Parrish Medical Center
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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 more than 60 years.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 is a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner, is North Brevard's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists. Our physicians are specialized in many areas of medicine and together, have one common goal - to provide coordinated, comprehensive healthcare to our patients. Our physicians recently joined together to better serve patients from Rockledge to Titusville. In practice as independent physicians for many years, the new Parrish Medical Group represents Family Practice and Internal Medicine along with 13 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.
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About Parrish Senior Solutions
A service of Parrish Medical Center, Parrish Senior Solutions, 805-A Century Medical Drive, Titusville, Fla., assists seniors and caregivers (spouse, children, family member or friend) with finding the services and information they need. Geriatric patients and their caregivers will find information about support services, educational materials, and information about health concerns and community resources. It also serves as a lifeline to long-distance caregivers—children who do not live in the area but want to ensure their parents and loved ones have the services and support they need.
About the A.W.A.K.E. Support Group
The A.W.A.K.E. support group is part of a national network of voluntary support groups affiliated with the American Sleep Apnea Association. The ASAA, founded in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of sleep apnea, works for continuing improvements in treatments for this serious disease, and advocates for the interests of sleep apnea patients. The ASAA is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research, and continuous improvement of care.
About Mayo Clinic
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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 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 .
Titusville Fire Department Raises Awareness and Funds in Support of Parrish Medical Center's Cancer Care ProgramTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Nov. 22, 2019) —Titusville's Fire Department presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with $3,000 in support of cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).
During the month of October, as part of nationwide and local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, Titusville's Fire Department showed their support by going pink for the cause. Department members sold and wore pink-themed T-shirts in October in place of their uniform shirts in observance of breast cancer awareness month.
For the fifth year, Titusville Fire has generously given back to JPMF and supported PMC's cancer care program. "Giving back to the community is gratifying for the department," said Gregory Sutton, battalion chief. "To know that we are personally making a difference in the lives of those in our community that need the vital services provided by PMC's cancer care program means so much. We look forward to developing bigger and better ways to increase awareness and our fundraising efforts as we help advance the great work Parrish is doing to provide healing care for those dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Adam and Tiffany at Printboy, our local printer, and everyone that purchased T-shirts helped make this donation possible. We are grateful for the enormous support we have received from the community."
Sutton and members from the Department presented the check to Marsha Richardson, PMC director of oncology services; Tanya Abreu, executive director, JPMF; and Jessie Kirk JPMF board chair.
"Jess Parrish Medical Foundation is proud of our unique community partnership with Titusville Fire Department to fight breast cancer in North Brevard. They have been unwavering in their commitment to help advance PMC's vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities¨," said Abreu.
As a breast health navigator, I have witnessed first-hand the impact Parrish's cancer care program has on the patients and families we serve," stated Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator. "We are grateful to Titusville Fire Department for their generous gift and continued support in the fight against breast cancer. They are a shining example of how our community is stronger when working together. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families throughout their cancer journey."
For more information, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.
Parrish Healthcare offers region's first men's reproductive health programTITUSVILLE, FLA. (November 19, 2019)—Parrish Medical Group (PMG) in Titusville has established the region's only medical practice focusing on men's reproductive health.
Prostate health, male fertility, vasectomy reversal, erectile dysfunction, and incontinence are treated at PMG by Dr. Mark Licht, a board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist.
Dr. Licht says that men's urology issues are very common, but most men avoid talking about them, and worse, hesitate or fail to seek treatment.
"I want every man to know that most male urology problems are almost always treatable," says Dr. Licht. "The reason I focus on this area of medicine is seeing men who thought there was no hope, or no chance for improvement or recovery feel as if they have been given a new life."
Patients are traveling from Miami, Jacksonville, and other Florida communities to seek treatment from Dr. Licht. One patient, from Boca Raton, says Dr. Licht is a life-changer.
"Dr. Licht enabled me to get my confidence back as a man," the patient said. "I traveled to see Dr. Licht from Boca and I am so glad I did."
