursuit.

    “On behalf of the Foundation, I cannot express our gratitude to the PMC Auxiliary Board of Directors and members enough for this decision” said Randy Coleman, Chairman of the JPMF Board of Directors. “This gift will be transformational for the Scholarship program and ensures the next generation of Care Partners in North Brevard can continue to have the support they need. It also continues the storied legacy of the Auxiliary and the monumental impact they have on our community.”

    The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, in collaboration with PMC Auxiliary, LLC, is investing in the future of our area by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who distinguish themselves through passionate dedication to their communities and a pursuit of studies in the fields of medicine or healthcare.

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


    The Children’s Center Welcomes Advanced Care Partners Pediatric Prescribed Extended Care Center Now Open in Titusville, Florida

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 17, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare is pleased to announce that Advanced Care Partners’ Pediatric Prescribed Extended Care (PPEC) center is now open. Located within The Children’s Center, a service of Parrish Healthcare, at 5670 S. Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780, the PPEC center will provide comprehensive medical care and support services to children with complex medical needs up to age 21.

    “Our Titusville PPEC center is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and staffed with highly trained and compassionate healthcare professionals,” said Cristol Therien-Douglas, PPEC Administrator of Advanced Care Partners. “We specialize in providing quality care for children with medical needs that are 100% covered by Medicaid.” The Titusville PPEC provides service 12-hours per day, for as many as six days per week with a qualifying diagnosis, such as, gastronomy tubes, feeding tubes, central lines, trach tubes, and many more.

    PPEC services include skilled nursing care; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; educational programs; nutritional support and more. We provide a handicap-accessible playground with a new wheelchair swing to ensure every child enjoys their time at our PPEC.

    “We are excited to welcome Advanced Care Partners to The Children’s Center,” said Vaneesha Greco, manager of The Children’s Center. “Our mission is to be a one-stop resource for childhood health and development services, and the addition of Advanced Care Partners’ PPEC is a perfect complement to our programs and services,” added Greco.

    The Titusville PPEC center is now accepting new patients. To schedule a tour or learn more about our services, please visit www.advancedcarepartners.com/for-ppec-daycare/ or www.parrishhealthcare.com/the-childrens-center.


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Free Diabetes Education Class April 24

    Titusville, FL (April 11, 2023)—Parrish Healthcare is offering a free community education class on diabetes. Decoding Diabetes will take place on Monday, April 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville (just south of Parrish Medical Center’s main campus on the corner of Jess Parrish Court and US-1).

    Decoding Diabetes is led by Parrish Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. This fun, interactive, and instructional class designed for people age 18 and older with diabetes and will include information on:

    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical wellness
    • Preventing complications
    • Much more!
    The class is free but space is limited. Register today at parrishhealthcare.com/decodingdiabetes.

    For additional information, please call at 321-268-6699.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Continues to Draw Sell-Out Crowd and Exceed Fundraising Goal

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 11, 2023)—More than 75 sponsors, 53 teams, 212 players and dozens of volunteers participated in the annual two-course Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 31, at Indian River Preserve Golf Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. Since 2011, the tournament has raised more than $700,000.

    The law firm of Zumpano Patricios presented the 18-hole scramble for the ninth consecutive year. JPMF hosted another sell-out crowd at this year’s tournament and exceeded its fundraising goal of $80,000, raising more than $88,000 to benefit The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    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. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

    “Fran was a kind and humble man who loved helping others, especially children. The Foundation’s tournament honoring my father means as much to me and my family as it does to those it benefits,” said Amy Craddock, event co-chair. “My family would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors, committee, volunteers, course partners and everyone that played a role in the extraordinary success of the event. We are honored to be able to preserve our father’s legacy and continue to support the children and families in need of the vital services provided by The Children’s Center.”

    Event partners included Presenting sponsor Zumpano Patricios. Platinum-level sponsor HHS; and Gold-level sponsors were MedFast Urgent Care Centers; RUSH Construction, Inc.; and RW Services, LLC. Silver-level sponsors included Injury Centers of Brevard; MIS-Medical Imaging Solutions; Regions Bank; and Wound Care Advantage. Bronze-level sponsors were Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; The Broome Law Firm/Chris & Kelley Broome; Certified Plumbing of Brevard, Inc.; Cintas Corporation; Coastal Health Systems of Brevard; Randy and Mary Coleman; CPS; CSI Leasing, Inc.; Green Air Environmental of Central Florida; Howard W. Rinker, D.D.S.; Bill and Rachel Terry; UBS Financial Services / Susan Morse and Daniel Levy; and The Watauga Company. Supporting-level sponsors included Advanced Care Partners PPEC; Claudine Brandon / Golf 1 Inc.; Carmona Pathology Associates, P.A.; Herman and Joyce Cole; Florida Health Care Plans; Mary Haddad-Mauzy / Coldwell Banker Coast Realty; The Mikitarian Family; nexAir, LLC; Novatech; Ron Norris Buick, GMC, Honda, Ford; Parrish Home Health – LHC Group, Inc.; The Rodriguez Family – McDonald’s; Greg and Kathy Sparkman & Allen and Diane Taylor Families; Christine Sylvester; Gabriel Werder, MD; and WFTV – WRDQ. Par-Tee-level sponsors were CarePatrol of Melbourne; Celebrate RE/MAX Aerospace; MEC General Contractors; RW Services, LLC; Space Coast Credit Union; St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care; and System Tech Services, Inc. Beverage sponsor was Cara Fisher – State Farm Insurance; Breakfast sponsor was Firehouse Subs at Titus Landing; and Cart sponsor was Florida Power and Light Company. In-kind sponsors included Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Brevard Zoo; The Cheesecake Factory – Winter Park; The Children’s Center Staff and Families; Color Bar; Costco #1450; Amy Craddock; Duran Golf Club; Durango’s Steakhouse; el Leoncito Cuban & Mexican Restaurant; Envinity; Grainger; Vaneesha Greco; The Great Outdoors Golf Club; Green Air Environmental of Central Florida; Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex; La Cita Country Club; Chris and Lisa McAlpine; Moon Golf; Kathy Myer; Ron Norris Buick, GMC, Honda, Ford; Kenneth O’Dea; Orlando Solar Bears Hockey; Publix Supermarkets; Regions Bank; Residence Inn Marriott – Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach; The Resort on Cocoa Beach; Jeff Riley; Christie Rimsky; River Lanes Family Entertainment Center; Sego’s Home Medical Equipment; Space Coast Credit Union; Greg and Kathy Sparkman; Leigh Spradling; Systems Tech Services, Inc.; Total Wine and More, Viera; Turtle Creek Golf Club; Valentino’s New York Style Pizza & Restaurant; Valiant Air Command – Warbird Air Museum; and The Weaver Family. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the tournament.

    “We are overjoyed by the tremendous support the tournament continues to receive, and are thrilled to have so many organizations and community partners join us to make a difference in the vital work of The Children’s Center,” said Leigh Spradling, tournament co-chair.

    Taking home top honors were the men’s division first-place teams of Matt Belle, Mahindra Lutchman, Matias Trevino and Brandon Wells at Indian River Preserve Golf Club and Neil Hunt, Brian Hurd, Steve Hurd and Josh Norris at The Great Outdoors. The mixed division first-place teams included players Amanda Cole, Chris Cole, Herman Cole and Joyce Cole at Indian River Preserve and Lynne Anderson, Harold Gero, John Gero and Susan Jensen at The Great Outdoors. The foursome of Mary Lou Angarano, Roz Angarano, Patty Labaz and Patricia McCarrick, took top women’s division honors at Indian River Preserve and Amy Craddock, Kathy Myer, Jeanne O’Bryan and Toni Thigpin at The Great Outdoors. Special recognition for the team having the most fun on their course went to Neil Harber, Kelli Neros, Cristol Therien-Douglas and Tiffany Welke at The Great Outdoors.

    Amy Craddock and Leigh Spradling, event co-chairs, led the tournament planning committee that included members Santi Bulnes, Kathy Myer, Greg Sparkman, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Kristina Weaver and Suzanne Yarbrough.

    Next year’s tournament is scheduled for April 5, 2024. For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, or to secure your 2024 event partnership today, contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician Paul Bucolo, MD

    Paul Bucolo, MD, MD

    Paul Bucolo, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 10, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician Paul Bucolo, MD, to their family of primary care providers and to the North Brevard Community.

    Dr. Bucolo is an award-winning physician who specializes in the prevention and management of acute and chronic health conditions for men and women of all ages. He is a current member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is passionate about improving health inequities. He has served as a volunteer, providing care to the medically-underserved for more than eight years.

    After graduating with honors from the University of Florida, Dr. Bucolo received his medical degree from the University of Science Arts and Technology in Olveston, Montserrat, earning the top spot as valedictorian of his class. He went on to complete a family medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences in Fayetteville, AR. During his residency, Dr. Bucolo was honored as Chief Resident. A highly experienced clinician with more than 15 years of medical experience, Dr. Bucolo also holds a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Bucolo joins the primary care practices of Parrish Medical Group, conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center (at Titus Landing), 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780, Dr. Bucolo welcomes new patients. Most insurances accepted. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/bucolo.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for April

    TITUSVILLE, FL (March 28, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The April 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mon., Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms
    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.
    • When: Wed., Apr. 5; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe
    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.
    • When: Mon., Apr. 10; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport
    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.
    • When: Mon., Apr. 10; 6-8 p.m.
    • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport
    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.
    • When: Thurs., Apr. 13, 27; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport
    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.
    • When: Tues., Apr. 18; 2-4 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport
    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
    • When: Wed., Apr. 19; 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps
    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.
    • When: Wed., Apr. 19; 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport
    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.
    • When: Tues., Apr. 25; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking
    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Board-Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician, Feguens Bataille, MD

    Feguens Bataille, MD

    Feguens Bataille, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 22, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Board-Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician, Feguens Bataille, MD, to the North Brevard community.

    Dr. Bataille is double board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pain Management. He specializes in the care of patients with a broad spectrum of painful conditions including diseases of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Bataille is an expert in the use of spine injections, radio-frequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation and Kyphoplasty to manage pain.

    Upon earning his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburg, PA, Dr. Bataille went on to complete his internship in Internal Medicine at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati followed by residency in his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 2014, Dr. Bataille successfully completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.

    Dr. Bataille is fluent in English and Haitian Creole. He enjoys weight training, fishing and “makes-an-effort on the golf course.”

    Dr. Bataille joins the practice of Parrish Medical Group Doctors Anthony Allotta, DO, Sports Medicine, David Schafer, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, and Jonathan Lubitz, DPM, Podiatry. The practice is conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Port St. John, FL 32927. Dr. Bataille welcomes new patients. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/bataille.


    Parrish Health & Wellness to Offer Group Exercise Class

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 15, 2023)— A six-week group exercise program begins Tuesday, March 21. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6 p.m.

    Certified personal trainers will lead the classes. During the circuit format, participants will complete a full body workout focused on improving strength, cardiovascular endurance and core stability. “Classes are perfect for all fitness levels as trainers will demonstrate modifications as necessary,” said Kellie Way, director of Parrish Health & Wellness.

    Membership isn’t required. Drop in for $15 per class or save $60 when you register for the full program by March 20.

    Space is limited. Call us at 321-268-6200, or stop in to reserve your spot today! Parrish Health & Wellness is located at 3065 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.


    Parrish Healthcare proud presenting sponsor of the Smile from Within Event was held on Saturday

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 13, 2023)— Smile from Within, an event aimed to bring into the light resources promoting healthy minds and bodies, and destroying stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction was held Saturday, March 11, at Gibson Center Fields in Titusville. Parrish Healthcare was proud to be the presenting sponsor for the free community event that drew hundreds. Smile From Within was the result of a partnership with Brevard Prevention Coalition’s ALL BLACK and Move Into The Light initiatives and the Hassell Foundation.

    “Here, today, in an environment of joy and fellowship, Brevard Prevention Coalition, All Black and the Hassell Foundation are helping people learn things we all need to know, said Robert Jordan, chairman of the Parrish Medical center board of directors. Supporting events like Smile from Within is one more way we serve to extend the reach of our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®. “Parrish Healthcare is proud—and, indeed, grateful—to be the presenting sponsor of Smiles from Within,” added Jordan.

    Children ages five to 15 participated in free football and cheer camps. Former National Football League players Marcus Maye, Bennet Jackson, DJ Montgomery, Willie Harvey, Sheldrick Redwine, and Shak Taylor joined TJ Hassell to share their experiences with aspiring young football players, while former NFL cheerleader Khamare Farrar led the cheer camp.


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Board-Certified Urologist Beibei Oelrich, MD, PhD

    Beibei Oelrich, MD, PhD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 10, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Board-Certified Urologist, Beibei Oelrich, MD, PhD to the North Brevard community.

    Dr. Oelrich is an internationally trained and award-winning urologist who has completed and published several research studies over the last 15 years. She is certified by the American Board of Urology and sees both male and female patients for the care of all urological conditions including incontinence, disorders of the prostate, kidney stones and erectile dysfunction. She has a special interest in urological cancers and is an expert in minimally invasive robotic surgeries.

    After earning her medical degree from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Oelrich went on to earn her PhD in Clinical Physiology. She then successfully completed two residencies in Urology; one at Charité University Hospital in Berlin and another at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

    Before joining Parrish Medical Group, Dr. Oelrich practiced in Destin and Ft. Walton Beach, FL. She has also practiced in Southern California.

    Dr. Oelrich is fluent in English, Mandarin and German. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, biking, sailing and playing the piano.

    Conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center (at Titus Landing), 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780, Dr. Oelrich welcomes new patients to her practice. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/oelrich.


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Free Diabetes Education Class March 27

    Titusville, FL (March 8, 2023)—Parrish Healthcare is offering a free community education class on diabetes. Decoding Diabetes will take place on Monday, March 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville (just south of Parrish Medical Center’s main campus on the corner of Jess Parrish Court and US-1).

    Decoding Diabetes is led by Parrish Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. This fun, interactive, and instructional class designed for people age 18 and older with diabetes and will include information on:

    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical wellness
    • Preventing complications
    • Much more!

    The class is free but space is limited. Register today at parrishhealthcare.com/decodingdiabetes. For additional information, please call at 321-268-6699.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for March

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 28, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The March 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wed., Mar. 1; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mon., Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thurs., Mar. 9, 23; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

    • When: Mon., Mar. 13; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

    • When: Mon., Mar. 13; 6-8 p.m.
    • Where: Manatee Conference Room, 5005 Port St. John Pkwy., Port St. John
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

    • When: Wed., Mar. 15; 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wed., Mar. 15; 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tues., Mar. 21; 2-4 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

    • When: Tues., Mar. 28; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.


    Parrish Medical Center Hospitalist Group Honored Nationwide

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 17, 2023) – Parrish Medical Center’s hospitalist group, Apogee Physicians™, has been recognized as Program of the Month – a distinction bestowed upon only one hospital program monthly of more than 50 programs nationwide. In addition to this honor, Parrish Medical Center’s Director of Hospital Staff and Medical Director of Parrish Medical Group, Dr. Kevat Patel, has been named Hospitalist of the Month.

    Kevat Patel, MD

    Kevat Patel, MD
    Director of Hospital Staff, Parrish Medical Center and Medical Director, Parrish Medical Group

    Of the honor, Dr. Patel said, "It is an absolute privilege to be part of Parrish Medical Center. Apogee and Parrish are one big family with a commitment of providing safe, healing and exceptional patient care. We are honored to receive this recognition but we, as doctors and nurse practitioners, cannot do it alone.”

    Dr. Patel continued, “Our success is deeply rooted in the support we receive from the Parrish Medical Center board of directors, administration, the more than 1,300 care partners that make up this healing organization, and, perhaps most importantly, those who allow us to practice the art of medicine every day – our community. Without you, our degrees would be just mere pieces of paper on a wall.”

    “We were, are and will always be one family dedicated to person and family-centered care. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for this wonderful honor. It is truly a testament to the healing experiences that take place every day at Parrish Medical Center", Dr. Patel concluded.

    Parrish Medical Center and Apogee Physicians™ have been in partnership since 2020. For more information on the services Parrish Medical Center provides, please visit parrishhealthcare.com.


    The Joint Commission awards integrated care recertification to Parrish Healthcare, nation’s first - and only - to earn integrated care recognition

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Jan. 30, 2023)— The integrated health care system created by Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has earned recertification after an intensive review by America’s premier health care accrediting body.

    Parrish Healthcare, a collaborative structure of health care partners, remains the nation’s only certified integrated care system meeting the standards of The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission reviewers specializing in integrated care determined Parrish Healthcare again met the high standards to achieve certification renewal.

    “The Joint Commission’s standards for recertification are stringent,” said George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare president and CEO. “That Parrish Healthcare has received it for the third time is a tribute to the collaboration and commitment of our care partners,” said Mikitarian. “Certification continues to make the statement about the legitimacy of our integrated care system more clearly than a hundred marketing campaigns by health care organizations that haven’t successfully put forth the same time, work, or resources to meet the established standards.”

    “Integrated Care Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Parrish Healthcare for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for patients.”

    Parrish Healthcare’s first certification was in 2016 and voluntarily seeks recertification every three years.

    “We’re proud and humbled to have again accomplished this for our patients’ benefit,” added Mikitarian.


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Free Diabetes Education Class February 27

    Titusville, FL (January 23, 2023)—Parrish Healthcare is offering a free community education class on diabetes. Decoding Diabetes will take place on Monday, February 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville (just south of Parrish Medical Center’s main campus on the corner of Jess Parrish Court and US-1).

    Decoding Diabetes is led by Parrish Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. This fun, interactive, and instructional class designed for people age 18 and older with diabetes and will include information on:

    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical wellness
    • Preventing complications
    • Much more!
    The class is free but space is limited. Register today at parrishhealthcare.com/decodingdiabetes.
    For additional information, please call at 321-268-6699.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Group Schedule for February

    Titusville, FL (January 20, 2023) — Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The February 2023 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wed., Feb. 1; 10-11 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mon., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/Moms

    Parenting Unique Minds (Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop)
    An 8-session workshop series for parents of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents will learn the importance of play, childhood self-care and independence and the basics of Applied Behavior Analysis.

    • When: Wed., Feb. 8; 5:30-6pm
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For additional information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/ASD

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thurs., Feb. 9, 23; 9:30-11:30 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

    • When: Mon., Feb. 13; 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Early Steps Community Play Date
    A special play date for children five and under and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

    • When: Wed., Feb. 15; 9-10:30am
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Mary Cancel, Family Resource Specialist
    • For additional information visit parrishhealthcare.com/EarlySteps

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wed., Feb. 15; 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tues., Feb. 21; 2-4:00 pm
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Celebration
    Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic (AWAKE). Is your family AWAKE? All are invited to join for this free sleep event. Learn how getting a better night’s sleep can improve the overall health of your family. Enjoy a delicious meal and register to win multiple door prize drawings.