Dr. Licht received his medical education and specialty training at Columbia University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Mayo Clinic, regularly ranked at or near the top among American's health care providers by U.S. News & World Best Hospital list and other ratings organizations. Parrish Medical Center is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
"These important clinical services for men, provided by a physician who is an acknowledged medical authority in these areas, comes out of our continuing assessment of community needs," says George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare President and CEO. "It's another component of Parrish Healthcare's integrated care program that provides healing experiences for everyone all the time."
An estimated 30 million men in the U.S. suffer from prostate conditions that if left untreated can become major health issues. In the U.S., one in five men is diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men.
Approximately 50% of men experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, and another 10% deal with bladder control issues. About 9% of men in the United States struggle with infertility.
Dr. Licht is recognized as an expert on men's urology and microsurgery and is invited to speak regularly at conferences nationally and internationally. Among the professional acknowledgements Dr. Licht has earned are Most Recommended Physicians in Florida in 2011, Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors in 2001-2016, and Top Doctors in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
Dr. Licht and Parrish Medical Group are accepting new patients. Dr. Licht is located at 825 Century Medical Drive, Suite B in Titusville.
To schedule an appointment, call (321) 268-6216. Hear from Dr. Licht in the Daily Two video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ova6shGAQ.
Parrish Medical Center designated a Breast Imaging Center of ExcellenceTITUSVILLE, FL (October 16, 2019) — Parrish Healthcare is marking 10 years as an accredited breast imaging center of excellence, a decade in which more than 92,000 women have received the "highest level of image quality and safety," according to the nation's premier imaging accrediting organization.
In 2009, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) first earned American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation. Today the earned accreditation is in the name of Parrish Healthcare, an integrated care organization that includes PMC, Parrish Medical Group physicians, Parrish Healthcare diagnostic centers, and other health care providers working together to ensure well-coordinated, unified patient care.
"The difference between talking about imaging excellence and proving it is a great deal of hard work by professionals with one objective: protecting the health of patients," said Drew Waterman, Vice President of Ambulatory Services. "ACR accreditation is hard to achieve. The standards are high, and they should be high.
"Accreditation is a voluntary program, and we challenged ourselves to achieve that goal," Waterman said. "To earn accreditation for 10 straight years is important to us in that imaging patients derive the greatest benefit from a center of excellence."
ACR accreditation is achieved only by breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in "all the college's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program," the ACR says on its website.
The accreditation process includes peer-review evaluations by imaging experts who are board-certified physicians and medical physicists. The accreditation evaluation saw Parrish Healthcare achieve high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
"Parrish Healthcare is proud to be one of only two breast imaging centers in Brevard County to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and the only one in north Brevard," Waterman said.
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.
PARRISH HEALTHCARE LEADS NORTH BREVARD COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTCommunity Health Partners collaborate to address North Brevard Health Needs
Space Coast, FL (Oct. 4, 2019) — Parrish Medical Center | Parrish Healthcare Board of Directors, during a special meeting of the Board of Directors held on Monday, Sept. 23, approved the 2019-2021 North Brevard County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and recommended health needs prioritization. Parrish Healthcare engaged Professional Research Consultants (PRC), national experts, to conduct the needs assessment effort for North Brevard.
"A Community Health Needs Assessment is a systematic, data-driven approach used to study the health status, behaviors and needs of residents served by Parrish Healthcare," said Parrish Medical Center President /CEO George Mikitarian.
"Through the Community Health Needs Assessment, Parrish Healthcare's leadership are able to make informed decisions about resource allocation and strategic priorities to address and/or to close healthcare gaps, while fulfilling our mission, vision and values on behalf of the communities we have the honor to serve," added Mikitarian.
A random sample of 300 north Brevard residents and 75 members of Parrish Healthcare's Community Health Partnership participated in the needs assessment and prioritization of unmet needs process. The Community Health Partnership represents a diverse cross-section of the county's health and human services, social services, civic and faith-based organizations, among other community stakeholders.
The following represent the top 10 priorities approved to be developed into a three-year implementation plan:
In addition to providing safe and high quality care to the community, Parrish Medical Center also provides more than $30 million annually in community benefit investment including uncompensated and charity care.
For details and a complete copy of the North Brevard Community Health Needs Assessment, visit www.parrishhealthcare.com/communitybenefit.
Parrish Medical Center Board Votes No Taxes for 25th year in a RowBrevard's most nationally recognized hospital for quality, safety and experience
TITUSVILLE, FL (Oct.3, 2019)—For the 25th 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. 23 to establish the millage rate and budget for fiscal year 2020.
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 25 years chosen 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 best in clinical care, patient safety and patient experience," said PMC Board Chairman Herman A. Cole, Jr. "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 Cole.
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Parrish Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Re-certified by The Joint CommissionPMC recognized for continuous stroke treatment excellence
SPACE COAST, FLA (Sept. 27, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark 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."
"We congratulate Parrish Medical Center for this outstanding achievement," says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart/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 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 2019, resulted in the latest recertification.
Effective July 1, 2019, Senate Bill 1460 mandates 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.
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Parrish Medical Center is Healing in Every SenseMusic appeals to the senses and research shows it plays a part in healing
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 16, 2019)—"A growing body of research attests that music therapy is more than a nice perk. It can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways," according to Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch.
Understanding and believing in music's healing affects, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has made music a regular part of its healing environment for nearly two decades. Live weekly music performances 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 the PMC Auxiliary, 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 PMC Vice President, Communications, Community and Corporate Services Natalie Sellers.
"We have hosted the Brevard Symphony Orchestra small groups, volunteer pianists and other musicians," Sellers said. "We also have witnessed couples dancing in the atrium, people singing along to a familiar song, or simply listening and enjoying the respite the music provides."
Healing Experiences For Everyone All The Time® is PMC's mission and the system has served to fulfill that mission in part by the evidence-based healing environment it has designed and created for the people and community served. To view PMC's weekly music schedule visit, parrishhealthcare.com/musicschedule. If you are interested in being a volunteer musician please contact 321-268-6110.
Federal Judge has ordered a summary judgment finding in favor of Parrish Medical Center (PMC)FLORIDA (September 11, 2019) – In a decision with potential implications for hospitals nationwide, a Federal Judge has ordered a summary judgment finding in favor of Parrish Medical Center (PMC) in a lawsuit brought against PMC by seven oncology physicians whose credentials were not renewed after they failed to provide, or cause to be provided, PMC with patient-centered data.
The Court's published opinion, released August 22, clarifies that hospital bylaws may "...allow issues outside the realm of clinical competence to be considered when evaluating a staff member's reappointment application," citing its February 24 order denying the physicians' motion for preliminary injunctive relief.
"This ruling has implications nationally in favor of hospitals seeking data from physicians applicable to their quality of care initiatives for the benefit of patients," said Joe Zumpano, who along with law partner Leon Patricios of Zumpano Patricios, handled the matter. "This is one of the largest instances of physician privileges' non-renewal of which we are aware.
"PMC CEO Dr. George Mikitarian and the Parrish Medical Center Board of Directors should be credited for the successful efforts regarding the matter," Zumpano said.
In his order, U.S. District Court Judge Roy B. Dalton noted, with respect to the case brought by the seven physicians affiliated with Health First - and who had privileges at PMC - "...at bottom, this dispute revolves around the thinly veiled effort of Health First to flex its muscle in the long running, heavily litigated, 'scorched earth' turf war for Brevard County's health care business."
The seven physicians "...have been employed as foot soldiers in the intractable hostilities," the Judge said.
"Whether Health First has any concern for the reputation of their employee physicians, or the unfettered delivery of health care services to Brevard County citizens, or simply disregards this as unfortunate but necessary collateral damage is unclear.
No sacrifice is too great when it's not yours," Judge Dalton wrote.
"The patient-centered data PMC sought from the seven physicians was essential for the hospital's quality improvement initiatives," said Chris McAlpine, PMC senior vice president.
"Information timely provided is important in any environment, and particularly in health care," Zumpano said.
"Hospital quality initiatives matter and no one should be exempt from doing their part to contribute the appropriate supporting data," Zumpano said. "We live in an age where patient-centered data and hospital quality initiatives are inextricably tied to patient well-being. That Parrish Medical Center's Board, CEO and managed care officers, stood firm for that principle - despite the fierce opposition faced from other interests - is both inspiring and comforting to our community."