    • When: Thurs., Feb. 23; 5-8 pm
    • Where: Indian River Preserve, 3950 Clubhouse Dr., Mims
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/AWAKE

    Tools to Quit Smoking Now
    We know quitting tobacco isn’t easy but finding help should be. Parrish Healthcare has partnered with Tobacco Free Florida to offer this free class which equips those to use tobacco with tools and services to quit.

    • When: Tues., Feb. 28; 5:30-7:30pm
    • Where: Parrish Medical Center, 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • For more information and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/quitsmoking

    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.



    Parrish Healthcare Proudly Sponsors Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January ­17, 2022)— Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s service to community, Parrish Healthcare was proud to provide health education and blood pressure checks at North Brevard’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day on Monday, January 16. The event, held at Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville, included live entertainment, a charity basketball game, a car show, food vendors, and a variety of health and wellness resource vendors.

    Martin Luther King Day - PMC

    This year’s event was organized by Boyz 2 Men with a Purpose whose mission is to support, mentor, and educate boys and young men ages seven and older, to positively impact their communities. The skills and trades taught include culinary arts, graphic design, carpentry, auto mechanics, and more.

    Martin Luther King Day - PMC

    Parrish Healthcare has served as a primary sponsor for MLK Day events within North Brevard since 2014. “Our support of MLK Day is one more way we serve to extend the reach of our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities,” said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer for the improvement of their communities. During the last quarter-century, the MLK Day of Service has grown, and its impact increased as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role in improving communities.

    “We believe in Dr. King’s enduring message that ‘everybody can be great because everybody can serve,’” said Mikitarian.

    “There is greatness in every act of kindness and service whether you donate blood, provide meals or shelter to the homeless, or mentor at-risk youth,” added Mikitarian.

    For more information about Boyz 2 Men with a Purpose, visit https://b2mpurpose.com/


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Dennis Tishko, MD, FACS, Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon

    Dennis Tishko

    Dennis Tishko, MD, FACS

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January ­16, 2023)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon, Dennis Tishko, MD, FACS to the North Brevard community.

    With more than 30 years’ experience as a board-certified Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Tishko’s medical philosophy is rooted in person and family-centered care, believing that educated and informed patients do best. Of this, he states, “Their motivation and understanding are critical to a successful recovery. Education is an integral part of the care I provide to each individual and their family.” He is especially passionate about the early detection of lung cancer through innovative and informative cancer screening programs.

    Dr. Tishko has performed over 6,000 thoracic surgeries. He has special expertise in caring for those with a diagnosis of lung cancer. To this end, Dr. Tishko invented and pioneered a minimally invasive surgical procedure called single incision video assisted thoracic surgery (SiVATS). This valuable technique extends surgery to those not usually considered to be surgical candidates and promotes less pain, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay when compared with traditional procedures.

    After earning his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Tishko went on to successfully complete his residency in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA of which he was Chief Resident. He completed fellowships in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, WI and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.

    Dr. Tishko is Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeon and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida State University for nearly 10 years. Dr. Tishko and his family reside in the North Brevard community.

    Conveniently located at Parrish Healthcare Center – Titus Landing, located at 250 Harrison Street, Dr. Tishko welcomes new patients to his practice. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/tishko.


    Zumpano Patricios Return as Presenting Sponsor for
    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic on March 31

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (JAN. 13, 2023)— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of Zumpano Patricios as the presenting sponsor for the annual Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 31.

    More than 200 golfers are expected to play the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and/or typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    “Zumpano Patricios is honored to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for the ninth year as presenting sponsor of the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic. It is gratifying to know that our contribution is helping advance the vital work of TCC and that children in North Brevard will continue to have access to the programs, and receive services and support, toward realizing fullest potential during their most important developmental years of life, stated Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios.

    Tournament players can choose between two golf courses – Indian River Preserve Golf Club with its rich, lush rolling fairways designed by Perry Dye and LPGA champion Jan Stephenson or The Great Outdoors Golf Club with the beautiful natural environment of the St. Johns wildlife refuge. Course selection is first-come, first choice with paid registration.

    Event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. 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 chance drawing ticket for $20. The drawing will take place at the event. Those purchasing tickets need not be present to win.

    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 his longtime dedication to our community and favorite charity, The Children’s Center.

    Community leaders and volunteers organize the golf classic. Event co-chairs are Amy Craddock and Leigh Spradling. Other members of the golf committee include Santi Bulnes, Lana Grimsley, Kathy Myer, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Greg Sparkman, and Kristina Weaver.

    The foundation welcomes all businesses and organizations to participate and support the event. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500.

    For information on sponsor opportunities, or to purchase chance drawing tickets, contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.


    Jordan Re-Elected Chairman of Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors

    TITUSVILLE, FL (January 10, 2023) – Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors, in accordance with its bylaws, held an election of officers during its January board meeting. The election resulted in the following office appointments:

    Mr. Robert Jordan

    Mr. Robert Jordan

    Chairman of the Board: Robert L. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Jordan has served as Parrish Medical Center’s Chairman of the Board since 2021. Additionally, he has served in numerous other capacities on the Board of Directors since 1998. Mr. Jordan is chairman, president and CEO of Genesis VII, having more than 33 years of experience in the Aerospace field. He holds numerous board positions in the public and private sectors and is former Vice Mayor of Titusville.

    Vice Chairman: Stanley Retz, CPA. Mr. Retz has served as Parrish Medical Center’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Director since 2021. He has served in other capacities on the Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Retz has been a certified public accountant for more than 40 years providing tax, accounting and financial advice to businesses and individuals.

    Treasurer: Herman A. Cole. Jr. Col, USAF (Ret). Colonel Cole has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors since 2000 in a number of capacities, including former Chairman of the Board. Colonel Cole has an extensive background in directing, managing and administering large, worldwide construction projects.

    Secretary: Elizabeth Galfo, MD. Dr. Galfo has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors since 2015. She is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, serving as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director from 1997 to 2020.

    Member-at-Large: Maureen E. Rupe. Ms. Rupe has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors since 2002. She has an extensive background in public service, including as president of Partnership for a Sustainable Future; chair and board member of League of Women Voters; charter review commission member for Brevard County 2003-2004; Brevard County Land Procedures and Policies Committee; chairman of Port St. John Library board; and president of the Brevard British Club.

    In addition to the board officers, the nine-member board of directors includes returning members Billie Fitzgerald, Jerry Noffel, Ashok Shah, MD, and Billy Specht.


    Titusville Fire Department Raises Awareness and Funds in Support of Parrish Healthcare’s Cancer Care Program

    Titusville Fire Department presents a check

    Titusville Fire Department presents a check for $2,000 to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for their cancer care program at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured are Parrish Healthcare care partners, Foundation board members and Titusville Fire Department personnel.

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Jan. 3, 2023) —Titusville Fire Department (TFD) presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with $2,000 in support of cancer care programs at Parrish Healthcare (PHC). Since the inception of the annual Pink Out Campaign, TFD has raised more than $17,000 to support Parrish’s Cancer Care program.

    Titusville Fire Department showed their support by going pink for the cause with their 2022 Pink Out campaign. During the month of October, as part of nationwide and local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, department members continued their tradition of selling and wearing pink-themed T-shirts in place of their uniform shirts to observe breast cancer awareness month.

    For the eighth year, Titusville Fire has generously given back to JPMF and supported PHC’s cancer care program. In addition to releasing a new design for the limited-edition TFD Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt and stainless-steel tumblers provided by Printboy, vintage design T-shirts were included in this year’s campaign fundraising selections.

    “Social media, online ordering, the addition of new items and numerous longtime campaign supporters contributed to the success of this year’s fundraising,” stated Gregory Sutton, battalion chief of administration, PIO. “Our sincerest thanks to those from our community and beyond that ordered shirts and tumblers to support our campaign in the fight against cancer. We look forward to next year’s campaign, our continued partnership with JPMF and giving back to those we serve.”

    Screenings remain a top priority for PHC. “The Cancer Care program at Parrish, the area’s only program that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer, continues to provide free life-saving mammograms to those most in need; those that are out of work, under-insured or without insurance, and those struggling with high deductibles,” said Shannon Luker, PHC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator. “We are grateful to TFD and all those in the community that supported this year’s campaign. It is gratifying to be part of a community that comes together to help provide the vital resources for cancer screenings that enable us to identify cancer in earlier stages, resulting in better patient outcomes.”

    “The generous support provided by Titusville Fire will provide the availability of additional resources and opportunities to those we serve in North Brevard that may not otherwise have access to these critical services and care,” said Rachel Terry, JPMF immediate past board chair and annual gifts co-chair. “We are grateful to our community partner, Titusville Fire Department, for their ongoing commitment to PHC’s cancer care program and helping to advance PMC’s vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®.

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


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Free Diabetes Education Class January 23

    Titusville, FL (December 28, 2022)—Parrish Healthcare is offering a free community education class on diabetes. Decoding Diabetes is scheduled Monday, January 23, from 2:30 to 4 pm, at Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796 (south of the Parrish Medical Center’s main campus on the corner of Jess Parrish Court and US-1).

    Decoding Diabetes is led by Parrish Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. This fun, interactive, and instructional class designed for people age 18 and older with diabetes and will include information on:

    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical wellness
    • Preventing complications
    • Much more!
    The class is free but space is limited. Register today at parrishhealthcare.com/decodingdiabetes.
    For additional information, please call at 321-268-6699.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Releases Book of Honor Tribute Video

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Dec. 22, 2022) — Since the inception of Gift of Light tributes in 1999, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has raised more than $400,000 to help heal our community through gifts that celebrate, remember and honor one’s life.

    The tribute gift program is available throughout the year and culminates with the Gift of Light celebration and annual holiday tree lighting. Donors can honor a loved with a gift of $35 or more per honoree to place a light on the tree, or a donation of $100 or more for a light on the radiant star and recognition on the Wall of Honor at Parrish Medical Center throughout the following year.

    Honor and memorial gifts will be permanently listed in the Book of Honor displayed year-round in the hospital’s All Faiths Chapel and in the atrium during the holiday season. Tributes are also featured in a digital Book of Honor, and can be viewed at www.parrishmedfoundation.com/tributes. The animated video showcases those memorialized, as well as those making donations in another’s honor.

    Through these tribute gifts, donors have helped provide support to our first responders with lifesaving equipment and training; programs and services for those Parrish Healthcare has the privilege to serve; and medical scholarships to assist the next generation of medical professionals in their pursuits of shaping the future of healthcare. Every day, tribute gifts are helping to make a difference in our Mission: Healing Experiences for Everyone All The Time® and Vision: Healing Families—Healing Communities®.

    “We are overjoyed by the tremendous support we continue to receive for Gift of Light tributes, and are delighted to have so many organizations and community partners joining us to make a difference in our community,” said Randall Coleman, Chairman of the JPMF Board of Directors.

    Honor a loved one with a tribute gift by contacting Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/donate.


    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

    Lester R. Eljaiek, CPA, CHFP, Chief Financial Officer TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 20, 2022)— Parrish Healthcare is pleased to welcome financial executive, Lester R. Eljaiek, CPA, CHFP as its new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. With more than 25 years of experience in strategic and operational finance, Mr. Eljaiek has proven himself as a respected and trusted financial leader.

    Of joining Parrish Healthcare, Mr. Eljaiek says, “I could not be more excited to be part of the Parrish Healthcare family. Their commitment to person and family-centered care, to patient safety and to the local community are second to none. I look forward to fulfilling our mission by serving those who have trusted us with their health care needs.”

    Mr. Eljaiek earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and went on to successfully complete his Master of Accounting both from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also holds a Healthcare Financial Management Association certification as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional. His other accolades include a membership with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and as a CFO Fellow with the GE Healthcare Management Academy.

    Prior to joining Parrish Healthcare, Lester served as Regional Chief Financial Officer for Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a public, not-for-profit health system. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Lifespan, a not-for-profit Rhode Island-based health system and as Vice President of Finance for Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit health system located in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Eljaiek resides in the North Brevard community with his family.


    PARRISH MEDICAL CENTER AND CIGNA REACH AGREEMENT TO ENSURE CONTINUED ACCESS TO CARE

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (December 19, 2022) - Parrish Medical Center and Cigna have reached a multi-year agreement that ensures Cigna customers will have continued access to Parrish Medical Center (PMC) and Parrish Medical Group (PMG) physicians for quality health care at affordable, predictable rates. The new agreement is effective immediately.

    “While we regret Cigna’s failure to timely and fairly resolve the dispute that resulted in its members suffering unnecessary confusion over potential disruption in service, we are pleased Cigna members will continue to have access to high quality healthcare close to home,” said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian.

    This new agreement ensures peace of mind for the customers mutually served by Parrish Medical Center and Cigna – there will not be any disruption of service and Parrish Medical Center continues as an in-network provider for Cigna customers.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes General Surgeon Peng Yu

    Peng Yu, B. Med, MS, PhD, General Surgeon TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 13, 2022)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome General Surgeon Peng Yu, B. Med, MS, PhD, to the North Brevard community. Dr. Yu specializes in general surgery, including procedures of the appendix, gallbladder, spleen, large and small intestines, hernia repairs and access for hemodialysis. His office is located at Parrish Healthcare Center, 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL, 32780 (Titus Landing).

    Dr. Yu received his bachelor of medicine in 1998 from Dalian Medical University. He then successfully completed residencies in general surgery both internationally and in the United States. Dr. Yu went on to study the specialty of burn surgery and critical care as a clinical fellow at the University of Colorado. He holds certifications in advanced trauma life support and in the specialties of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery.

    Dr. Yu is excited to join the Parrish Medical Group team of experts and to provide quality general surgical services to the North Brevard community. Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Yu are now accepting new patients. For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/yu.


    Parrish Medical Center earns prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

    PMC: Baby-Friendly Designation TITUSVILLE, FL (December 9, 2022) – Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce that it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

    This distinguished honor demonstrates that PMC is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

    The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”

    Parrish Medical Center joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, 603 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.

    “We are extremely proud to be recognized for the hard work of our care partners throughout the Baby-Friendly process,” said Melinda Hodges, Manager, Parrish Medical Center Women’s Center. “PMC is committed to providing the support, education and resources moms need to successfully initiate breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding when they leave our care.”

    “This designation is the culmination of a lot of hard work and determination across our organization, all with a goal of helping families get off to a good start,” added Parrish Healthcare’s Sr. Vice President Natalie Sellers. “We are proud to offer an environment that supports best practices shown to increase breastfeeding exclusivity and duration and are committed to give moms who choose to breastfeed the best chance for success.”


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Students Pursuing Career in Healthcare

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Dec. 8, 2022) —Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical or healthcare field. Scholarship award recipients will be announced in May 2023.

    Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area. Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the human health/medical field are also eligible to apply. 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 and have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average. Graduate students are not eligible.

    High school students who attend Astronaut High School, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School and Titusville High School may obtain an application from the Guidance Office at their school. Others may obtain an application by calling the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or by visiting www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 10, 2023.


    Parrish Healthcare ends Relationship with Cigna

    See update December 19, 2022

    TITUSVILLE, FL (12-7-2022) – Parrish Healthcare has announced its relationship with Cigna Health Care will end on Dec. 16, 2022, citing overall financial losses from its relationship with Cigna and a refusal by the insurance giant to reimburse Parrish over $1 million for services previously provided to members despite projected Cigna 2022 revenues of more than $179 billion.

    “We cannot continue to operate at a loss with Cigna,” said Parrish Healthcare Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer Chris McAlpine, who said along with the financial losses Cigna is forcing on Parrish, the insurance giant also refuses to pay $1.3 million it owes additionally for services to its members.

    “Operating at a deficit with Cigna means we would have to make up the difference from other payers, and/or increase our rates to self-pay patients, which is not fair to others who use our hospital,” McAlpine said.

    “This was a difficult but necessary decision,” McAlpine added. “We have tried for many months to reach an agreement with Cigna through which Parrish Healthcare would not be operating at a loss related to Cigna patients; unfortunately, we could not arrive at an arrangement that was fair to the hospital and ultimately, to the people we serve. For months we have been in negotiations with Cigna representatives Vice President, Network Management North Florida Diane Wilkosz, Assistant Vice President Network Management Ron Bechor, Institutional Network Administrator Phil Osczepinski and Provider Contract Negotiator Lee Shupsky, to no avail.”

    Parrish continues to work cooperatively with more than 20 insurers; however, as of Dec. 16, Cigna will not be on the list.

    Parrish Healthcare charges patients less than all other Brevard hospitals, according to information on the Florida Compare Care Web site based on results reported and certified by health care facilities to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

    Losses occurring from the Cigna contract are felt acutely, McAlpine said. According to Parrish Healthcare, Cigna has refused to pay $1.3 million it additionally owes for services contractually rendered to Cigna members.

    This is despite “Cigna’s outlook for full year 2022 adjusted revenues is projected be at least $179 billion,” according to a recent press release, “Cigna Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Results, Raises 2022 Outlook.”

    The release also stated, “Cigna’s outlook for full year 2022 consolidated adjusted income from operations is projected to be $7.23 billion.”

    Furthermore, according to Cigna’s published quarterly financials, the multi-billion-dollar insurance company reports its net income is up 70.08%; net profit margin is up 67.12% and its net change in cash is up 749.11%.

    A letter issued by Cigna concerning Parrish to its member states, “our goal is to reach an agreement that keeps your healthcare affordable.”

    However, Parrish Healthcare’s Parrish Medical Center is the county’s only public hospital, and is one of the least expensive hospitals in the state. As such, Parrish Healthcare’s position has been consistently clear, said George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare president and CEO.

    “This matter could have been easily resolved some time ago by Cigna paying us what we are owed, $1.3 million,” Mikitarian said. What has occurred has been to string us along hoping that we would just give in and go away. Under the conditions Cigna is imposing on us and the people we serve, we cannot and will not rescind our notice of termination. It’s the only avenue left to us.

    Shame on them for initiating such a heartless tactic!” Additionally, Mikitarian said that as an Independent District of the State of Florida, “We view these funds as the public’s money: $1.3 million is a material sum of money for our organization as we carry out our charitable mission. There is no dispute as to whether this money is owed to us. We have provided to Cigna a very reasonable solution. We expect to be paid.”

    Parrish Healthcare is also the only clinically integrated organization in the country as accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare organization accreditation body. Parrish Healthcare’s clinical integration has led to successful performance of its contract with Brevard Public Schools. Parrish Healthcare is Cigna’s preferred network within the BPS Silver Plan offered to its employees and performs exponentially better in terms of cost-savings for both the employer and the employees. According to Cigna’s numbers, BPS’ Gold Plan is $12 million over budget and the Silver Plan is $2M better than budget.