The summary judgment was granted in PMC's favor on all claims brought by the physicians - for violation of procedural due process, breach of Bylaws, and violation of substantive due process.
In ruling for PMC on the procedural due process claim, the Court held that through the hearing process provided by PMC, followed by plaintiffs exhausting the appeal process, the seven physicians received, "the full panoply of due process protections," citing the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals standard on such legal issues.
The physicians alleged that in the case of their privileges non-renewal, hospital bylaws had been breached. However, the Court found that PMC was entitled to invoke statutory immunity, given that PMC's bylaws allow consideration of issues outside of clinical competence when evaluating physician reappointment.
The Court also found that Dr. Mikitarian's representations to the PMC Board, that PMC had requested the data, were truthful and supported.
Wrote the judge, "...all Plaintiffs admitted in their depositions that they had been informed and/or asked about Health First providing PMC data for accreditation purposes before the December Board Meeting." The Court further ruled that Dr. Mikitarian's statements that PMC's accreditation was in jeopardy (due to the missing data) were also accurate.
PMC asserted that the patient-centered data was necessary for the re-accreditation process with the Commission on Cancer (CoC): "...PMC fought tooth and nail to gain re-accreditation and succeeded despite this missing data. PMC worked with the CoC's surveyor to brainstorm and create workarounds to get at this missing data from another angle, via records it could obtain," the opinion stated.
The Court further complimented PMC for its tenacity and perseverance in obtaining its re-accreditation despite the lack of the patient-centered data.
"Plaintiffs' evidence shows that PMC didn't take no for an answer and still endeavored to obtain accreditation. But PMC's success does not mean the refusal to provide data didn't undermine and obstruct this process," the Judge wrote.
Finally, the Court ruled in PMC's favor in that the hospital satisfied substantive due process principles in its decision to not renew the physicians' privileges. The Court found that PMC's grounds for denial of the renewal of privileges were "reasonably related to the operation of the hospital," "fairly administered," "geared by a rationale compatible with hospital responsibility," and relevant to the seven physicians' applications for the renewal of the privileges.
"I want to congratulate George Mikitarian, Chris McAlpine, Joe Zumpano and Leon Patricios for this great outcome," said Herman Cole, PMC board chairman.
The federal district court order can be read here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sgivu2t3nw52tw7/Parrish%20Order.pdf?dl=0
The Law360 article on this case can be read here: https://www.law360.com/articles/1191907/fla-health-system-scolded-as-its-docs-lose-privilege-fight}
Hurricane Dorian Update | Urgent Care Center and Outpatient Service OperationsTITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 4, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) sustained no structural damage and maintained normal operations throughout the storm event. Parrish Healthcare outpatient services are resuming normal operations.
Parrish Health & Fitness Center – A/C is down and being addressed. Center is expected to resume normal operations no later than Saturday, Sept. 6. Members will be notified.
Hurricane Dorian UpdateTITUSVILLE, FLA. (September 3, 2019)—For the safety of patients, their families, and care partners (employees, medical staff, and volunteers), the following Parrish Healthcare offices and services are closed and will remain closed through the duration of Hurricane Dorian. Offices will re-open as soon as possible post storm event. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. Follow along at parrishhealthcare.com for more updates:
Parrish Medical Center (PMC) initiated hurricane preparedness procedures well in advance of Hurricane Dorian's approach to Brevard County, and the hospital's emergency response plan is now fully in effect with Brevard County's announcement of mandatory evacuations; school and government office closings; and the planned opening of hurricane shelters. Following are frequently asked questions and answers. This list will be updated regularly and posted on the hospital's Internet at www.parrishhealthcare.com.
|2019 Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship Award winner Emily Hurley (third from left) is shown with (L-R) Edwin Loftin, PMC senior vice president of Integrated and Acute Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Herman Cole, chairman of the PMC Board of Directors and Alex Gutierrez, director Community and Corporate Education.|
Hurley is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at Eastern Florida State College. "I am looking forward to pursuing a career as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and continuing to grow by obtaining a higher level of education. Helping patients through the most difficult time in their lives and providing them compassion and respect as they heal in their plan of care is what drives me to be a better nurse," stated Hurley. "I am sincerely grateful to Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for awarding me this scholarship."
"Emily has distinguished herself through community service, impeccable detail with patient care, an uncompromised work ethic and constant pursuit of excellence as a RN and especially in the nurse oncology field," said Alexandra Gutierrez, director of community and corporate education at Parrish Medical Center. "I am confident that Emily will grow from the education she will be afforded from the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship, and will continue to give back to our community through her healing work."
For more information, please contact Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.
The physicals and EKGs will be held at Parrish Healthcare Center located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway in Port St. John.
Parrish Healthcare is a proud sponsor of Who We Play For and believes in eliminating preventable sudden cardiac death in the young through affordable heart screenings.
All proceeds will be donated to the student athlete's school. Only cash and check payments will be accepted.
"This is an opportunity to ensure our young people are physically able to participate in sports for the upcoming school year," said Dr. Allotta. "If an individual has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports and other activities, we can identify that early on. I'm excited to be further involved in the community and keep our youth healthy."
Student athletes must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We also ask that the students wear a T-shirt and shorts. Please call 321-433-2247 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events for more information.
This year's scholarship winners are, from Astronaut High School: Gabrielle Maggard; from Titusville High School: Emily Mezni; and from Space Coast Junior/Senior High School: Madelyne Andrade-Rodriguez.
The scholarship was established by Lyn Cline in loving memory of her daughter, Hannah. Hannah ended her young life through suicide in January 2015.
Out of tragedy came the inspiration to form Hannah's Heroes - a non-profit 501(c) (3) grassroots organization with a passionate mission to draw attention to the struggling youth population and to prevent future losses.
"This scholarship honors Hannah and offers the opportunity to deserving students to further their educational dreams in mental health care and start the conversation with future generations," said Lyn Cline.
Initial funding for the scholarship was made possible by the Pilot Club of Titusville. Proceeds from the club's Pretty Woman Goes to Italy fashion show supported Hannah's Heroes and their mission of helping youth mental health in Brevard County.
JPMF's partnership with Hannah's Heroes in awarding the Hannah Cline Memorial Scholarship brings a focused collaboration to the mental health priority of both organizations in North Brevard. The two organizations joined forces to implement Sources of Strength, an evidence-based teen health and wellness program focused on preventing suicide, bullying, substance abuse and self-harm, in all five North Brevard area middle and high schools.
Since the program inception in 2015, more than 350 peer leaders and adult advisors have been leveraging their social influence and leadership talents to spread strength-based messages across each of the schools.
The 2019 scholarship recipients were instrumental in the Sources of Strength program and were peer leaders at their respective high schools. For more information about JPMF, call 321-269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com. Contact Hannah's Heroes at www.hannahs-heroes.org/.
The event is free, but space is limited. Dinner will be served. For more information, and to preregister, call 321-268-6156 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (June 10, 2019)— Parrish Medical Center volunteers have logged more than 2.6 million hours to help, share and give back to our community since 1959. We invite you to join these dedicated and compassionate individuals devoting time and talent to working with patients, their families and hospital care partners.
Auxiliary membership is open to all with a sincere interest in community service and in helping PMC fulfill its mission, vision and values on behalf of the community served.
In addition to adult volunteer opportunities, the Auxiliary also has volunteer opportunities for teens, ages 15-19.
PMC's Auxiliary care partners, through their volunteerism and the revenue generated by the operation of the Pink Angel Gift Shop as well as other fundraising activities, have made meaningful differences in the lives of many people in the community. They serve as helping hands and as compassionate companions to patients in a time of need, award scholarships to area students pursuing higher education and careers in healthcare and contribute to childhood development programs and services, among many other contributions.
"Being an Auxilian at Parrish Medical Center is not only rewarding, it's fun," said Martha Larchar, Auxiliary vice president. "We are honored to donate our time, and fortunate to be able to share our talents, make new friends and grow our skills with others in our community."