    “The cost savings to the BPS and its employees have been substantial,” said McAlpine. “Therefore, we do not see our expectation of full repayment as a burden to a multi-billion-dollar insurance company that has posted record earnings or its subscribers. It is exactly the opposite.”

    “What we cannot do, regardless of the size of Cigna or their bullying tactics, is lose money in our dealings with the company,” added Mikitarian.

    It is important to note, however, there is no impact on use of emergency services; those will continue to be covered as in the past, he said.

    For a list of insurers with which Parrish Healthcare (Parrish Medical Center and Parrish Medical Group) participate is available by visiting https://www.parrishhealthcare.com/patients-visitors/financial-services/insurance-affiliate/. Cigna will be removed from the website as an affiliate effective December 16, 2022.


    Healing Holiday Sounds at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (December 6, 2022)—Parrish Medical Center is delighted to welcome healing holiday sounds with live musical guests throughout the holiday season. Recently, Parrish Medical Center hosted a small brass group from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Visitors, patients and medical staff alike enjoyed the harmonic sounds throughout the atrium. a small brass group from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra

    A sampling of the classic seasonal songs that the Brevard Symphony Orchestra performed, included Little Drummer Boy, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, to name a few.

    Understanding and believing in music’s healing affects, Parrish Medical Center has made music a regular part of its healing environment for more than two decades. Live weekly music performances have been reinstated since the pandemic and are held in the medical center’s atrium near the central seating area for outpatient services and the atrium cafe. Community volunteer musicians as well as professional musicians play weekly. A beautiful baby grand piano, donated by PMC Volunteer Services, has a prominent place as well in the atrium.

    “Whether it is a scheduled outpatient surgery, MRI or mammogram, having access to healing music helps to ease feelings of stress or anxiety,” said Parrish Healthcare Senior Vice President, Natalie Sellers. “We will be hosting several other holiday musical performances throughout the month of December such as Titusville Fine Arts Institute, local elementary school choral groups, volunteer pianists and other musicians,” Sellers said.

    Healing Experiences For Everyone All The Time® is Parrish Healthcare’s mission and the system has served to fulfill that mission in part by providing a healing environment it has designed and created for the people and community served. To view Parrish Healthcare’s music schedule visit, parrishhealthcare.com/events-calendar. If you are interested in being a volunteer musician please contact 321-268-6110.


    Parrish Healthcare Announces Community Support Groups Schedule for December

    Parrish Healthcare offers a variety of support groups as a free service to the community. The December 2022 schedule is as follows:

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mondays, Dec. 5, 12, 19; 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Teri Newman, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
    • For additional information and to register, contact Teri Newman at teri.newman@parrishmed.com

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wednesday, Dec. 7; 10-11 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thursdays, Dec. 8 & Dec. 22; 9:30-11:30 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

    • When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
    • Where: Indian River Preserve
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2-3:30 pm
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport
    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.
    • When: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport
    For more information about available classes, support groups and events, visit parrishhealthcare.com.


    Parrish Healthcare offers free Decoding Diabetes Education Class

    Titusville, FL (November 23, 2022)—Parrish Healthcare is offering a free community education class on diabetes. Decoding Diabetes is scheduled Monday, December 19, from 3 to 4 pm, at Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796 (south of the Parrish Medical Center’s main campus on the corner of Jess Parrish Court and US-1).

    Decoding Diabetes is led by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES. McLaughlin will decode diabetes during this fun, interactive, and instructional class designed for people age 18 and older with diabetes.

    The class will include information on:

    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical wellness
    • Preventing complications
    • Much more!
    The class is free. Space is limited. To pre-register, visit Parrishhealthcare.com/decodingdiabetes.

    For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Elects New Officers

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Nov. 15, 2022)—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF), the philanthropic arm of Parrish Healthcare (PHC), announced the election of Randall Coleman as chair of its board of directors. Coleman, a CFP®, is a senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    Dedicated to making a difference in the community, Coleman is past president of Titusville Sunrise Rotary; Brevard County Chapter of Certified Public Accounts; Brevard County Estate Planning Council; and Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard. In addition to serving as chair of JPMF, he currently serves on the board of Eastern Florida State College Foundation; Titusville YMCA; United Way of Brevard County; and Brevard County Civilian Military Relations Council.

    Other executive board officers include: Melissa Lugo, chair elect; Philip Simpson, Ph.D., vice-chair; Kelley Broome, secretary; Josh Norris, treasurer; Rachel Terry, immediate past chair; and George Mikitarian, ex-officio and PHC president/CEO.

    Members elected to serve on the executive committee are: Christopher Broome, Esq; Santiago Bulnes; Jessie Kirk; Jason Snodgrass; N. Christine Sylvester; and Barbara Terhune.

    Directors elected to serve on the board include: Jerry Allender, Esq; Richard Boggs; Winnie Brewer; William Chivers; Herman Cole; Mary Coleman; David D. Ferguson; Dorothy Hudson; Terry Lee; J.J. Parrish III; Howard Rinker, DDS; Turmy Sieveking; and William Terry.

    “As a member of the JPMF board for more than 17 years, I am honored to assume this leadership role and look forward to building on the successes of my predecessors. Each of the incredible community leaders I have the privilege to serve with bring a unique perspective to their role,” said Coleman.

    “Together, we will continue to forge initiatives that advance the mission, vision and values of Parrish Healthcare.”

    Coleman and his wife Mary reside in Titusville and have two children, Randall and Marissa.


    PMC has fully activated its Hurricane/Tropical Storm emergency response protocols to include a partial lock down of hospital beginning at 6 p.m.

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Nov. 9, 2022)— The National Weather Service predicts tropical-storm-force winds affecting Brevard County by 7 p.m. In response, Parrish Medical Center will initiate a partial lock-down of the hospital beginning at 6 p.m. in accordance with its Hurricane/Tropical Storm emergency response protocols.

    Public access to the hospital will be limited to persons requiring emergency medical attention. In the interest of public safety, general visitation will not be permitted after 6 p.m. However, hospitalized patients are permitted one partner in care to remain with them until the storm event is cleared. The partial lock-down status will remain in effect until further notice.

    In addition, elective procedures have been canceled for tomorrow, Thurs., Nov. 10, but will resume normal operations on Fri., Nov. 11.

    Reminder that the hospital is not a shelter. For shelter information, visit brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement.


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

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Oct. 25, 2022)— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) recently awarded $10,000 in Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarships to five exceptional college students that distinguished themselves through their accomplishments and dedication to their community. Each of the awardees will receive $2,000 to assist with their educational endeavors in pursuit of advancing their healthcare careers.

    The scholarship, established by Doug Foster in loving memory of his wife, Karla, who was a nurse at Parrish Medical Center for more than 22 years, offers the opportunity to deserving nursing students to carry on the professionalism, commitment, dedication and loving care that she demonstrated all her life.

    Scholarship recipients include from Florida State University, Kenzington Allender; Natalie Edwards-Giambanco, Daytona State College; Julia Simonson, University of Central Florida; Robert Sluka, University of Florida; and Sarah Sluka, University of Miami.

    Criteria for applicants included North Brevard County residency; acceptance into a nursing program; possessing a 3.0 or better grade point average; recommendation letters; and personal essay. Funds awarded will be available for tuition, books, supplies or other expenses related to completing the student’s nursing program.

    Selection committee members include Director, Medical/Surgical Helen Chambers, RN, BSN; Manager Communications & People Development Ericka Jacobs, RN, MSN; Executive Director, Surgical, Emergency and Critical Care Services Matthew Graybill, MSHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, and Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President Integrated and Acute Care Edwin Loftin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE.

    “All of our recipients are exceptional and we look to them to lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare, said Randall Coleman, Chairman, JPMF Board of directors. We are delighted to be able to award scholarships to such accomplished and deserving students."

    JPMF is investing in the future by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who are pursuing careers that one day will provide healing to our community. Since 1990, JPMF has awarded more than $514,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

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


    9/28/2022

    Brevard County Officials Schedule 1:30PM Facebook Live Update on Hurricane Ian

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Emergency Management and Sheriff Wayne Ivey will hold a Facebook Live event at 1:30 p.m. today (Sept. 28) to update residents on Hurricane Ian. The event can be found on Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Brevard County Emergency Management Facebook pages. Sheriff Ivey and County staff will provide updates on closings, shelter operations, storm impacts and any other pertinent information that will assist local residents in preparations ahead of Ian.


    Parrish Medical Center Board Votes No Taxes for 28th straight year

    TITUSVILLE, FL (Sept. 28, 2022)—For the 28th straight year, no taxes will be assessed to support operations of the North Brevard County Hospital District d/b/a Parrish Medical Center (PMC). PMC’s board of directors voted unanimously during public hearings on Sept. 12 and 26 to establish the millage rate and budget for fiscal year 2022-2023.

    PMC is an independent, public, not-for-profit hospital, and state law gives the North Brevard Hospital District (d/b/a Parrish Medical Center) the authority to set a tax rate to support hospital operations.

    However, unlike most public hospitals, the PMC Board of Directors has for 28 years voted not to use tax dollars as a means of funding the hospital.

    “PMC serves the community’s health through compassionate and exceptional care and is recognized as one of the nation’s finest healing environments,” said PMC Board Chairman Robert Jordan. “We are pleased to continue to take this position on behalf of the community we serve while also investing tens of millions of dollars back into North Brevard each year in charity care and services.”

    “As long as the community continues to support PMC – PMC will be able to continue to support the community,” concluded Jordan.


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Low-cost 3D Mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 27, 2022)— Parrish Healthcare is offering low-cost three-dimensional (3D) mammograms during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Self-pay or uninsured patients qualify for the special offer price of $60.

    Nearly one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Advanced breast imaging, such as the 3D mammography offered by Parrish Healthcare, is an important tool in early detection and can save lives!

    To find out what to expect from your mammogram visit or for more information on women’s health at Parrish Healthcare, please visit parrishhealthcare.com/mammogram.

    Screenings must be completed within the month of October and are by appointment only. For more information and appointment scheduling call (321) 268-6111 ext. 6150.


    September 23, 2022

    Parrish Healthcare Releases Community Support Groups Schedule for October

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.
  • When: Mondays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 21, 31; 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Teri Newman, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
  • For additional information and to register, contact Teri Newman at teri.newman@parrishmed.com

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 5; 10-11 am
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

  • When: Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 27; 9:30-11:30 am
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

  • When: Monday, Oct. 17, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
  • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2-4 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
  • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
  • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
  • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
  • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
  • To register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport

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    Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Ajit Janardhan, MD, PhD,
    Board Certified Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist

    Ajit Janardhan, MD

    Ajit Janardhan, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Sept. 14, 2022)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Ajit Janardhan, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Janardhan is an avid researcher of cardiac issues. His focus is on the improvement of treatments for electrical disorders of the heart, specifically related to heart dysrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

    Dr. Janardhan received both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He earned his Ph.D. and Medical Degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Janardhan’s Residency and Fellowship training took place at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes­-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. There he completed his advanced training in Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Cardiac Electrophysiology.

    Dr. Janardhan's professional interests and extensive training include supraventricular tachycardias, ventricular tachycardia, device therapy, atrial fibrillation, cryptogenic stroke, syncope and the prevention of sudden cardiac death. His training also includes a sub-specialty in the insertion and management of pacemakers, defibrillators, sleep apnea devices, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, and in the catheter ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

    Dr. Janardhan has published numerous scientific journal articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts which received top accolades and awards at scientific conferences, including from The Heart Rhythm Society for his ground-breaking research.

    Dr. Janardhan welcomes new patients to his practice, at Parrish Healthcare Center – Port St. John, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway. For more information about Dr. Janardhan and to schedule an appointment visit parrishhealthcare.com/janardhan.


    Parrish Healthcare Releases Community Support Groups Schedule for September — Print PDF

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 10-11 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe
    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.
    • When: Thursdays, Sept. 8 and 22, 9:30-11:30 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport
    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.
    • When: Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Teri Newman, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
    • For additional information and to register, contact Teri Newman at teri.newman@parrishmed.com.
    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.
  • When: Monday, Sept. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport
    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.
    • When: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2-4 pm
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/StrokeandHeartSupport
    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.
    • When: Wednesday, Sept.21, 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/CancerSupport
    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.
    • When: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/SleepSupport


    Parrish Healthcare to Host Free Community Presentation by Orthopedic Expert Panel

    Bone and joint health are essential to maintaining a high quality of life. Join us for an informative evening with our orthopedic panel of experts who will share information about healthy aging, tips and tricks to maintaining an active lifestyle at any age as well as a free risk assessment, live demonstrations, door prizes and more!

    What: Life Moves Orthopedic Panel Discussion
    Featuring Dr. Anthony Allotta, Dr. Johnathan Lubitz, Dr. Bryan Parry and Dr. David Schafer
    When: Wednesday, September 7; 5:30 – 7:15 pm
    Where: Indian River Preserve 3950 Clubhouse Dr. Mims, FL

    PMC Orthopedic Expert Panel
    CLICK for PDF of this announcement

    The event is free, but seating is limited. Reserve yours by registering at parrishhealthcare.com/OrthoEvent


    Prominent Oncology/Hematology Specialist Robert K. Oldham, MD, joins Parrish Healthcare

    
Robert K. Oldham, MD

    Robert K. Oldham, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 25, 2022)— Parrish Healthcare and Parrish Medical Group are pleased to welcome Board-Certified Oncologist Robert K. Oldham, MD to the North Brevard community. Dr. Oldham is an internationally recognized oncology/hematology specialist and is regarded as a leading pioneer in the development and use of immunotherapy - the fourth modality in cancer treatment. His primary mission has been to improve the outcomes for his patients with cancer and blood disorders.

    Dr. Oldham attended the University of Missouri where his undergraduate studies were in chemical engineering and pre-medical sciences. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt in Nashville. He continued his education with a Medical Oncology Fellowship and graduate studies in immunology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland where he served as Clinical Associate in the Radiation Branch and in the Cellular and Tumor Immunology Section of the Laboratory of Cell Biology. Dr. Oldham also completed a fellowship in Paris, France with Professor Georges Mathé, a distinguished bone marrow transplant hematologist.

    Extremely active in both research and leadership in cancer treatment, Dr. Oldham has served in multiple roles as a professor and research associate all around the globe. As a founder of multiple oncology divisions and organizations including the Biological Therapy Institute and Bio-therapeutics Incorporated, the Division of Oncology at Vanderbilt University and the Biologic Response Modifiers Program (BRMP) at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Oldham is a pioneer in the field of oncology.

    He holds a Clinical Professorship of Medicine in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Clinical Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Florida State University College of Medicine. Additionally, he has served as a consultant in the US and overseas including Gen-Cell (Rhône-Poulenc), Jenner Technologies, Welcome Biotechnology Ltd. and Amersham Corporation in England. He also served as a senior consultant with the American Red Cross, Cell Genesys Inc., Xcyte Therapies and Maxim Pharmaceuticals.

    Oldham has founded and served as editor-in-chief of three medical journals: Cancer Biotherapy (now Cancer Biotherapy & Radio­­­­­­­­­­pharmaceuticals), Molecular Biotherapy, and Journal of Biological Response Modifiers (now Journal of Immunotherapy). He is the co-editor of Principles of Cancer Biotherapy’ the first comprehensive textbook on the fourth modality of cancer treatment. He has authored or edited fifteen books on cancer treatment and research. Additionally, he has contributed nearly 500 papers to the medical/scientific literature and has presented thousands of abstracts, posters, and lectures at various meetings on cancer research and treatment. Dr. Oldham has received many awards and honors. He holds, or has held, membership in 19 professional societies.

    Dr. Oldham welcomes new patients to his practice, located at 830 Century Medical Drive, Suite B, Titusville, Florida. For more information about Dr. Oldham and to schedule an appointment visit parrishhealthcare.com/oldham.


    Parrish Healthcare Releases Community Support Groups Schedule for August

    Parrish Healthcare Mom’s Support Group
    A group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this time, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.
    • When: Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Teri Newman, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
    • For additional information and to register, contact Teri Newman at teri.newman@parrishmed.com.

    Parrish Healthcare’s Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wednesday, August 3, 10-11 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/FearlessCafe

    Parrish Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
    This support group is for anyone age 18 and older with diabetes. Join us for tips to live better with this disease.

    • When: Monday, August 8, 3-4:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Peggy McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDCES
    • For additional information, please contact Peggy McLaughlin at 321-268-6699.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/DiabetesSupport

    Parrish Healthcare’s Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thursdays, August 11 and 25, 9:30-11:30 am
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/CaregiverSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.

    • When: Tuesday, August 16, 2-4 pm
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/StorkeandHeartSurvivorSupport

    Parrish Healthcare Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wednesday, August 17, 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/CancerandSurvivorSupportGroup

    Parrish Healthcare A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

    • When: Wednesday, August 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, please visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/AWAKESupportGroup

    Be a Parrish Care Partner!
    Each Thursday, Parrish Healthcare hosts open interviews from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The event is for ALL positions. Walk-ins welcome! For more information please contact Tori Watson, Clinical Recruiter at 321-268-6111, ext. 7749


    Parrish Healthcare Supports Local Student Athletes’ Health

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 20, 2022)—Since 2010, Parrish Medical Group’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program—led by physician Anthony Allotta, DO—have hosted a series of sports physicals for area students and have donated 100% of the proceeds back to support students attending North Brevard schools.
    Anthony Allotta, DO

    Bryan Parry, MD & Anthony Allotta, DO - Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

    This year, Dr. Allotta was joined by PMG’s Orthopedic Surgeon Bryan Parry, MD, certified athletic trainers, and representatives from Who We Play For. Nearly 200 physicals were completed and, of those, 100 participants opted to receive a potentially life-saving electrocardiogram (ECG).

    “Parrish Healthcare is a proud sponsor of Who We Play For (since 2019). Together, we have served to eliminate preventable sudden cardiac death in youth by making available affordable heart screenings at our annual events,” said PMC Sport Medicine Physician Anthony Allotta.

    Parrish Medical Group’s Dr. Allotta, Athletic Trainers, and soon to be joined by Dr. Parry, work with local student athletes before, during, and after the school year. They are on the fields for practices and game time to provide medical support and to teach injury prevention techniques at four area high schools: Titusville High School, Space Coast Jr/Sr High School, Astronaut High School, and Cocoa High School. If an injury occurs, the same team that is there for them on the fields is there through their treatment and recovery.

    “Working with local student athletes by performing our annual sports physicals as well as providing athletic training and medical support during sports seasons is a terrific way that care partners at Parrish Medical Group can give back to our community and support our mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time,” said Dr. Allotta.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes General Surgeon Alphonse Pecoraro Jr., MD, FACS

    Alphonse Pecoraro Jr., MD, FACS

    Alphonse Pecoraro Jr., MD, FACS

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 18, 2022)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome Board-Certified General Surgeon Alphonse Pecoraro Jr., MD, FACS to the North Brevard community. Dr. Pecoraro completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and his medical degree at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, graduating as Valedictorian of both his college and medical school class. Subsequently, he completed both his internship and residency training in General Surgery at New York University/Bellevue Hospital, where he also served as Executive Chief Resident. His office is located at Parrish Healthcare Center at Titus Landing, 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780.

    Dr. Pecoraro’s clinical interests encompass a broad spectrum of surgical specialties and diseases including disorders of the breast, colon, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, hernia, complex wound care and skin related disorders. With a special interest in surgical oncology, Dr. Pecoraro held appointment as the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons and received two consecutive national recognition awards for his work in this role. In addition, he has held numerous appointments including the Chief of Surgery and Chief of Medical Staff at Cape Canaveral Hospital, as well as Director of Residency Education and Chief of Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, NY. More recently, he served as Chief of Surgery Chairman of Credentials Committee and a past member of the Board of Trustees at Rockledge Regional Medical Center.

    He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and maintains membership in many medical organizations including the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery and Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). He has also been elected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

    He has held a board position on the Brevard County American Cancer Society and served as their Medical Director as well. Dr. Pecoraro has lived with his wife and two children in Brevard County since 2002 and is currently practicing surgery at Parrish Medical Center and is a member of Parrish Medical Group.

    Dr. Pecoraro and Parrish Medical Group are now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 321-268-6868 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/Pecoraro.


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

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 11, 2022)—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) is now accepting applications for Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarships. Applicants must be residents of North Brevard County; accepted into a nursing program; and possess a 3.0 or higher grade point average. New or currently enrolled nursing students are eligible to apply.

    Two scholarships of more than $1,500 each are being awarded for assistance with tuition, books, supplies or other expenses related to completing the student’s nursing program.

    Doug Foster established the scholarship in loving memory of his wife, Karla, tragically killed on Sept. 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.

    For additional information on applying, or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships. Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, August 19, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Scholarship award recipients will be announced in September 2022.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to Host Annual Gala “A Whole New World” Benefiting the Advancement of Parrish Healthcare’s Critical and Innovative Healthcare Technologies and Services

    GrayRobinson, P.A., and William and Laura Boyles return as Presenting Sponsor

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 11, 2022)—After a year of pandemic scheduling woes, A Whole New World, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation’s first in-person gala since COVID-19, is set to take place on Saturday, October 15, from 5:30-10 p.m. at Space Coast Convention Center, Cocoa. GrayRobinson, P.A., and William A. and Laura M. Boyles are presenting sponsors.

    Sultans, wise genies and Ali Baba will come to life in the elegant Arabian Night themed evening alive with Mediterranean inspired cuisine, enchanting music, dancing and magic lamps. A Whole New World is sure to be an evening you will not forget.

    Guests will enjoy dinner in the Casbah inspired ballroom, cocktails at the Oasis Sand Bar, souvenir photos, and the opportunity to take home a new libation if they take a chance at the wine pull. Elegant Aladdin inspired attire suggested; black tie optional.

    “GrayRobinson, P.A. and William and Laura Boyles are honored to once again partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation as presenting sponsor of their annual benefit gala,” said GrayRobinson shareholder, William A. Boyles. “It is gratifying to know that our investment will be helping advance critical and innovative healthcare technologies and services for the North Brevard Community.”

    Co-chairs for the event are Judy Allender, Winnie Brewer, Kelley Broome, Mary Coleman, Jessie Kirk, and Rachel Terry.

    Event proceeds will champion the advancement of critical and innovative health care technologies and services to improve patient outcomes in support of the healing mission of Parrish Healthcare.

    “The outpouring of support we have received for A Whole New World has been extraordinary. We are grateful to have so many organizations and community partners joining us to make a difference in the health of our community,” said JPMF Board Chair, Rachel Terry.

    In addition to presenting sponsors GrayRobinson, P.A. and William A. and Laura M. Boyles, the growing list of this year’s event partners include the Genie of Generosity-level sponsor: UBS Financial Services / Susan Morse and Daniel Levy; Sultan of Agrabah-level sponsors: Brevard Indo-American Medical & Dental Association (BIMDA), Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, Jessie Kirk, in memory of Robert “Bob” Kirk and MEC Contractors - Engineers; Cave of Wonders-level sponsors: The Broome Law Firm, P.A. / Chris and Kelley Broome, Dr. Frank and Marilyn Dienst Medical Services LLC, Chris and Lisa McAlpine, and Christine Sylvester; Magic Lamp-level sponsors: Steve and Winnie Brewer, LHC Group / Parrish Home Health, Jaime and Melissa Lugo, Jeanne Dorothy Miller, Jo Lynn Nelson and Roy Roberts, Turmy and Oscar Sieveking, Barbara and Terry Terhune, and W & J Construction Corporation; and Diamond in the Rough-level sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Brent Brandon and VITAS Healthcare. In-kind media sponsor: Brevard Business News. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the gala.

    Individual gala tickets are available for $125 and sponsorship opportunities start at $500. For more information about sponsorship packages, or to purchase general admission and chance-drawing tickets, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com/gala. Space is limited.


    Aquatic therapy scheduled for a splashy debut at Parrish Healthcare

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (June 28, 2022): Less pain, more gain. That’s the advantage for those with orthopedic arthritis, rheumatic and other health conditions of the aquatic therapy programs about to begin July 5th at Parrish Healthcare Center (formerly Parrish Health & Fitness) in Titusville.

    “Aquatic therapy is a lot gentler on joints,” said Parrish Healthcare Terri Moccio, Doctor of Physical Therapy. “Water provides older adults more confidence to move and is less strenuous and painful on joints for those with orthopedic conditions. Physical therapists work closely with each patient to create goals and customize a program to help people increase their mobility, flexibility, balance and to get back to enjoying their lives.”

    Physical therapy is prescribed by primary care or orthopedic physicians, and is helpful for a variety of age groups. To learn more about how aquatic therapy can benefit a patient regardless of age or condition, and the programs available beginning July 5, please contact 321-268-6181 or visit the Parrish website at www.parrishhealthcare.com/rehabilitation. Referrals can be faxed to 321-268-6769.


    Global leader in laboratory standards of excellence reaccredits Parrish Medical Center

    PMC is CAP accredited TITUSVILLE, FL. (June 20, 2022): The world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), has selected Parrish Medical Center’s Laboratory for reaccreditation based on the laboratory’s high standards of care.

    “Parrish Medical Center’s Laboratory demonstrates leadership, innovation, and a passionate commitment to standards of excellence while providing the highest quality services, ultimately for patients,” said Richard M. Scanlan, MD, FCAP, chair of the CAP’s Council on Accreditation.

    Parrish’s reaccreditation followed an on-site evaluation by CAP inspectors. The CAP accreditation process is designed to rigorously ensure the highest standard of care. Backed by the scientific expertise of board-certified pathologists, inspectors review a laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years.

    “We have an outstanding team of professionals in our lab and this achievement validates that fact,” said Pedro Carmona, MD, Parrish Medical Center Chief of Pathology. Whether it is a routine or highly-specialized test performed in our lab, we know that patients and their providers expect quality, accurate and timely results and that is what drives us to excellence every day.”


    June 16, 2022

    A commonly undiagnosed sleep condition is killing Brevard County residents; Parrish Healthcare first in Brevard County to receive certification in new treatment for sleep disorder

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    Some 8,000 Titusville residents, and over 70,000 people in Brevard County, are hurting themselves – sometimes to the point of death – when they go to sleep, say Parrish Healthcare sleep medicine experts.

    The problem: a disorder called sleep apnea, which affects a person’s breathing while sleeping. Eight-in-10 of the people with these disorders are unaware of their condition and its effect on their lives. Parrish Healthcare’s Sleep Disorder Center is Brevard County’s first to earn the certification of all staff members to provide care for patients with Inspire Implants, one of the world’s most advanced sleep apnea treatments.

    “In Titusville there are over 8,000 men and women heading to work, going grocery shopping, playing with their children and going about their daily lives completely unaware they have a medical condition capable of killing them,” said Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT, CCSH, Sleep Center Supervisor. For each of these individuals, their breathing is betraying their body, slowly damaging their brain and other major organs including their heart.

    Sleep Apnea is a serious condition more common than asthma, in which a person repeatedly stops and starts breathing while sleeping. The number of times someone with sleep apnea may stop breathing can range widely, from as low as five times an hour up to 100 times. Each interruption can last from 10 seconds to more than a minute. Left undiagnosed and untreated, repeated sleep apnea causes such serious issues as heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and puts individuals at a much higher risk for stroke.

    “Thankfully, multiple treatment options exist for this condition,” said Roberge. “We have treated sleep apnea successfully for years with use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. In a new development, our center is the first in Brevard County to have all staff certified by Inspire to provide patients with the care needed following the implant, one of the world’s most advanced treatments for sleep apnea. Inspire works inside of your body by delivering mild stimulation to key airway muscles allowing them to remain open during sleep. The staff at the Sleep Disorder Center is able to answer questions, perform evaluations and offer solutions based on individual needs.”

    Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

    • Loud snoring
    • Gasping for air during sleep
    • Awakening with a dry mouth
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
    • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
    • Difficulty paying attention while awake
    • Morning headache
    • Irritability
    “If people know they have these symptoms, or have been told they do while sleeping, hope and help are on the horizon.” Roberge said.

    For more information about how to find out about your risk for sleep apnea, contact The Parrish Healthcare Sleep Center at (321) 268-6408 or email sleep@parrishmed.com.


    May 27, 2022

    Parrish Healthcare Releases Community Support Groups Schedule for June

    Stroke and Heart Survivors Support Group
    If you’ve experienced a diagnosis or event, or are caring for someone living with heart disease or stroke, our community is here to support you.
    • When: Tuesday, June 21, 2-4 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please click HERE

    Caring for Caregivers Support Group
    Care giving is a rewarding, yet demanding labor of love. Join us to learn how to care for yourself while you care for your loved one.

    • When: Thursdays, June 9 and 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please click HERE

    Fearless Café
    A collaboration with St. Francis Reflections Life Stages Care, this group shares a casual discussion about advanced directives, power of attorney, wills, living wills and all of the often, scary conversations about death and dying.

    • When: Wednesday, June 1, 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Janet Rooks, MA, CDP
    • For additional information, please contact Janet Rooks at 321-268-6800.
    • To register, please click HERE

    Cancer and Survivor Support Group
    This group is for cancer patients, cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease. Enjoy refreshments and talk with others sharing similar situations and experiences.

    • When: Wednesday, June 15, 4-5:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Shannon Luker, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
    • For additional information, please contact Shannon Luker at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.
    • To register, please click HERE

    Moms Support Group
    Free support group for mothers with babies ages birth to six months. During this class, moms will be able to discuss topics such as infant feeding, sleeping, milestones, car seats, play, development, post-partum care, birth control, post-partum depression, dietary needs and much more. Space is limited.

    • When: Mondays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10-11 a.m.
    • Where: The Children’s Center, 5650 S. Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Teri Newman, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
    • For additional information and to register, contact Teri Newman atteri.newman@parrishmed.com.

    A.W.A.K.E Sleep Support
    This group is dedicated to exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep, sleeping disorders, and related health concerns. Everyone with an interest in sleep and health is encouraged to attend.

    • When: Wednesday, June 29. 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Where: Heritage Hall, 931 N Washington Ave., Titusville
    • Facilitated by Michele Roberge, RT(R), RPSGT
    • For additional information, please contact Michele Roberge at 321-268-6408.
    • To register, please click HERE


    May 27, 2022

    Parrish Early Care & Education Program Celebrates VPK Class of 2022

    Titusville, FL: Parrish Early Care and Education, a program of Parrish Healthcare’s Children’s Center sent the class of 2022 off in style at their VPK graduation held on May 20, 2022.

    “We are so proud of these children” said Vaneesha Greco, Center Manager. “Our team works closely with our families to create a learning environment that helps each child grow and thrive. Today is the culmination of their hard work and evidence of the passion our educators have for enriching the lives of our littlest learners” said Greco.

    The well attended ceremony took place at First United Methodist Church in Titusville and hosted 17 VPK graduates along with their families and other guests. “These children are the future of our community” said Kathy Bradley, VPK Teacher at The Children’s Center. “They are the next generation of thinkers, builders, teachers and healers. It is always an emotional day to see them progress on their journey to Kindergarten.”

    The ceremony included the traditional parade of graduates, a special selection of songs performed by the class of 2022 and ended on the high note of the official presentation of diplomas.

    For more information on services provided by The Children’s Center please visit their website or call 321-264-0855.


    Parrish Healthcare Implements Innovative Program to Provide Healing to those Suffering from Addiction

    TITUSVILLE, FL (May 19, 2022) – When someone is traveling a dark and dangerous road, an experienced guide can make the difference between tragedy - or arriving safely.

    For people on the ever-challenging path of recovery from mental health diagnosis or addictions, their Parrish Healthcare “guides” – members of Parrish’s Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) Network - are valuable members of a team of caregivers working together to help people in crisis reclaim their lives and return them to their families.

    “The path to recovery is made easier when a person walking it knows they’re not alone, and that with them is someone who has shared experiences and has recovered from them,” said Lara Chicone, LCSW Parrish Healthcare behavioral health navigator and peer recovery program coordinator.

    “Our mission at Parrish is ‘healing experiences for everyone all the time,” Chicone added. “The Peer Recovery Specialist Network is an extraordinarily valuable help for people who are searching for a way out of the situation in which they find themselves.”

    Born from a Parrish Community Health Partnership and Circles of Care collaboration, the PRS network members are specially trained to use experience, knowledge, and care to help others overcome what team members have faced.

    A case study: an individual in their late 50’s who had worked all their life with their hands, developed severe joint pain and couldn’t continue doing the work they love. Subsequently diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder, this person experimented with cocaine. Having opened that door, what followed was a descent into heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine addiction. In just one year, this individual suffered several overdoses resulting in hospitalizations: two were within 24 hours of each other. Death was a distinct possibility.

    Despite several attempts at rehabilitation, sobriety remained elusive. The individual was referred to Parrish’s Peer Recovery Specialist Program. Though initially declining services, they received education, support and encouragement – and an awareness of the peer recovery program. After an overdose nearly resulted in death and another overdose killed a close friend, this person engaged with the peer recovery team. As of this moment, it’s the longest period of recovery this individual has experienced.

    Mental health and addiction disorders impact 47% of the North Brevard Community and represents one of the top social determinants of health priorities according the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Parrish Healthcare. In fact, the CDC recently released a report that states 2021 was a record year for overdose deaths with an estimated 107,622, an increase of 15% from the previous year.

    Behind every statistic, there’s a face, a name, and a story. Most people undergoing these trials don’t want to be in them. In cases of addiction, it is often a gradual yet unrelenting decline until they find themselves in a position they can’t get out of. That was true in this person’s case, and as an organization, it’s wonderful to be standing beside this individual in this fight, a fight that’s being won.

    Mental health conditions present a different set of priorities and approaches. However, whether it’s mental health or addiction, the goal is the same: recovery.

    “As a society, community and as human beings, we must work together to provide compassionate care and services to reduce the amount of deaths and suffering that addiction causes” said Chicone. “Together, Parrish Medical Center and Circles of Care are using the Peer Recovery Specialist program on our mission to healing and saving lives. It can be a long road, and there are no guarantees. But we are seeing lives change all of the time.”


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Award Scholarships for Study in Healthcare and Medicine

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 16, 2022) — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary awarded $22,500 in scholarships to 18 outstanding college students and graduating high school seniors that distinguished themselves through passionate dedication to their communities and a pursuit of studies in the fields of medicine or healthcare. Since 1990, JPMF has awarded more than $475,000 to deserving students.

    This year’s scholarship winners include, from Astronaut High School, Shamere Harvey, Jonna-Marie Kirk, Alexis Mills, Isabella Padgett, Taylor Rendina, and Brenna Row; Merritt Island Christian School awardee Sydney VanHorn; and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School recipient ShaMar Washington.

    College students awarded scholarships include, Cindy Sluka, Daytona State College; Maryah McCarthy and Kayla Ouellette from Eastern Florida State College; Brooke Kelleher, Florida Gulf Coast University; Kenzington Allender and Sarah Lee Curtis, Florida State University; Julia Simonsen, University of Central Florida; Paige Murrill, University of Florida; Gabriella Lloyd, University of North Carolina; and Joshalyn Butler from the University of North Florida.

    Scholarship committee chair Barbara Terhune led the committee through the process of evaluating applicants in the areas of academic performance, awards and honors, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and work experience, recommendation letters, application essay and PMC/JPMF affiliation.

    “The Foundation is honored to support such well-deserving and exceptional students. Our congratulations to all the awardees as they take the next step forward in their academic careers and lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare,” said Matthew Morak, JPMF Director. “I would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Philip Simpson, Barbara and Terry Terhune, and Bill and Rachel Terry for their generous scholarship gifts which allowed for additional students to be awarded.”

    Committee members include Santi Bulnes; Deborah Cox; Terry Lee; Josh Norris; Howard Rinker, DDS; Natalie Sellers; Philip Simpson, PhD; and Barbara Terhune, committee chair.

    JPMF is investing in the future by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who are pursuing careers that one day will provide healing to our community. To learn more about JPMF/PMC scholarships, visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships.


    Parrish Healthcare Hosts Stroke & Heart Attack Survivors Support Group

    TITUSVILLE, FL (May 11, 2022) – Parrish Healthcare’s Stroke & Heart Survivors support group occurs the third Tuesday of every month from 2-4 pm, inside Parrish Medical Center’s Heritage Hall, 921 North Washington Ave., Titusville. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 17. There is no cost to attend. Seating is limited. Call 321-268-6111 ext. 8805 to make a reservation or visit the Stroke & Heart Survivors support group page.

    The weight of surviving a sudden traumatic health event such as a heart attack or stroke is more easily borne when others are helping you to carry the emotional load. That’s the benefit of support groups like Parrish Healthcare’s Stroke & Heart Survivors support group— members benefit from sharing experiences and knowing that they are not alone.

    “These groups can be life-changing,” said Parrish Healthcare Social Worker Janet Rooks, who leads the group. “I’ve seen many situations in which people who were reluctant or hesitant to participate found themselves learning important new ways to help them live better lives and making friends with others going through similar situations.”

    Rooks holds a bachelor's of social work degree and a master’s degree in counseling. Rooks facilitates several support groups and is the coordinator for popular senior educational programs for Parrish Healthcare. “Support group members gain much from our sessions; all that’s necessary to take advantage of a support group is to come to the meetings,” added Rooks.

    For more information, visit the Stroke & Heart Survivors support group page here.


    Parrish Healthcare earns global recognition as a High Reliability Organization Champion At the 2022 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (May 4, 2022) – Parrish Healthcare has earned global recognition as a High Reliability Organization (HRO) Champion by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF).