For volunteer opportunities visit parrishhealthcare.com/volunteer or call 321-268-6333 ext. 7182.
Parrish Medical Group's Dr. Anthony Allotta administers a physical to a local student athlete.
In joining the Who We Play For program, the Parrish Medical Group Athletic Training Program within the Parrish Healthcare Network will provide more student athletes with access to affordable athletic physicals and electrocardiogram testing in the North Brevard community.
"This is an opportunity to ensure our young people are physically able to participate in sports for the upcoming school year," said PMG physician Anthony Allotta, DO. "If an individual has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit his or her participation in sports and other activities, we can identify that early on."
PMG's Athletic Training Program includes certified and licensed athletic trainers and physicians. Please call 321-433-2247 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events for more information.
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 31, 2019) - Parrish Medical Center announces the addition of the first FDA-approved Axumin labeled Positron Emission Topography (PET) imaging agent that has the ability to detect local or distant recurrence with a single PET/CT scan. For men with suspected prostate recurrence, based on elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood levels following prior treatment, Axumin has the ability to locate cancer at the cellular level. This advancement in imaging may assist with earlier detection and localization resulting in a change in treatment management.
"This test allows us to detect recurrent or metastatic cancer earlier so that we can use newer, effective therapies earlier and improve patient outcomes," said Parrish Healthcare Urologist Mark R. Licht, MD.
Over 30% of men treated for primary prostate cancer will experience biochemical recurrence within 10 years1. Of those men, over 30% will develop metastatic disease within 8 years1. The most commonly used imaging procedures have low detection rates, may not detect small tumors less than 1 cm in size or when PSA levels are less than 10 ng/ml, are difficult for everyday use and may require multiple scans to evaluate. The safety and efficacy of this injected diagnostic agent was confirmed in a retrospective multicenter study, showing that in patients with histological confirmation of extraprostatic disease (clinically localized prostate cancer), the scan correctly identified the lesion in over 90% of the cases2.
"Axumin is advancing the way we detect and treat prostate cancer," said Parrish Cancer Center/OMNI Healthcare Oncologist Craig K. Deligdish, MD. "We're excited to provide this service to Brevard County and to provide more effective treatment that can increase survival rates."
PMC offers this PET/CT with Axumin scan Monday-Friday. For more information or to schedule your appointment with a physician order, please call 321-268-6150.
1 Bruce JY, Lang JM, McNeel DG, Liu G. Current controversies in the management of biochemical failure in prostate cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2012;10(11):716-722.
2 Bach-Gansmo T, Nanni C, Nieh PT, et al. Multisite Experience of the Safety, Detection Rate and Diagnostic Performance of Fluciclovine (18F) Positron Emission Tomography/Computerized Tomography Imaging in the Staging of Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer. J Urol. 2017;197:676-683.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade to hospitals across the country twice a year based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
"I am incredibly proud of the impeccable safety record achieved by our talented and dedicated team of care partners," said George Mikitarian, President/CEO, Parrish Medical Center. "Patients at Parrish Medical Center are being cared for in one of the safest hospitals in the nation."
"To be recognized nationally as an 'A' hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an 'A' grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A."
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see Parrish Medical Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association (BIMDA), generous donor to the JPMF scholarship program, is dedicated to supporting future generations of healthcare professionals. BIMDA committed funds through 2021 allowing for additional scholarships to be awarded annually.
"BIMDA is honored to play a role in supporting the educational dreams of our future healthcare professionals," said Glad Kurian, honorary executive director. "The entire community benefits when we invest in the future of our healthcare." Thanks to BIMDA's support, three students were each awarded an additional $1,000 scholarship.
This year's scholarship winners include, from Astronaut High School, Briana Bellamy, Sarah Curtis, Gabrielle Maggard and Carson Marsh. Titusville High School recipients include Madison Barbour, Joshalyn Butler, Trevor Denson, Morgan Duncan, Ethan Gerwig, Gabriella Lloyd, Manaiya Parnell, Lauren Pataky, and Morgan Robinson.