    Recognized at the 2022 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit (WPSSTS) held April 29-30, 2022, Parrish Healthcare was one of five of global hospitals and health systems affiliated with PSMF recognized as HRO Champions.

    The PSMF gives their recognition to hospitals and healthcare organizations who demonstrate transparency around patient safety data and who have made their own commitments to reach the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s vision of ZERO preventable harm and death across the globe by 2030.

    “We are honored to be designated an HRO Champion by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation,” said George Mikitarian, CEO of Parrish Healthcare, “We believe that sharing patient safety data outside of our organizational walls will help advance patient safety around the world.”

    The 2022 WPSSTS was co-convened by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, the International Society for Quality in Health Care and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. The summit served a forum to celebrate the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s first 10 years of achievements and to confront leading patient safety issues with actionable ideas and innovations to transform the continuum of care by dramatically improving patient safety and eliminating preventable patient harm and death.

    Parrish Healthcare has been affiliated with the PSMF since 2015 and has earned a number of recognitions from them including the first to earn PSMF five-star hospital ranking and being the first hospital to commit to all PSMF Actionable Patient Safety Solutions.

    Virtual acceptance of Parrish Healthcare’s HRO Champion award can be found here.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Sell-Out Crowd

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 7, 2022)—More than 75 sponsors, 60 teams, 240 players and dozens of volunteers participated in the annual two-course Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 1, at Indian River Preserve Golf Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club. Since 2011, the tournament has raised more than $600,000.

    The law firm of Zumpano Patricios presented the 18-hole scramble. JPMF hosted another sell-out crowd at this year’s tournament and exceeded its fundraising goal of $70,000, raising more than $75,000 to benefit The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    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. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

    “The continued outpouring of community and volunteer support for the tournament, The Children’s Center and honoring my father’s legacy is humbling,” stated Leigh Spradling, Fran’s daughter and tournament committee member. “On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors, committee, volunteers, course partners and everyone that played a role in the extraordinary success of the event. As my dad always said, “it’s for the kids!”

    Event partners included Presenting sponsor Zumpano Patricios. Platinum-level sponsor HHS; and Gold-level sponsors were MedFast Urgent Care Centers; PuroClean Disaster Services; and Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA/Susan Morse and Dan Levy. Silver-level sponsors included MIS-Medical Imaging Solutions and Regions Bank. Bronze-level sponsors were Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; Certified Plumbing of Brevard, Inc.; Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, The Coleman Group – Merrill; CP Rankin Inc. Roofing Experts, CSI Leasing, Inc.; Green Air Environmental of Central Florida, Pure Bliss Spa; Howard W. Rinker, D.D.S.; Christine Sylvester; Termine’s Specialty Supply of Melbourne; Bill and Rachel Terry; and The Watauga Company. Supporting-level sponsors included Atlantic Business Systems; BCER Engineering; The Broome Law Firm/Chris & Kelley Broome; Carmona Pathology Associates, P.A.; Herman and Joyce Cole; DePrince, Race & Zollo; Florida Cardiovascular Association; Florida Health Care Plans; George and Barbara Gee; Mary Haddad-Mauzy Coldwell Banker Coast Realty; MEC General Contractors; The Mikitarian Family; NexAir, LLC; Palm Point Behavioral Health; Bryan Parry, MD Orthopedics; Ron Norris Buick, GMC, Honda, Ford; Service One of Brevard LLC; Greg and Kathy Sparkman & Allen and Diane Taylor Families; Spectrum Reach; Terry and Barbara Terhune; WFTV – WRDQ; and W&J construction Corporation. Par-Tee-level sponsors were PuroClean Disaster Services; Space Coast Credit Union; System Tech Services, Inc.; and St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. The breakfast sponsor was Firehouse Subs at Titus landing. In-kind sponsors included Aquarina Golf Inc.; Backcast Charters; Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Café Paradiso; Dixie Crossroads Restaurant; Dogs ‘R’ Us; Duran Golf Club; Durango’s Steakhouse; el Leoncito Cuban & Mexican Restaurant; Vaneesha Greco; Hoffman’s Table; Indian River Preserve Golf Club; Island Guys Detailing; Moon Golf; Orleans Bistro; Paradise Grille; Parrish Health & Fitness; Pier 220; Playalinda Brewing; Publix Supermarkets; Regions Bank; River Lanes; Leigh Spradling; The Great Outdoors; The Blue Heron Restaurant; Total Wine; and World of Golf Hall of Fame. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the tournament.

    “We are overjoyed by the tremendous support we received this year, and are thrilled to have so many organizations and community partners joining us to make a difference in the vital work of The Children’s Center,” said Greg Sparkman, tournament co-chair.

    Taking home top honors were the men’s division first-place teams of Todd Denson, Tim Fields, Mike Pavick and Jason Snodgrass at Indian River Preserve Golf Club and Jack Burke, Tim Heath, Greg Messer and Joe Porta at The Great Outdoors. The mixed division first-place teams included players Billy Dortin, Tish Holley, Jason Holley and John Palmer at Indian River Preserve and Amanda Cole, Chris Cole, Herman Cole and Joyce Cole at The Great Outdoors. The foursome of Patricia McCarrick, Vivian Miller, Greta Moran and Terri Samaniego took top women’s division honors at Indian River Preserve.

    Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman, event co-chairs, led the tournament planning committee members that include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Leigh Spradling, Kristina Weaver and Suzanne Yarbrough.

    For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, or to secure your 2023 event partnership today, please call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon Bryan Parry, MD

    Dr. Bryan Parry

    Dr. Bryan Parry

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 16, 2022)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Bryan Parry, MD, to the North Brevard community. Dr. Parry specializes in general orthopedic surgery, acute fracture care as well as sports medicine. His office is located at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Cocoa, FL 32927.

    Dr. Parry earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Following his studies, Dr. Parry completed an orthopedic residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Before relocating to Brevard County in 2012, Dr. Parry spent 15 years in Atlanta, GA, providing medical care in Walton, Barrow and Newton County.

    Residing in the Brevard area for 10 years, Dr. Parry has become an involved member of the local community. As an avid distance runner, he enjoys volunteering as the Medical Director for large local races such as the Space Coast Marathon. Dr. Parry is excited to join the Parrish Medical Group team and provide timely acute orthopedic care to patients of the North Brevard community.

    Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Parry are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Parry, call 321-433-2247 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/Parry


    Parrish Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Re-certified by The Joint Commission
    PMC recognized for continuous stroke treatment excellence

    TITUSVILLE, FLA (March 11, 2022)– Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for primary stroke care.

    PMC’s recertification as a Primary Stroke Center extends its first-in-Brevard County achievement for area patients endangered by stroke’s potentially debilitating effects.

    “Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Parrish Medical Center for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

    Stroke is a leading cause of death in Florida. Growing research shows, however, that stroke patients' outcomes can be significantly improved when they receive treatment from an organized stroke system of care.

    “The Joint Commission established the Primary Stroke Center program to set a care standard to protect and saves lives,” said George Mikitarian, PMC president & CEO. “Meeting that standard takes tremendous commitment, resources, and work, but we have long dedicated ourselves to providing the highest levels of patient safety, clinical quality, and healing patient experiences on behalf of the people and communities we serve.”

    “This Joint Commission’s Gold Seal affirmation of PMC’s quality stroke care means that patients and families can have confidence in the objective measurement, accomplishment, and results, of PMC’s treatment program,” Mikitarian added.

    In 2010, PMC became the first hospital in Florida to participate in the Mayo Clinic telestroke program. Via a remote presence robot that stands five feet tall, neurologists at Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center in Jacksonville can remotely evaluate acute stroke patients and assist with diagnosis and treatment.

    “Quick administration of a drug called tPA to dissolve a stroke-causing blood clot and restore blood flow is part of The Joint Commission’s standards followed by PMC”, said Gregory P. Cuculino, MD, FACEP, emergency department medical director.

    “In many cases the drug results in the patient having minimal or no neurological damage from the stroke,” said Dr. Cuculino, “It’s one aspect of our approach to stroke care, which includes prevention, treatment and rehabilitation while always working as a team.”

    Hospitals began to apply voluntarily for PSC certification from the Joint Commission in 2003 in response to proposed organized stroke system of care by the Brain Attack Coalition in 2000. The proposed stroke system of care promotes EMS routing acute patients to Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs), and Comprehensive Stroke Centers able to provide proven stroke care reliably and rapidly.

    In 2004 PMC became the first health system in Brevard and third in the state of Florida to earn The Joint Commission’s PSC certification. And, every two years since 2004, The Joint Commission has evaluated and recertified PMC’s PSC. The most recent evaluation, in 2020, resulted in the latest recertification.

    Effective July 1, 2019, Senate Bill 1460 mandated hospitals to be stroke certified by a nationally recognized certifying organization that is approved by AHCA by July 1, 2021. The Joint Commission PSC certification meets this requirement.


  • Spiritual Healing Experiences

    TITUSVILLE, FL (March 3, 2022) – People in the midst of physical loss and emotional grief may not at that moment be thinking about a healing experience for their spirit, but Jerald Smith understands the importance of helping them find such experiences – whatever their background or culture.

    Smith, a minister and Parrish Medical Center Director of Pastoral Care, says a hospital is a crossroads of cultures, and it’s his responsibility to be responsive in whatever capacity he’s needed. He’s also found the COVID-19 pandemic to have created new and unique needs for patients, families, and Parrish employees.

    Reacting to moments of intense stress is part of the job.

    “A family came out of the Intensive Care Unit after losing a loved one, and they were grief stricken,” he says. “Their culture is one with emotional and vocal expressions of grief. Their agony was visible, audible, and heart-wrenching. I was called to the area outside of the ICU. At first, I waited. There’s a time to give people their space, and there’s the right moment to step forward and try to help. I waited for the right moment.”

    He approached them quietly, introduced himself, and invited them to accompany him into Parrish’s All Faiths Chapel.

    “The environment itself helped to calm them, and it spoke to their faith,” he said. That’s not something that would occur in a conference room or someone’s office. Such spiritual moments are most enhanced in a spiritual setting.”

    Smith serves Parrish’s patients, their families, and employees, called care partners. He was recently called to the hospital room of a fellow care partner’s grandfather, who had entered in-hospital hospice.

    “In the room I was asked to pray for the grandfather, who was surrounded by his family,” he said. “The man’s great-grandson was there. He and I both held his great-grandfather’s hands, and the young man led the prayer for the family. Together, we provided a healing experience for the family.”

    As hospital chaplain and ministry generally, Smith fills a multitude of responsibilities: pre-marriage preparation, prepare-enrich assessment, marriage and family ministry, end of life discussions, grief and bereavement support, children’s grief and family systems, public speaking, preaching, teaching, group facilitation.

    He is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, defined as “a professional who leads improvement projects and / or serves as a team member as a part of more complex improvement projects.”

    Smith has spent more than 25 years in hospital chaplaincy work. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in biblical education and secondary school education from Lee University and his Master of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, both in Cleveland, Tenn., and Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary (former Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in St. David’s, Penn.

    His personal faith is Christian, but his role as hospital chaplain is to give spiritual support to everyone requesting it, regardless of denomination and whatever their faith.

    “It’s a matter of care, and of caring,” Smith said. “That’s how I can practice my faith of loving my neighbor as myself, to whoever seeks it or needs it, regardless of what their personal beliefs might be.”

    He is on-site during such emergencies as hurricanes, during which he holds non-denominational services, sees to patient needs, and he’s available to Parrish staff members who, while they’re concerned with caring for the people in the hospital, are also thinking about their own family members at home in the storm.

    “The dedication of the people I work with inspires me,” Smith said. “They know that whatever is going on outside the hospital their responsibility is to be focused on our mission, healing experiences for everyone all the time.”

    COVID-19 has created new challenges for him and for everyone in health care, he said.

    “The sense of vulnerability that patients normally experience during a hospital stay was magnified by the isolation required because of the virus. Support systems that are so critical to patient well-being, like family and community of faith support, weren’t available. I reached out to local congregations and offered to be their representative and many of them took advantage of that. I would introduce myself as the hospital chaplain and add ‘but today, I’m here on behalf of your congregation. They asked me to assure you of their love and prayers.’ Through spiritual support, the great work of our Patient Experience team, who coordinated dozens and dozens of video chats between patients and families, and the awe-inspiring work of our medical team, we did all what we could to demonstrate to our patients that they were not alone in this fight.

    The fundamental issue, all the time, is healing experiences” he said.

    “Unless it’s an extraordinary situation, no one in a clinical setting can assure a patient or family member that a cure is certain,” Smith said. “What can be assured is that whatever the situation, whenever it occurs, Parrish care partners are going to live their mission, vision, and values, and will devote themselves to providing a healing experience for everyone, all the time.”


    Face Mask Mandate for Patients and Visitors Suspended
    Parrish Healthcare to follow new CDC Face Mask Guidance

    TITUSVILLE, FL (March 1, 2022) – Effective immediately, Parrish Healthcare will suspend its face mask mandate in accordance with new CDC guidance. Visitors are not required to wear a face mask inside Parrish Healthcare facilities including Parrish Medical Center. COVID-19 screening upon entry will also be suspended. However, individuals experiencing cold or flu symptoms should avoid visiting a hospitalized patient for their safety and protection.

    According to the CDC, Brevard County’s COVID-19 community level is medium. For those who are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease, it is recommended you talk with your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask or take other precautions. CDC continues to recommend keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters; follow recommendations for isolation and quarantine including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.

    Parrish Healthcare care partners (employees, volunteers, medical staff, etc.) who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to wear face masks while at work in accordance with CMS mandated vaccination program for healthcare workers.


    The Power of Healing Experiences

    TITUSVILLE, FLA (February 17, 2022) — The level of care and personal attention a patient receives from hospital staff can have a direct effect on patients’ attitudes, optimism, and commitment to recovery, key factors in Parrish Medical Center’s application of its mission on behalf of its patients, hospital officials say.

    “Studies show that the attitude and approach of hospital staff can be positive or negative in patients’ short-term illness or injury responses and long-term improvement,” said Carlos Diaz, patient experience professional. “What we’re after are better outcomes for patients and their families - which goes hand-in-hand with our Parrish mission of Healing Experiences for Everyone All the Time® - and is seen in patients’ responses to their care.”

    A Stanford University research project supports the importance of the healing experience concept. The Stanford Medicine website article describing the study opens with, “Patient mindset matters in healing and deserves more study, experts say; Researchers encourage more health care providers to place emphasis on the importance of people’s mindsets and social context in healing.”

    Alia Crum, an associate professor of psychology, was the report’s lead author. Abraham Verghese, MD, was senior author. Said Crum, “A health care provider’s bedside manner is important, and what patients think and expect about treatments can influence health outcome.”

    The article said, “Crum and her colleagues argue that the health care and education systems need to prioritize the role of psychological and social forces in healing.”

    One such example at Parrish is of a man admitted to the hospital with multiple medical conditions; his condition was such that he needed to be repositioned every two hours, around the clock, by Parrish staff, referred internally as care partners. The patient’s health issues required cooperation and coordination of multiple hospital departments, clinical and non-clinical, each with a care approach that affected for the better the patient’s mindset.

    “On several occasions, he has expressed immense gratitude for the ongoing care he’s received,” said Robert Chambers, coordinator of Parrish’s wound care program, “and he’s hopeful for the future.”

    Such responses aren’t restricted to major events. Parrish care partners’ manner toward a woman who arrived at Parrish apprehensive about a stress test saw her attitude shift from dread to enthusiasm; afterward, she wrote a letter to hospital administration. “PMC made me feel safe and cared for,” she said. “You are all heroes on the front line, still doing excellent work for our community during difficult times.”

    A woman whose step-daughter died from COVID-19, contacted the hospital for the care her step-daughter had received. She said, “Kindness, caring and empathy are something that can’t be measured on a balance sheet, but they certainly help the patient and families…”

    In another instance, a patient who performs daily peritoneal dialysis at home was admitted for an infection. Afterwards, she thanked the nurse who had been principally in charge of her care stating that this nurse:

    Building optimistic attitudes for patients through how care is provided is something that has long been known in health care, though the question is how many health care organizations make it a focus of their care. An ABC News report from 2001 explored positive patient thinking and how to promote it.

    “An optimistic attitude can do wonders for patients' recovery, according to researchers who reviewed 16 studies that looked at patients' attitudes toward health. The studies spanned 30 years and looked at patients' attitudes after surgery.

    "This mind-body connection that we have been toying with for the past couple of decades really does have hard science behind it," (then ABC News medical correspondent Dr. Nancy) Snyderman said.

    Diaz said that though it isn’t always possible to cure, using Parrish’s mission to provide healing experiences is something stressed for every interaction between a care partner and patients, their family members, and the community. He continued by stating that positive, healing experiences build the possibility of a better outcome.

    “There’s healing power in caring for people in a manner that encourages them as they move into the future, whatever the future may hold.,” Diaz said.


    Zumpano Patricios Return as Presenting Sponsor for Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic on April 1

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 16, 2022)— Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of Zumpano Patricios as the presenting sponsor for the annual Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 1.

    More than 200 golfers are expected to play the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and/or typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    “Now, more than ever, supporting The Children’s Center and its mission is critically important to our current and future generations of children and their families as they navigate the challenges and complexities of the pandemic,” stated Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios. “Zumpano Patricios is honored to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for the eighth year as presenting sponsor of the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic. It is gratifying to know that our contribution is helping advance the vital work of TCC and that children in North Brevard will continue to have access to the programs and services necessary to support them in reaching their fullest potential during their most important developmental years of life.”

    Tournament players can choose between two golf courses – Indian River Preserve Golf Club with its rich, lush rolling fairways designed by Perry Dye and LPGA champion Jan Stephenson or The Great Outdoors with the beautiful natural environment of the St. Johns wildlife refuge. Course selection is first-come, first choice with paid registration.

    Event registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. 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. The chance drawing will take place at the event. Raffle participants need not be present to win.

    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 his longtime dedication to our community and favorite charity, The Children’s Center. Community leaders and volunteers organize the golf classic. Event co-chairs are Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Jeff Riley, Kathy Simonsen, Leigh Spradling, Kristina Weaver, and Suzanne Yarbrough.

    The foundation welcomes all businesses and organizations to participate and support the event. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500.

    For information on sponsor opportunities, or to purchase chance drawing tickets, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.


    New Parrish Health and Wellness Center opens Saturday, March 5, 2022

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 16, 2022)— Parrish Healthcare is pleased to announce the opening of its Parrish Health and Wellness Center located at the Crossroads Shopping Plaza, 3065 Columbia Blvd., Suite C104, Titusville, FL, on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

    Pre-opening tours will be hosted by appointment only from February 21 to February 26. To schedule a tour, visit parrishhealthcare.com/tour or call 321-268-6200. Individuals who attend a pre-opening tour will each receive a Parrish Health and Wellness swag bag and be entered for a chance to win one-year membership.

    “The 5,500 square-foot wellness center offers North Brevard a wellness center catered around convenience, cleanliness and most importantly, safety,” said Parrish Health and Wellness Center Director Kellie Way.

    “Members will have the ability to reserve an individual exercise pod, decreasing the hassle of waiting for a machine and adding a layer of protection when exercising in their own space,” added Way.

    The Parrish Health and Wellness Center features individual exercise pods; a variety of cardio, functional and strength training equipment; personal training services; private restrooms and showers; and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    “We are honored to continue our commitment to wellness with the opening of this wellness center which has been designed using the latest infection prevention best-practices. We look forward to welcoming back former and new members,” said Parrish Healthcare Spokesperson Natalie Sellers.

    Annual and monthly membership options are available for individuals and families. Daily, guest passes also available for $10 per day. Senior and student discounts available. For more information, visit parrishhealthcare.com/healthandwellness or call 321-268-6200.


    Visitors Welcome Again at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 14, 2022) – Effective Monday, February 14, 2022, Parrish Healthcare is pleased to again welcome visitors to Parrish Medical Center and all outpatient facilities. The community COVID-19 positivity rates and hospital volumes are such that PMC officials have discontinued the temporary visitor restrictions.

    “Parrish Healthcare recognizes that family members and partners-in-care play an important role in the patient's healing process, and as such are excited to be able to lift the temporary visitor restrictions that were necessary during the most recent Omicron surge,” said Parrish Medical Center Spokesperson Natalie Sellers.

    There are no specified hospital visiting hours; however, quiet time is designated between the hours of 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. daily to promote a restful healing environment for patients.

    Those visiting a Parrish Healthcare facility are still required to complete a wellness screening upon entry and wear a face mask at all times, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Persons experiencing signs of cold, flu or COVID-19 are encouraged to remain home until symptoms resolve.

    For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/visitation or call 321-268-6111.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Kevat Patel

    Dr. Kevat Patel

    Dr. Kevat Patel

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (February 11, 2022)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome physician Kevat Patel to the North Brevard community. Dr. Patel is a board-certified primary care physician now offering a wide variety of family medicine services at two convenient locations: Parrish Healthcare Center 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780 and Parrish Healthcare Center 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Cocoa, FL 32927.

    Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from the American University of Integrative Sciences in Barbados. Following his studies, Dr. Patel completed a prestigious clinical epidemiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA and an Internal Medicine residency at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He is also in the process of completing a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry.

    Dr. Patel is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and a contributing member of the Harvard Alumni in Healthcare. Having conducted extensive research in his area of expertise and being published in many academic journals, Dr. Patel is passionate about the field of primary care medicine.

    Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Patel are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, call 321-268-6868 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/Patel.


    Rupe Elected Member-at-Large of Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors

    TITUSVILLE, FL (February 8, 2022) – Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors, in accordance with its bylaws, held an election of officers during its February board meeting. The election resulted in the following office appointment:

          Member-at-Large: Marueen E. Rupe. Ms. Rupe has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors since 2002. She has an extensive background in public service, including president of Partnership for a Sustainable Future; chair and board member of League of Women Voters; charter review commission member for Brevard County 2003-2004; Brevard County Land Procedures and Policies Committee; chairman of Port St. John Library board; and president of the Brevard British Club.

    The entire slate of officers includes:
          Chairman of the Board: Robert L. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Jordan has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors, in numerous capacities, since 1998. Mr. Jordan is chairman, president and CEO of Genesis VII, having more than 32 years of experience in the Aerospace field. He holds numerous board positions in the public and private sectors including his recent appointment as Vice Mayor of Titusville.
          Vice Chairman: Stanley Retz, CPA. Mr. Retz has been a certified public accountant for more than 40 years providing tax, accounting and financial advice to businesses and individuals.
          Treasurer: Herman A. Cole. Jr. Col, USAF (Ret). Colonel Cole has served on the board of directors since 2000 in a number of capacities, including former Chairman of the Board. Colonel Cole has an extensive background in directing, managing and administering large, worldwide construction projects.
          Secretary: Elizabeth Galfo, MD. Dr. Galfo has served on the board of directors since 2015. She is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, serving as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director from 1997 to 2020.

    In addition to the board officers, the nine-member board of directors includes board members Billy Specht, Billie Fitzgerald, Jerry Noffel and Ashok Shah, MD.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Steven Holmes

    Steven Holmes, MD

    Steven Holmes, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (January 19, 2022)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome occupational health physician Steven Holmes to the Brevard community. Dr. Holmes is now offering primary care and occupational health services at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral, 390 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

    Dr. Holmes earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He was a recipient of a Health Professions scholarship from the United States Navy where he received training in General Surgery and Aerospace Medicine and practiced as a Flight Surgeon. Most recently, Dr. Holmes held the position of Medical Director of Ascension Medical Clinic in Ascension Parish, Louisiana.

    Dr. Holmes strives to provide the highest quality of health care services while promoting the wellbeing of workers, their families and the local community through preventative health measures. Dr. Holmes is a past-president of the Mid-South Occupations & Environmental Medical Association, a component society of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

    Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Holmes are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Holmes, call 321-633-8640 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/Holmes.


    Innovative technology for the treatment of advanced heart disease available only at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FL (January 14, 2022) – Advanced heart disease treatment that reduces the risk for heart attack and stroke while increasing patient safety and comfort is now available in Brevard County, exclusively at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).

    Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL), uses sonic pressure waves to break up arterial calcium deposits that cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which decreases blood flow and can also lead to heart attacks and strokes. IVL was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Feb. 2021.

    “In our Cardiac Cath Lab, we are using IVL to treat complicated calcified coronary heart disease in a safer and easier way than ever before,” said Cath Lab Director and Chairman of Medicine Dr. Biju Mathews. “With this technology we are able to achieve better lasting results through better lesion preparation and a higher degree of stent expansion that reduces the need for future procedures,” says Dr. Mathews.

    The FDA describes how IVL is used to treat heart disease: “The lithotripsy emitters at the end of the catheter create pressure waves that are intended to break up the calcification that is restricting blood flow in the vessels of the heart. This helps open the blood vessels when the balloon is inflated (angioplasty). After using the Shockwave system, the doctor will implant a different device called a stent, which is a metal tube that helps keep the vessel open.”

    More than 125 Floridians a day die of heart disease, making it the state’s leading cause of death. Nationally, more than 600,000 people die annually of heart disease[1]. As heart disease, specifically coronary calcification, progresses, plaque buildup on the arterial wall narrows and eventually restricts blood flow. IVL, as described, is a better way to bring a healing experience for cardiac patients.

    “Medical technology, once approved for use, is of value only to patients when they have access to it. We’re delighted at PMC to be the only hospital in Brevard presently making IVL treatment available to patients in need of this vital service,” said Dr. Mathews. Parrish’s first IVL treatment was performed in November by Dr. Mathews.

    IVL is PMC’s latest cardiovascular advancement offered as a part of the hospital’s cardiovascular patient care services. PMC was also the first to offer other cardiovascular advancements such as the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra AV.

    For more information visit parrishhealthcare.com/IVL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mathews, call 321-383-7600.

    [1] https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm


    Cole Elected Treasurer of Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors

    TITUSVILLE, FL (January 13, 2022) – Parrish Medical Center’s Board of Directors, in accordance with its bylaws, held an election of officers during its January board meeting. The election resulted in the following office appointments:

          Treasurer: Herman A. Cole. Jr. Col, USAF (Ret). Colonel Cole has served on the board of directors since 2000 in a number of capacities, including former Chairman of the Board. Colonel Cole has an extensive background in directing, managing and administering large, worldwide construction projects.

    The entire slate of officers includes:

          Chairman of the Board: Robert L. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Jordan has served on the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors, in numerous capacities, since 1998. Mr. Jordan is chairman, president and CEO of Genesis VII, having more than 32 years of experience in the Aerospace field. He holds numerous board positions in the public and private sectors including his recent appointment as Vice Mayor of Titusville.

          Vice Chairman: Stanley Retz, CPA. Mr. Retz has been a certified public accountant for more than 40 years providing tax, accounting and financial advice to businesses and individuals.

          Secretary: Elizabeth Galfo, MD. Dr. Galfo has served on the board of directors since 2015. She is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, serving as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director from 1997 to 2020.

    In addition to the board officers, the nine-member board of directors includes newly elected member, Billy Specht, along with returning members Billie Fitzgerald, Maureen Rupe, Jerry Noffel and Ashok Shah, MD.




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    Parrish Healthcare Brings Light to North Brevard Children and Families this Holiday Season

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 20, 2021)— Parrish Healthcare continues its holiday tradition of donating toys to North Brevard Charities Sharing Center (NBCSC) to benefit local children and families.

    This year, Parrish Healthcare hosted a toy drive where care partners were invited to bring unwrapped toys and place them under “the giving tree” at Parrish Medical Center. This has proven to be a Parrish Healthcare tradition that not only impacts the North Brevard children who receive toys, but also the care partners who donate.

    Parrish Medical Center Communications Specialist Alyssa Cannistra reflects on why it is special for her to donate, especially during a time when the joy of the season is needed most.

    “As a child, the holiday season was always such a joyous time. To me and my family, it is important to donate during this time of year and help spread the joy of the season by doing our part to bring light to every north Brevard child’s home” said Cannistra.

    Through the community partnership with NBCSC, this year Parrish and the north Brevard community were able to donate enough toys to benefit over 200 local families.

    “The generosity of our community has been inspiring. We are grateful for every gift, every dollar and every minute that has been invested during this Christmas season. All of it will go to the children and families that we serve,” said Brian Walton, Executive Director of NBCSC.

    “The support of Parrish Medical Center has been incredible! Not only did the PMC care partners provide a very large donation of toys for the kids, but the hospital filled our box truck to the top with donated hams, turkeys and pies. All of us at NBCSC are thankful for such kindness and love. Because of the Parrish family – over 300 kids will find a toy under the tree and will have a good meal for Christmas!” said Walton.

    “Every holiday season the healing hearts of our Parrish Healthcare care partners shine bright as we serve to fulfill our mission of Healing Experience for Everyone All the Time®,” said Natalie Sellers, Senior Vice President, Communications, Community & Corporate Services. “The past two years have particularly shown us the amazing resilience of our healthcare heroes, the patients we have the honor to serve and of our community; and we are deeply grateful for the kindness and generosity being shared” said Sellers.

    Anyone interested in donating to NBCSC can call 321-269-6555 or visit northbrevardcharities.org for a list of items needed and store hours.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Physician Assistant Denise McBroom

    Denise McBroom

    Physician Assistant Denise McBroom

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 16, 2021)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome physician assistant Denise McBroom to the Brevard community. Denise is now offering primary care and occupational health services at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral, 390 Challenger Road, Port Canaveral, FL 32920.

    Denise McBroom is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and has over 22 years of experience. Passionate about health, wellness and preventative care, Denise has a strong history of success in meeting patient needs by leveraging health care expertise to diagnose and treat a multitude of conditions. Some of the services that Denise will be offering in at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral include acute care visits and injury assessments, patient care management, respirator clearance and Department of Transportation physicals.

    Parrish Medical Group and Denise McBroom are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Denise, call 321-633-8640 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/McBroom.


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Mara De La Vega

    Mara De La Vega, MD

    Mara De La Vega, MD

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 15, 2021)— Parrish Medical Group is pleased to welcome board-certified primary care physician Mara De La Vega, MD, to the Brevard community. Dr. De La Vega has over 25 years of experience and is now offering primary care services at Parrish Healthcare Center at Titus Landing, 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780.

    Dr. De La Vega earned her medical degree from Universidad Metropolitana in Barranguilla, Columbia. Following her studies, Dr. De La Vega completed her residency in family practice at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Jamaica, New York. Most recently, Dr. De La Vega held the position of Medical Director at EternaMD. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. De La Vega is passionate about meeting every patient’s needs. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

    Parrish Medical Group and Dr. De La Vega are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. De La Vega, call 321-268-6868 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/DeLaVega.


    Parrish Healthcare named Founding Member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard’s Ambassador Circle

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (December 9, 2021)— Parrish Healthcare is proud to partner with the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard (CACB) to create a premier level of giving called the Ambassador Circle. The Friends of the CACB's Ambassador Circle will serve as a prestigious group of businesses and investors who pledge significant levels of financial support ($10,000 or more) on a multi-year basis in support of improving our community's response to child abuse and neglect.

    "Guided by our vision, Healing Families–Healing Communities, the creation of the Friends of the CACB's Ambassador Circle serves to help address two significant needs identified from our community health needs assessment; access to mental health services and support for victims of abuse,” said Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian. “Through meaningful partnerships between business and community-based programs like The Friends of the CACB, we help to build a better Brevard, and, ultimately, stronger families,” added Dr. Mikitarian.

    “Parrish Healthcare, as the founding member of Friends of the CACB's Ambassador Circle, has committed $50,000 over a five-year period. Those funds will help support the many child protection programs and services offered through the CACB, such as specialized mental health counseling, medical exams, forensic interviews, and consultation services among other services,” said CACB President Susan Moore.

    To learn more about the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard and how they support the programs and services of the CACB for abused children visit https://www.friendsof thecacb.org.

    About the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center
    The Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to increase awareness of the issues of child abuse and neglect in our community, and to raise funding to support the mission of the CACB and its programs and services for abused children.

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard was established in 1996 and is a program of the Space Coast Health Foundation. The CACB is a multi-agency collaboration of the Child Protection Team, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and municipal law enforcement agencies, and The Office of the State Attorney. These core partners of the CACB work together to intervene in the most severe cases of child abuse, including all child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect in Brevard County.

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard has been a leader in the state of Florida since its inception in 1996. Founded on the belief that it is in the best interest of the county’s children to establish an advocacy center; they have created a safe space for Brevard’s abused children. The result has been an effective, efficient coordinated child-centered response to child abuse and a safe haven where children are nurtured by skilled professionals specially trained in child maltreatment and development. To learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard visit https://www.cacbrevard.org/.


    Titusville Fire Department Raises Awareness and Funds in Support of Parrish Medical Center’s Cancer Care Program

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Dec. 1, 2021) —Titusville Fire Department (TFD) presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with $3,300 in support of cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center (PMC). Since the inception of the annual Pink Out Campaign, TFD has raised more than $15,000 to support the Cancer Care program at Parrish Medical Center.

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    Titusville Fire Department presents a check for $3,300 to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for their cancer care program at Parrish Medical Center. Pictured are Parrish Healthcare care partners and Titusville Fire Department personnel.

    Titusville Fire Department showed their support by going pink for the cause with their 2021 Pink Out campaign. During the month of October, as part of nationwide and local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, department members sold and wore pink-themed T-shirts in place of their uniform shirts in observance of breast cancer awareness month.

    For the seventh year, Titusville Fire has generously given back to JPMF and supported PMC’s cancer care program. In addition to releasing a new design for the limited edition TFD Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt provided by Printboy, two options for stainless steel tumblers courtesy of River Edge Designs were added to Pink Out campaign fundraising selections.

    “The 2021 Pink Out Campaign was the most successful to date for TFD. Social media, online ordering, the addition of new items and numerous longtime supporters of the campaign contributed to our fundraising success,” stated Gregory Sutton, battalion chief.

    New this year, TFD sought nominations from the community to honor those who have completed or are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment. Five of the nominees were selected and each was presented with a limited edition T-shirt and tumbler by several Titusville Fire personnel that arrived unexpectedly to surprise the recipients. “The moments with survivors left a lasting impression with us, said Sutton. The experience was emotional, rewarding, and truly brought home the importance of breast cancer treatment and awareness. We look forward to next year’s campaign, our continued partnership with JPMF and giving back to those we serve.”

    “Nationwide cancer screenings decreased during the COVID pandemic, yet PMC ensured screenings remained a top priority. The Cancer Care program at Parrish, the area’s only program that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer, was able to continue providing free life-saving mammograms to those most in need; those that are out of work, under-insured or without insurance, and those struggling with high deductibles,” said Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator. “We are grateful to TFD and all those in the community that supported this year’s Pink Out campaign. It is gratifying to be part of a community that comes together to help provide the much needed resources for cancer screenings that enable us to identify cancer in earlier stages, resulting in better patient outcomes.”

    The generous support provided by Titusville Fire will provide the availability of additional resources and opportunities to those we serve in North Brevard that may not otherwise have access to these vital services and care,” said Rachel Terry, JPMF board chair. “We are grateful to our community partner, Titusville Fire Department, for their ongoing commitment to PMC’s cancer care program and helping to advance PMC’s vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®.

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


    Parrish Healthcare’s plan to convert former Parrish Health & Fitness Center into an Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center of Excellence is underway

    TITUSVILLE, FL (November 8, 2021)—Parrish Healthcare, in a press release dated April 8, 2021, announced its plan to convert the former Parrish Health & Fitness Center, located at 2210 Cheney Hwy (Hwy. 50), into an orthopedic and sports medicine center of excellence. The plan included closing the fitness center and opening a new Health & Wellness Center at 3065 Columbia Boulevard, Suite C 104, located inside the Cross Roads Market Place (Target) Shopping Plaza.

    At the height of the COVID-19 emergency, Parrish Healthcare closed its Parrish Health & Fitness Center to adhere to public health and safety guidelines.

    “With the necessity to shut down fitness center operations and the prevailing uncertainty about when the center could safely re-open it offered Parrish Healthcare leaders the time and opportunity to accelerate our plans to grow and enhance access to quality orthopedic and sports medicine programs and services, while also sustaining our commitment to wellness,” said Natalie Sellers, Parrish Healthcare spokesperson.

    Parrish Medical Group Sports Medicine Physician Anthony Allotta, DO, and Orthopedic Surgeon David Schafer, MD, are providing the clinical and programmatic oversight for the planned orthopedic and sports medicine center of excellence. The center will include medical services, athletic training, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, injury prevention and treatment clinics, and more.

    Timeshare rentals are currently available for the pool facilities at 2210 Cheney Hwy to interested organizations such as local swim teams and independent Aqua Zumba instructors.

    As development continues on the planned orthopedic center of excellence, Parrish Healthcare is looking forward to the opening of its new Parrish Health & Wellness Center within the Target Shopping Plaza in Titusville. The 5,500-square-foot wellness center will operate seven days-a-week, Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Designed to operate using the very latest infection prevention best-practices to provide a safe workout environment for everyone, Parrish Health & Wellness Center will feature 20 individual exercise stations equipped with cardio and weight training equipment as well as various wellness resources. Annual and monthly memberships starting at $30/month will be available. Grand opening plans will be announced soon.

    For additional information about Parrish Health & Wellness Center at Cross Roads Market Place, visit parrishhealthcare.com/healthandwellness.


    Parrish Healthcare sponsors Brevard Public Schools’ Thrive by Five initiative

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (November 5, 2021)— Parrish Healthcare is proud to serve as a major healthcare sponsor of Brevard Public Schools’ Thrive by Five initiative.