College students awarded scholarships include Eboni Arnold, University of Miami; Jessica O'Bryan and Lisa Patel, University of South Florida; Allison Hilton, Jessica Matteson, Abby Recicar and Makayla Rymkos, University of Central Florida; Tran Tram-Anh, University of Florida; and Shannon Washington from Bethel University.
Scholarship committee chair Bill Terry 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.
"All of our recipients are exceptional and we look to them to lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare. We are delighted to be able to award our scholarships to such accomplished and deserving students," said Terry. "I would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to BIMDA, and to Barbara and Terry Terhune for their generous sponsorship of $1,000 toward the scholarship fund which allowed for additional students to be awarded."
Committee members include Delores Abraham; Santi Bulnes; Deborah Cox; Dot Hudson; Terry Lee; Bill McCarthy; Josh Norris; Howard Rinker, DDS; Philip Simpson, PhD; and Barbara Terhune.
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.
The event is free, but space is limited. Brunch will be served. For more information, and to preregister, call 321-268-6156 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
We cannot prevent natural disasters, but we can prepare ourselves with knowledge and the tools needed to protect ourselves and families. Join us to learn more.
The 18-hole scramble was presented by the law firm of Zumpano Patricios and raised nearly $60,000 for The Children's Center (TCC) in Titusville. Tournament participants enjoyed themed beverages on par-3 holes along with games of chance to enhance their team score.
TCC is a service of Parrish Healthcare and one-stop childhood development resource center providing an array of health, education and human services under one roof for families with special needs and typically developing children of all ages and abilities and their families.
"It has been our honor and privilege to once again be the presenting sponsor of this important and outstanding event," said Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios. "We are honored to continue our tradition of supporting the children and families in Brevard County that benefit from the crucial programs and services provided at The Children's Center." The annual golf tournament lives on as a tribute to Fran Gerrett's longtime dedication to our community and his favorite charity. Fran, a former Parrish Medical Center Materials Management director, was famous for saying, "It's all about the kids!"
"We are grateful for the support of the players, volunteers, course partners—The Great Outdoors and La Cita—and everyone that contributes to the success of this annual event. The tournament allows our family to keep our father's spirit alive. He would be so incredibly happy to see the great team work and the amount of money the event raises each year to support "the kids," said Amy Craddock and Leigh Spradling, Fran's daughters and golf committee members.
More than 50 sponsorships were secured by the committee from numerous community members and organizations. RUSH Construction, Inc. was the event gold sponsor. Silver sponsors were Pearson Doyle Mohre & Pastis LLP and The Watauga Company. Bronze sponsors included Anderson Financial Partners, Inc.; Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Coastal Ambulance Services; DECO, LLC; Medfast Urgent Care Centers; Medline Industries, Inc.; Regions Bank; N. Christine Sylvester; and Bill and Rachel Terry. The lunch sponsor was Firehouse Subs at Titus Landing.
"Our sincerest thanks go out to the sponsors who helped make this event possible. We could not do this without their partnerships," said tournament co-chair Kathy Myer.
Taking home top honors were the men's first-place teams of Jason Snodgrass, Don Welk, Greg Kiser and Tim Fields at La Cita Golf & Country Club and Shane Willey, Cody Khork, Drew Burns and Devin Bujnovsky at The Great Outdoors. The mixed first-place teams included players Herman Cole, Joyce Cole, Ron Jamison and Tom Erdely at La Cita and Tish Holley, Jason Holley, John Palmer and Billy Dorton at The Great Outdoors. The foursome of Kathy Myer, Evelyn MacDonald, Jeanne O'Bryan and Claire Charron took top women's team honors at La Cita.
The golf classic is organized by community leaders and volunteers. The committee was led by event co-chairs Kathy Myer and Greg Sparkman. Other members of the golf committee include Santi Bulnes, Amy Craddock, Anita Currie, Lori Duester, Leigh Spradling and Suzanne Yarbrough.
For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, please call (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com.
Dr. Licht completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University and his medical degree at the University of Rochester. He then finished his urology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio and neuro-urology and andrology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Having presented on topics relating to urology and holding positions in a variety of practice and incontinence committees, Dr. Licht is an active community leader. He has been awarded various honors during his professional career, including, Most Recommended Physicians in Florida in 2011, Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors in 2001-2016 and Top Doctors in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
Dr. Licht is interested in building a high-quality and comprehensive urology program in Titusville. He believes in delivering world-class urology treatments in a loving and caring environment for every patient.