    The initiative launched on November 1, 2021 at a press conference where Parrish care partners helped to assemble over 500 Thrive by Five bags each filled with the popular children’s book (“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”), baby bib, and information for new parents about the many resources available to support them through the Thrive by Five initiative. Annually, 5,000 bags will be distributed to new parents countywide.

    Earlier this year, BPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins contacted Parrish Healthcare’s President/CEO George Mikitarian to share his vision of providing a pathway for every family in Brevard to have early literacy and school readiness resources beginning at birth to set them on the path for lifelong success. Dr. Mikitarian didn’t hesitate to commit Parrish Healthcare’s support.

    “It aligns perfectly to our own vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities® and why over the next five years, Parrish Healthcare has committed $50,000 to support this important initiative,” said Dr. Mikitarian.

    According to Parrish Healthcare’s Senior Vice President Communications, Community & Corporate Services Natalie Sellers, there are five key reasons we believe in this important initiative:

    1. We believe every child can and should thrive during the crucial first five years of their physical, emotional and intellectual development1.
    2. We believe prioritizing children, specifically from birth to kindergarten, is the best way to establish a solid foundation to improve educational and health outcomes for children and to set them on a lifelong path to success.
    3. We believe in strong collaboration across education, healthcare, and family and social services to bridge gaps1 of identified community health needs.
    4. We believe in the vision of Brevard Public Schools to engage, inspire and empower a community of learners in collaborating, innovating and preparing them for future readiness.
    5. We believe in our community working together for the community. Together, we can, and are, healing families and healing communities.
    Thrive by Five program information will be disseminated at Parrish Medical Center; The Children’s Center in Titusville, a service of Parrish Healthcare; Parrish Medical Group offices; and through area pediatrician offices.

    Additionally, information is available online at www.brevardschools.org/ThrivebyFive or parrishhealthcare.com/ThrivebyFive.

    Parrish Healthcare Care Partners.

    Helping to assemble the bags were the following Parrish Healthcare Care Partners:

    • Natalie Sellers, MS, APR, FACHE, Sr. Vice President, Communications, Community & Corporate Services
    • Matthew Graybill, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Surgical, Emergency and Critical Care Services
    • Melinda Hodges, RN, Manager, Women’s Services, Parrish Medical Center
    • Kristina Weaver, RPSGT, Director, Post-Acute Transitions
    • Vaneesha Greco, Manager, The Children’s Center
    • Kathy Simonsen, Special Programs Coordinator, The Children’s Center
    • Alyssa Cannistra, MBA, Communications Specialist
    • Stacy Hunt, Communications Specialist


    Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral reopens to the public

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (November 4, 2021)— After a 21-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral will reopen to the public on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

    Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located at 390 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral, Florida. This site offers primary care and occupational health services to those ages 18 and up as well as sports physicals to individuals of all ages.

    Denise McBroom, PA, will be the onsite provider at the Port Canaveral location. McBroom is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and has over 22 years of experience. She has a strong history of success in meeting patients’ needs by leveraging her healthcare expertise to diagnose and treat conditions.

    Additional services offered at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral are medication management, wellness programs, x-rays, EKG’s, vision screening, drug and alcohol testing, immunizations and lab services. New patients welcome. Most insurances accepted.

    For more information about Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral or to make an appointment, call 321-633-8640 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/portcanaveral.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to Host Annual Gala “A Whole New World” Benefiting Parrish Healthcare’s Cancer Care Programs and Services

    GrayRobinson, P.A. and William and Laura Boyles return as presenting sponsor

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Sept. 30, 2021)—Planning is underway for Jess Parrish Medical Foundation’s (JPMF) annual benefit gala, A Whole New World, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, from 5:30-10:00 pm at Space Coast Convention Center, Cocoa, FL. GrayRobinson, P.A., and William A. and Laura M. Boyles are presenting sponsors for the event.

    Sultans, wise genies and Ali Baba will come to life in the elegant Arabian Night themed evening alive with Mediterranean inspired cuisine, enchanting music, dancing and magic lamps. A Whole New World is sure to be an evening you won’t forget.

    Guests will enjoy dinner in the Casbah inspired ballroom, cocktails at the Oasis Sand Bar, souvenir photos and the opportunity to take home a new favorite libation when they take a chance at the wine pull. Elegant Aladdin inspired attire is suggested; black tie optional.

    Event proceeds will champion the advancement of Parrish Healthcare’s Cancer Care program – the area’s only program that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

    “It is our honor and privilege to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for the tenth year as presenting sponsor of the Foundation’s annual benefit gala,” said William A. Boyles, shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A. “We are committed to continuing the Foundation’s mission of providing healing experiences to families throughout Brevard County and supporting Parrish Healthcare’s vital Cancer Care programs and services.”

    Co-chairs for the event are Judy Allender, Kelley Broome, Mary Coleman, Jessie Kirk and Rachel Terry.

    “The outpouring of support we have received for A Whole New World has been extraordinary. We are grateful to have so many organizations and community partners joining us to make a difference in the health of our community,” said Rachel Terry, JPMF Board Chair.

    In addition to presenting sponsors GrayRobinson, P.A. and William A. and Laura M. Boyles, the growing list of this year’s event partners include the Genie of Generosity-level sponsor: Zumpano Patricios; Sultan of Agrabah-level sponsors: Apogee Physicians, Brevard Indo-American Medical & Dental Association (BIMDA), Hugh M. and Ina M. Brown, Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, Inc., Dr. Frank Dienst & Marilyn Dienst Medical Services LLC and Chris and Lisa McAlpine and Jo Lynn Nelson, Injury Centers of Brevard and MEC Contractors - Engineers; Cave of Wonders-level sponsors: Land Rover Merritt Island, Palm Point Behavioral Health, Pearson Doyle Mohre & Pastis LLP, Christine Sylvester and Bill and Rachel Terry; Magic Lamp-level sponsors: Allender & Allender P.A./Jerry and Judy Allender, Dr. and Mrs. Brent Brandon, Steve and Winnie Brewer, CPS Solutions, LLC, Dr. and Mrs. William F. Hogan, Terry and Marty Lee, LHC Group/Parrish Home Health, Jaime and Melissa Lugo/Space Coast Bounce, Bill and Jean McCarthy, MSL CPAs & Advisors, Howard and Sandra Rinker, St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, Turmy and Oscar Sieveking, Dr. Philip L. Simpson, Barbara and Terry Terhune and TLC Engineering Solutions; and Diamond in the Rough-level sponsors: Foley & Lardner LLP, Greg and Lori Gullikson, VITAS Healthcare, Wasatch Global Investors, Wild Ocean Market and Fred and Misty Wilson. In-kind event sponsors include Stina Bee Marketing. In-kind media sponsors include Brevard Business News and Florida Today/LOCALiQ. Other generous sponsors will be recognized at the gala.

    Individual gala tickets are available at $125 and sponsorship opportunities are offered starting at $500. For more information about sponsorship packages or to purchase general admission and chance-drawing tickets, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com/gala. Space is limited.


    Parrish Healthcare Partners with the Titusville Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration for DEA National Take Back Event

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (September 27, 2021) – On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10a.m. – 2p.m. Parrish Medical Center is partnering with the Titusville Police Department (TPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to serve as a collection point for the National Prescription Drug Take Back event. During this national take back event community members are able to surrender expired, unwanted or unused prescription controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

    “The Titusville Police Department is grateful for our community partnerships with the DEA and Parrish Medical Center” said Special Investigations Section Sergeant Troy Barbour. “The upcoming Pill Take Back event provides an extraordinary opportunity for citizens to responsibly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs, no questions asked, ultimately keeping these drugs off the streets and making our community safer” added Barbour.

    This semiannual event provides not only the opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment and business communities to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all community members but also allows for law enforcement to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

    “The DEA Takeback Day gives us the opportunity twice a year to make our community a safer place for our families. Parrish Medical Center’s participation in this effort underscores our commitment to the support of the wonderful place we all call home!” said Parrish Medical Center Director of Pharmacy Eric Renker.

    For more information on the DEA Take Back event and its national impact, please visit DEATakeBack.com


    Parrish Medical Group Welcomes Orthopedic Physician David Schafer, MD

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    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 23, 2021)— Parrish Medical Group welcomes David Schafer, MD to the North Brevard community. Dr. Schafer is a board-certified orthopedic physician now offering a wide variety of orthopedic care at two convenient locations: Parrish Healthcare Center 250 Harrison Street, Titusville, FL 32780 and Parrish Healthcare Center 5005 Port St. John Parkway, Cocoa, FL 32927.

    Dr. Schafer completed his medical studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Following his studies, Dr. Schafer completed a fellowship at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angles. Most recently, Dr. Schafer held the position of Medical Director at Grand Avenue Surgical Center/Surgicare of Chicago. He is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Having conducted a wide amount of research in his area of expertise and publishing in many academic journals, Dr. Schafer is passionate about the orthopedic field.

    Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Schafer are now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 321-433-2247 for Titusville or Port St. John.


    Parrish Medical Center Offers Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Eligible Community Members

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 22, 2021)— Parrish Medical Center Infusion Center offers Monoclonal Antibody (MAB) treatments by appointment only. PMC’s Infusion Center opened its MAB treatment clinic on February 2, 2021 and has provided more than 140 treatments to-date. The treatment is administered through IV infusion. Total treatment time is 2 hours.

    MAB is used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. MAB should be given as soon as possible after a positive COVID-19 test and within 10 days of symptom onset.

    MAB may speed recovery time, decrease the risk for hospitalization and/or decrease the duration of COVID-19 symptoms. It is an investigational drug that continues to be studied, but early data suggests it is safe and reduces the risk of being hospitalized.

    MAB is not administered in the Emergency Department or on a walk-in basis. For more information, screening and appointment scheduling please call the Parrish Medical Center Infusion Center at (321) 268-6730 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/MAB.


    Nomi Health is Now Offering COVID Testing at Parrish Medical Center

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 17, 2021)— As part of Brevard County's efforts to expand COVID-19 testing opportunities, Nomi Health is now offering a Brevard County COVID-19 testing site in the Parrish Medical Center south parking lot located at 921 North Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796.

    This Nomi site offers both rapid antigen and polyrnerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing. Rapid antigen COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week from 8a.m. – 6p.m. and PCR COVID-19 testing also is available seven days a week from 8a.m. – 5p.m.

    All COVID-19 testing offered at this site is available by appointment only and requires pre-registration. To register for a COVID-19 test, please visit http://testing.nomihealth.com/signup/fl and type 32796 in the zip code search bar. Scroll down to Parrish Medical Center and select the date and time, then click "schedule" to begin the scheduling process


    Parrish Medical Center will offer third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines beginning Friday, Sept. 3rd

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 1, 2021)— Parrish Medical Center will offer third dose mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) in accordance with CDC guidelines to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems beginning Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

    CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who have:

    People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. This additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. A physician’s note and pre-registration are required. To register, visit vaccine.parrishmed.com.


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    Incident Command Briefing Summary | 08/10/2021

    CURRENT CENSUS |71 COVID+ patients; of the COVID+ patients 94.4% are unvaccinated; 14 ICU COVID+ (ICU, 3N, ED)-all vented; 17 COVID+ in the Emergency Department; daily COVID patient discharge report (0 discharges on 8/9/21; 1 potential discharge on 8/10/21). The acuity level of hospitalized patients remains very high. All of these numbers are as of the publishing of this document and subject to change moment to moment.

    SURGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE | The surge emergency overflow tent is operational. In addition to PMC’s main 12-bed ICU, a secondary overflow ICU unit has been established on 3N. Nearly 50 patient rooms have been converted to function as negative pressure rooms. Nonemergency surgeries continue to be postponed until further notice to allow staffing resources to be deployed to areas of greatest need. Visitation continues to be restricted.

    PPE STATUS |Supplies are good at this time.

    STAFFING RESOURCES | COVID surge response labor pool was activated on Friday Aug. 6 requesting all ancillary departments to volunteer to help support our clinical teams as runners and to augment our Facilities, Environmental Services and Food & Nutrition teams. The labor pool continues to make a positive difference. Care partners interested in helping with the labor pool, please contact Janet McCarthy in Nursing Administration at ext. 2264. Additionally we continue to augment our nursing and respiratory therapy resources through contract agencies; however, the agencies too are having challenges with finding and providing nursing resources.

    CARE PARTNER SUPPORT ROUNDS | Nursing leadership, Chaplain, and others are rounding regularly to support the care teams. The stress, fatigue and emotional toll they are experiencing are palpable and beyond words. They are truly heroes.

    CRISIS DEBRIEFING AND MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING |available through our partnership with Space Coast Health Centers. The service is free and confidential. Dial “0” for the operator to connect you with Psychologist Dr. Jason Wieseler.

    FOOD & NUTRITION | Each of the units and the ED are being stocked 24/7 with food and snacks to support the care teams.

    PHARMACY UPDATE | The inpatient pharmacy department now operates 24/7 to support needs.

    VACCINE AVAILABILITY | Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available. If you have not yet been vaccinated, schedule an appointment today at https://vaccine.parrishmed.com/

    MATERIALS MANAGEMENT UPDATE | Effective Monday, August 16th, Materials Management Courier Services offered to off-sites will be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is to enable resources to be available on-site to accommodate higher acuity areas.

    COMMUNITY COVID-19 CALL CENTER | Available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-6121.

    COVID DATA | The Florida Hospital Association’s data on total confirmed new cases and the sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations compared to this time last year for the state of Florida.

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HEALING WORK!


    COVID patient influx requires Parrish Medical Center to activate its overflow tent

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (August 6, 2021)— Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and employees. Today, Parrish Medical Center had to activate its overflow tent in an effort to decompress its high emergency department volumes and provide a safe place to treat lower acuity, non-COVID patients.

    Parrish Medical Center reports its current hospital census at 130 hospitalized patients, up from 111 hospitalized patients yesterday. Of those 130 patients more than 63 are COVID positive (up from 59 yesterday); 20 patients are holding in the Emergency Department to be admitted; and 19 of those patients (up from 13 yesterday) are on ventilators requiring ICU level care. The hospital has had to further stand up a second ICU since it has exceeded the capacity of its 12-bed ICU and add more negative pressure rooms. Almost half of the hospital’s inpatient rooms now operate as negative pressure rooms.

    “The current surge of COVID patients is stressing every healthcare system and hospital to their limits. We can’t express enough the gratitude we feel for our healthcare heroes who are giving everything they have to support our community in this unprecedented time of need,” said Parrish Medical Center President/CEO George Mikitarian.

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    UPDATED Hospital and Health Care Setting Visitor Protection Measures

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 31, 2021)— Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and employees. The continued surge in COVID-19 cases within the community and resulting surge in hospitalizations and emergency room visits has made it necessary to again adopt a no-visitor policy within Parrish Medical Center. This decision is not made lightly, but is necessary to assure a safe, healing healthcare environment for everyone. Effectively immediately, visitors will not be allowed inside the hospital except in certain situations, such as: Video visitation will be arranged upon request. If you would like to arrange a video visit with a hospitalized loved one, please contact Parrish’s patient experience team at (321) 268-6357.


    Elective Surgeries Postponed Until Further Notice COVID hospitalizations across Brevard at all time high

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 28, 2021)— As the coronavirus continues to resurge in Brevard and the number of COVID positive patients needing hospitalization and visiting the emergency room, it has become necessary to postpone elective surgeries until further notice. This will allow the hospital to devote its staffing resources to its emergency department, ICU and inpatient care units.

    “Our care partners, doctors, nurses, therapists, everyone throughout our healthcare system have worked tirelessly since the onset of this pandemic and continue to do so with a level of dedication and resilience to be commended,” said President/CEO George Mikitarian.

    “The only way we will get this virus under control is through more people becoming vaccinated” said Mikitarian.

    Current COVID positive cases at Parrish Medical Center is 40, which is double the cases from last week and nearly four time the number of cases from a month ago.

    For information about COVID testing and vaccination visit parrishhealthcare.com and click on the COVID informational banner at the top of the page.


    Parrish Healthcare Hosts Back to School COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (July 26, 2021) – Parrish Healthcare is hosting a free back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination event on Friday, July 30 from 9a.m. to 12:30p.m. This is a drive-up event that will take place at 921 North Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL.

    At this event, both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be offered, free of charge. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be offered from 9 – 11a.m. to anyone age 12 and up. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be offered from 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. to anyone age 18 and up. Any individual under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the time of vaccination.

    Vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Appointments to receive your vaccine can be made through our online registration system at vaccine.parrishmed.com. Appointments to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be scheduled onsite after receiving the initial dose.

    For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please call our vaccine hotline at 321-268-6311. To register for the back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination clinic, visit vaccine.parrishmed.com.


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    TITUSVILLE, FL (July 23, 2021) — Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and employees. As we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, we are revising our visitation policy to protect our community against the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19. The following policy is now in place:

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    July 21, 2021

    PARRISH MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR DIGNIFYING PATIENT GOWN

    Erie Chapman Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee is pleased to announce a special award & cash prize to Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, Florida, for being the first hospital in the nation to implement a striking innovation in the Foundation’s national campaign, “Patient Dignity!”

    In January, 2021, the Foundation launched a challenge to previously Certified Healing Hospitals in Texas, California, Idaho & Florida to elevate the patient experience. One prong of the campaign is to change perceptions of the old-fashioned patient gowns by framing one with a sign announcing, “The Most Important Uniform in the Hospital.”

    According to Erie Chapman, President of the Foundation, “No one likes patient gowns, yet no one has improved them. When visitors see one framed, they will be surprised and then impressed by a hospital that considers it ‘The Most Important Uniform.’ Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian and his great team instantly realized how framing the gown advances their patient-centered focus.”

    “Every Parrish care partner knows we put patients first,” Parrish Healthcare President/CEO George Mikitarian stated. “This project also honors care partners by signaling the central importance of the people we serve.”

    “Congratulations to the Parrish team,” Chapman said. “Years ago, they were named America’s first Healing Hospital by the Baptist Healing Trust (The Healing Trust.) They held this honor for three consecutive years. This latest recognition by our Foundation proves they are still the best at putting patients first. We believe hundreds of hospitals will adopt this symbolic step. Parrish led the way.”

    Visit parrishhealthcare.com/patientgown to watch a video on Parrish’s commitment to the Patient Dignity initiative.


    Parrish Healthcare is Now Vaccinating Community Members Ages 12 and Older

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (May 21, 2021) – Parrish Healthcare is now offering community COVID-19 vaccinations to all members of the community ages 12 and older. Vaccinations are being given by appointment only. Appointments to receive your vaccine can be made through our online registration system at vaccine.parrishmed.com.

    Vaccines are being administered at the Parrish Health and Fitness Center located at 2210 Cheney Highway, Titusville, Florida 32780. At this time, all appointments currently available are for either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Any individual under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at the time of vaccination and is only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

    To register for your COVID-19 vaccination, visit vaccine.parrishmed.com or call our COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 321-268-6311.


    Parrish Healthcare Reaches Milestone of 10,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations Administered

    At the Parrish Health & Fitness Center Vaccination Site

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (May 17, 2021) – On Thursday, May 13, 2021 Parrish Healthcare care partners administered the 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination at the Parrish Health & Fitness Center vaccination site.

    Parrish Healthcare began vaccinating the north Brevard community on February 10, 2021. Since then, care partners have administered both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine and successfully vaccinated over 5,120 north Brevard residents.

    “I am privileged to be a part of this vaccination clinic. We are making a difference in each and every person’s life; each vaccination getting us one step closer to a new sense of normal. In the Emergency Department we typically see people in the worst moments of their lives and it has been healing to see and help members of our north Brevard community.” said Lead Paramedic Leigh Spradling of Parrish Medical Center.

    Since the Health & Fitness Center vaccination site opened in early February of 2021, Parrish Healthcare care partners have received an immense amount of support and appreciation from the surrounding community.

    “The opportunity to provide COVID-19 vaccine to the community is such an honor. Many care partners who care for our community members now have the opportunity to give vaccine to a very grateful community. We cannot count the number of times we have been told ‘Thank you for all that you do’” said Edwin Loftin, Senior Vice President of Integrated and Acute Care and Chief Nursing Officer.

    To register for your COVID-19 vaccination, visit vaccine.parrishmed.com or call our COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 321-268-6311.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Award Scholarships for Study in Healthcare and Medicin

    e TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 13, 2021) — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary awarded $23,500 in scholarships to 10 outstanding college students and graduating high school seniors that distinguished themselves through passionate dedication to their communities and a pursuit of studies in the fields of medicine or healthcare. Since 1990, JPMF has awarded more than $450,000 to deserving students.

    Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association (BIMDA), generous donor to the JPMF scholarship program, and dedicated to supporting future generations of healthcare professionals, committed funds through 2021 allowing for additional scholarships to be awarded.

    “It has been a privilege to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to support the educational endeavors of our future healthcare professionals,” said Glad Kurian, BIMDA honorary executive director. “It is gratifying to know that BIMDA’s contributions to the scholarship program have impacted the educational and career goals of so many accomplished students in our community.”

    This year’s scholarship winners include, from Astronaut High School, Kaylynn Gil and Emma Regan; Edgewood Jr./Sr. High awardee Arun Jagarlamudi; and Titusville High School recipients Paige Murrill and Julia Simonsen.

    College students awarded scholarships include Eboni Arnold, University of Miami; Maddalena Fairchild, Florida Institute of Technology; Brooke Kelleher, Florida Gulf Coast University; Gabriella Lloyd, University of North Carolina; and Kayla Ouellette from Eastern Florida State College.

    Thanks to BIMDA’s support, Eboni Arnold, Arun Jagarlamudi, Gabriella Lloyd, Paige Murrill and Julia Simonsen were each awarded additional scholarship funds.

    Scholarship committee chair Barbara Terhune led the committee through the process of evaluating applicants in the areas of academic performance, awards and honors, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and work experience, recommendation letters, application essay and PMC/JPMF affiliation. “This year’s scholarship recipients were again exceptional and we look to them to lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare,” said Matthew Morak, JPMF Director. “I would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to BIMDA; Ron Norris Honda, Ford, Buick & GMC; Barbara and Terry Terhune; and Rachel and Bill Terry for their generous scholarship gifts which allowed for additional students to be awarded.”

    Committee members include Santi Bulnes; Deborah Cox; Dot Hudson; Terry Lee; Bill McCarthy; Josh Norris; Howard Rinker, DDS; Natalie Sellers; Philip Simpson, PhD; and Barbara Terhune, committee chair.

    JPMF is investing in the future by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who are pursuing careers that one day will provide healing to our community.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Children’s Center with Sell Out Crowd

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 5, 2021)—More than 70 sponsors, 58 teams, 227 players and dozens of volunteers participated in the annual two-course Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 16 at La Cita Country Club and The Great Outdoors Golf Club.

    The 18-hole scramble was co-presented by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios and the Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA. The event exceeded its fundraising goal of $60,000 and raised more than $90,000 for The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    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. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management Director, was famous for saying, “It’s all about the kids!”

    “I am honored to continue my father’s legacy of giving to the children through his love of golf. We are grateful for the support of the sponsors, players and volunteers that contribute to the success of this annual event,” stated Leigh Spradling, Fran’s daughter and golf committee member.

    “It is incredibly humbling to be able to announce a record-breaking, sold-out year after the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s tournament. We are deeply grateful to the community and all involved for helping us assure the continued success of the programs and services offered through The Children’s Center,” said JPMF Executive Director and Parrish Healthcare Senior Vice President Natalie Sellers.

    Event partners included Presenting sponsors Zumpano Patricios and the Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA; Platinum-level sponsor HHS; and Gold-level sponsors were Injury Centers of Brevard; PuroClean Disaster Services; RUSH Construction, Inc.; and W & J Construction Corporation. Silver-level sponsors included Batson-Cook Company; CSI Leasing, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; Regions Bank; and The Watauga Company. Bronze-level sponsors were Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; Architects RZK, Inc.; Atlantic Business Systems; The Broome Law Firm/Chris & Kelley Broome; Certified Plumbing of Brevard, Inc.; Coastal Ambulance Services; Randy and Mary Coleman; Comprehensive Pharmacy Services; CP Rankin Inc. Roofing Experts; Florida Today/LOCALiQ; MEC Contractors Engineers; MedFast Urgent Care Centers; Phigenics; Schwenn Services & Contracting; N. Christine Sylvester; and Bill and Rachel Terry. The lunch sponsor was Firehouse Subs at Titus landing. In-kind sponsors were Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Dixie Crossroads; Duran Golf Club; el Leoncito Restaurant; Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville Kennedy Space Center; Island Guys Detailing; Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; La Cita Country Club; Orleans Bar & Bistro; Pier 220; River Lanes; The Great Outdoors Golf Club; Valiant Air Command, Inc./Warbird Museum; and World of Golf Hall of Fame. Other generous sponsors were recognized at the tournament.

    “Our sincerest thanks go out to the community and corporate partners who helped make this event possible. The success of this year’s event would not have been possible without their partnerships,” said tournament co-chair, Greg Sparkman.

    Taking home top honors were the men’s division first-place teams of Justin Edens, Mark Hudgins, Joey Jones and Mike Lakin at La Cita Country Club and Ray Fackler, Luis Mejia, Todd Stahl and Fred Wilson at The Great Outdoors. The mixed division first-place teams included players Amy Craddock, Brant Craddock, Michael Hogue and Jason Lanthorne at La Cita and Jackie Brown, Craig Dallas and Laura Ragan at The Great Outdoors. The foursome of Claire Charron, Patti Johnson, Kathy Myer and Jeanne O’Bryan took top women’s division honors at La Cita.

    The golf classic is organized by community leaders and volunteers and led by event co-chairs Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Vaneesha Greco, Jeff Riley, Leigh Spradling, Kristina Weaver and Suzanne Yarbrough.

    For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, or to secure your 2022 event partnership today, please call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.


    Parrish Healthcare Partners with Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and Titusville Police Department for DEA National Take Back Event

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (May 4, 2021) – On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Parrish Medical Center partnered with the Brevard County Sherriff’s Office (BCSO), Titusville Police Department (TPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to serve as a collection point for the national DEA take back event.

    This semiannual event provided an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment and business communities to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all community members.

    “We know that one of the many opportunities for abuse and accidental overdoses exists from expired and unused prescription medications in people’s own homes. Drugs that are improperly disposed of usually end up in our water systems or landfills and are extremely harmful to the environment,” said BCSO Public Information Officer Tod Goodyear. “BCSO is proud to partner in a campaign that brings awareness to these concerns and provides the public with safe and secure disposal sites for these medications.”

    During this national take back event community members were able to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. In the four hours of the event, officers were able to gather two boxes of unused and expired medications removing a total of 56 pounds of drugs from our community’s circulation.

    “The DEA Takeback Day gives us the opportunity twice a year to make our community a safer place for our families. Parrish Medical Center’s participation in this effort underscores our commitment to the support of the wonderful place we all call home!” said Parrish Medical Center Director of Pharmacy Eric Renker.

    For more information on the DEA Take Back event and its national impact, please visit DEATakeBack.com.


    Health First and Parrish Healthcare collaborate to encourage Brevard residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL (April 2, 2021)—With the state having expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility, Brevard County’s two health care systems—Health First and Parrish Healthcare—are collaborating to encourage area residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to ensure residents know when, where, and how, its hospitals are receiving and administering the vaccines.

    Health First hospitals and Parrish Healthcare’s Parrish Medical Center are each receiving vaccine allocations from the State of Florida; hospitals are sent either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA-1273) COVID-19 vaccines, depending on availability, but don’t choose which vaccine they’ll receive. State allocations of the J&J/Janssen vaccine have not been announced at this time.

    Per the Governor’s Executive Order, effective Monday, April 5, all Floridians will be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that the Pfizer vaccine will be available to anyone age 16+. The Moderna vaccine will be available to persons age 18+.

    Parrish Healthcare and Health First jointly are saying that the vaccines are safe, effective, and are the single greatest weapon to fight the spread and effects of COVID-19.

    “To benefit Americans, some 20 years ago, the federal government embarked on a scientific process to more quickly bring important medications to the public. The vaccines against COVID-19 are the result from that process, and the vaccines’ safety and efficacy are based on evidence, which the nation’s Centers for Disease Control have evaluated and finds highly successful in combating COVID-19,” said Frank Dienst, MD, Parrish Healthcare Intensive Care Medical Director.

    “We are excited to expand our vaccination program beginning next week and to do our part to help vaccinate as many residents as want to be vaccinated,” added Dienst.

    The two health care systems have online capability for Brevard residents to make vaccination appointments. Furthermore, hospital registration systems are continually updated to show available appointment times to minimize waiting and the number of people in the vaccination center at any one time, which makes it more efficient getting vaccine into people’s arms for the benefits they’ll experience.

    “Opening up vaccinations to all adults in the state of Florida is critical in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker, Chief Clinical Officer at Health First. “We look forward to expanding the availability next week, as we will be offering a limited number of Pfizer vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis to those registered. This pertains to all Floridians eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also, the FDA has authorized an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to 16-and 17-year olds who have a parent or legal guardian present. Appropriate documentation will be required.”

    Appointments can be made online at:

  • Parrish Healthcare: vaccine.parrishmed.com
  • Health First: HF.org/staywell (Register now for Vaccine Interest List and we will reach out to community members directly next week to schedule an appointment. Direct scheduling will open Tuesday.)

    More information on Brevard hospital systems’ COVID-19 vaccination programs can be found by visiting either Health First’s web site at hf.org, or Parrish Healthcare’s web site at parrishhealthcare.com.

    Additional information about vaccination sites throughout the state is also available through the Florida Department of Health, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.


    Zumpano Patricios and UBS Co-Presenting Sponsors for Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Golf Classic on April 16

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Mar. 25, 2021)—Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) has announced the law firm of Zumpano Patricios and the Indian River Wealth Management Group at UBS Wealth Management USA as co-presenting sponsors for the annual Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 16.

    More than 220 golfers are expected to play in the two-course tournament with all proceeds benefiting The Children’s Center (TCC), a service of Parrish Healthcare, and one-stop childhood development resource center. TCC provides a safe and healing environment for special needs and/or typically developing children to learn and grow, along with an array of health, education and human services under one roof.

    “It is gratifying to know that our contribution is helping advance the critical work of TCC, and that future generations of children in North Brevard will have access to the programs and services necessary to support them in reaching their fullest potential during their most important developmental years of life,” stated Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios. “Zumpano Patricios is honored to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for the seventh year as presenting sponsor of the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic.”

    “We believe that supporting TCC and its mission is critical during this time of prolonged economic and emotional stress which can be especially challenging for kids,” said Susan Morse, a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at UBS Wealth Management USA. “TCC is an important asset in the community.”

    “We are deeply grateful to Zumpano Patricios and UBS for their generosity and support of our Foundation and of our Children’s Center,” said Natalie Sellers, Executive Director, Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Healthcare Senior Vice President, Communication, Community and Corporate Services. “It is through philanthropic partnerships like that of Zumpano Patricios and UBS that we are able to continue to extend the reach of our vision: Healing Families—Healing Communities®.”

    Tournament players can choose between two golf courses – the Ron Garl and Lee Trevino-designed La Cita Golf & Country Club nestled amongst 100-year old oak trees or The Great Outdoors with the beautiful natural environment of the St. Johns wildlife refuge.

    Course selection is first-come, first-choice with paid registration. The tournament format will be a four-player scramble with assigned tee times and fun contests, including a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize when purchasing a raffle ticket for $20. The ticket drawing will be held immediately following the event. Raffle participants need not be present to win.

    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 his longtime dedication to our community and 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 include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Vaneesha Greco, Leigh Spradling, Kristina Weaver, Jeff Riley and Suzanne Yarbrough.

    The foundation welcomes all businesses and organizations to participate and support the event. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500.

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

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    About Zumpano Patricios
    Zumpano Patricios is a full service law firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida. The law firm has offices in Chicago (Zumpano Patricios & Bresnahan, LLC), and Salt Lake City (Zumpano Patricios & Helsten). The firm also has 20 satellite offices located around the world. Zumpano Patricios 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 healthcare 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 Zumpano Patricios are entrepreneurially focused and endeavor to provide their clients with counsel and experience to meet their needs. Zumpano Patricios 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.

    About UBS Global Wealth Management
    As one of the world's largest wealth managers, UBS Global Wealth Management provides comprehensive advice, solutions and services to wealthy families and individuals around the world. Clients who work with UBS benefit from a fully integrated set of wealth management capabilities and expertise, including wealth planning, investment management, capital markets, banking, lending and institutional and corporate financial advice.


    Parrish Healthcare Offers Breakthrough Sleep Apnea Treatment
    An implantable device replaces traditional CPAP mask

    TITUSVILLE, FL. (March 10, 2021) – Parrish Healthcare is among the first health systems in the state to offer Inspire, a breakthrough treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea patients unable to use or get benefit from the traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.

    Similar to a pace maker, the Inspire device is implanted under the skin and uses a remote control to synch your breathing while sleeping.

    Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation opens the airway during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn inspire on before bed and off when they wake up.

    The Inspire system consists of a stimulation lead and a breathing sensor, powered by a small battery. The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. Most patients return home the same day and take over-the-counter pain medications as needed.

    “Parrish Healthcare is proud to be Brevard County’s leader in sleep medicine with the innovative therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, Inspire. Inspire fills the gap needed for management of obstructive sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP. This new treatment will improve the quality of life for many patients in our community” says Parrish Sleep Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Rivera-Morales MD.

    Inspire therapy is for patients who can’t tolerate or get consistent benefit from traditional CPAP therapy, however the line of treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, according to Dr. Rivera-Morales. The CPAP system takes air from the room and humidifies the air that blows into the mouth and/or nose of the patient through a hose and face mask. That continuous air keeps the airway open to prevent snoring and trouble sleeping. Patients must first fail on CPAP before sleep doctors consider them for Inspire.

    The inspire sleep apnea treatment is the latest advancement offered as a part of Parrish Healthcare’s sleep medicine services. Other services include consultations with sleep physicians, sleep coaching, mask fitting, oxygen testing and narcolepsy testing. For more information and to learn if the Inspire treatment may be right for you, call 321-268-6408 or visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/InspireSleep.


    Parrish Healthcare and Orlando Health Bring Specialized Pediatric Care to Brevard County

    -Orlando Health pediatric specialists will care for newborns, hospitalized children and serve families at The Children’s Center-

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 8, 2021)— Parrish Healthcare and Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children have formed a collaborative agreement to bring Orlando Health-employed pediatric specialists to Parrish Healthcare. The agreement includes a pediatric hospitalist program as well as an outpatient children’s multispecialty center.

    Orlando Health Arnold Palmer physicians will provide in-hospital care to babies born at Parrish Medical Center (PMC) as well as all other hospitalized pediatric patients. The pediatric hospitalists stay in close communication with the families’ primary pediatrician and once released to go home, the pediatric specialists will continue to follow up with the families’ primary pediatrician to assure a safe transition to home.

    “We believe in bringing together the best and brightest for a common purpose and in this case it is to provide the families we serve with convenient access to highly-specialized pediatric care close to home,” said George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare president & CEO.

    “We are thrilled to partner with Parrish Medical Center to bring our pediatric services to Brevard County,” said Cary D’Ortona, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. “Our team is eager to help expand the great care already being provided in this community.”

    Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Multispecialty Care at The Children’s Center

    Additionally, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer will establish a pediatric multispecialty care center at The Children’s Center, a service of Parrish Healthcare, located at 5660 S. Washington Avenue (U.S. Highway 1) in Titusville. The center will specialize in child cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology, neurology, and pulmonology conditions.

    The Children’s Center is a one-stop childhood development resource center, providing an array of health, education and human services through many nonprofit community agencies for children of all ages and abilities and their families.

    Pediatric patients throughout the county with serious heart, lung and other conditions can see Orlando Health pediatric specialists and subspecialists and other healthcare professionals at the center in Titusville.

    “Through this arrangement, Orlando Health is a member of the Parrish Healthcare nationally certified integrated care system,” said Mikitarian. “Parrish Healthcare is a collaborative system whereby all members work together for the patients in our care in a proven way parents can trust.”

    “Our primary care pediatricians saw this as a twofold advantage: first, they could spend more time at their offices serving patients and not have to be continually traveling to and from the hospital,”Mikitarian added. “They also are able to collaborate with Orlando Health specialists, and vice-versa.”

    “Parents shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience,” said D’Ortona. “Thanks to this partnership with Parrish, families in Brevard County can receive the highest level of care close to home.” The relationship also gives Parrish Healthcare access to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer pediatric-focused patient education and professional continuing education.

    “PMC’s vision is ‘healing families, healing communities’” said Mikitarian. “Working with Orlando Health further fulfills that vision, and we’re excited about what the future holds.”

    About Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
    Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 156-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Orlando Health Arnold Palmer provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area, and is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.


    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Students Pursuing Career in Healthcare

    TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 1, 2021) —Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) and Parrish Medical Center (PMC) Auxiliary are now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a medical or healthcare field. The organizations have combined their scholarship programs and will announce scholarship recipients in May 2021.

    Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area. Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the human health/medical field are also eligible to apply. 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 and have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average. Graduate students are not eligible.

    High school students who attend Astronaut High School, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School and Titusville High School may obtain an application from the Guidance Office at their school. Others may obtain an application by calling the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or by visiting www.parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 5, 2021











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