Parrish Medical Group and Dr. Licht are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (321) 268-6216.
All proceeds will be donated to the student athlete's school. Only cash and check payments will be accepted.
Dr. Allotta and Parrish Medical Group athletic trainers are volunteering their time and expertise to benefit local schools.
"This is an opportunity to ensure our young people are physically able to participate in sports for the upcoming school year," said Dr. Allotta. "If an individual has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports and other activities, we can identify that early on."
Student athletes must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We also ask that the students wear a T-shirt and shorts. Please call 321-433-2247 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events for more information.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. For more information, and to preregister, call 321-268-6156 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
Stroke affects about 700,000 Americans each year. With the right care at the right time, many will survive. Pamela Tronetti, DO, AGSF, and the Medical Director of Parrish Senior Services, will talk about what you need to know about stroke symptoms, associated risks, prevention and treatment.
Under the direction of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, Circle of Giving 2018 has funded:
Parrish Medical Group Offers Discounted Sport Physicals to Local Boy ScoutsTITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 25, 2019)—Parrish Medical Group physicians Benjamin Nettleton, DO and Rhu-Jade Raguindin, MD are offering $10 sport physicals to local Boy Scouts on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The physicals will be held at Parrish Healthcare Center Suite 2500, located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway in Port St. John.
All proceeds made will be donated back to the Boy Scout Troops.
Dr. Nettleton and Dr. Raguindin are volunteering their time and expertise to benefit North Brevard County Boy Scout Troops. "This is an opportunity to ensure our young people are physically able to participate in scouting activities," said Dr. Nettleton. "If an individual has a physical condition that would prevent or prohibit their participation in sports and other activities, we can identify that early on."
No appointment is necessary. Scouts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please call 321-504-0556 for more information.
Parrish Medical Center Offers Free Community Presentation on Heart HealthTITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 22, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center is offering a free community health presentation about heart health with Biju Mathews, MD, medical director of Cardiovascular Services at Parrish Medical Center as part of its HealthBridge series. Your Heart Matters is scheduled Wednesday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m., at The Blue Heron, located at 137 Plantation Drive in Titusville.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. For more information, and to preregister, call 321-268-6156 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
Learn how our proven quality and safety track record in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of heart, lung and vascular disorders can play an important role in your overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Mathews presents on what to know about heart health, associated risks and cardiovascular services offered at Parrish Medical Center.
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Hosts Benefit Golf ClassicZumpano Patricios Returns as Presenting Sponsor
TITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 19, 2019)—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 12.
More than 200 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.
"Zumpano Patricios is honored to continue its tradition of supporting the Fran Gerrett Memorial Golf Classic as presenting sponsor again this year. We believe the Foundation's mission of providing healing experiences to families is fundamental to advancing the future of our youth, and it is our privilege to extend our financial support to the vital programs and services offered at The Children's Center," said Joseph I. Zumpano, managing shareholder at Zumpano Patricios.
Registration begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. 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 fun contests, including a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize when purchasing a raffle ticket for $20.
Participants need not be present to win. Winners will be announced immediately following the awards ceremony. The tournament is a fun-filled event which allows you to golf and give back at the same time.
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, Lori Duester, Leigh Spradling 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. Individual player costs are $85, which includes golf, lunch and dinner.
For more information about sponsorship packages or to purchase general admission and raffle tickets, please call Jess Parrish Medical Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit www.parrishmedfoundation.com/golf.
Parrish Medical Center Offers Free Community Presentation on Sleep and Your HeartTITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 18, 2018)—Parrish Medical Center is offering a free community health presentation about sleep and the essential role it plays in maintaining a healthy heart as part of its HealthBridge series. Sleep and Your Heart is scheduled Thursday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, located at 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. For more information, and to register, visit parrishhealthcare.com/events or call 321-268-6156.
People who don't sleep well are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease—regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. Join us to learn about the importance of sleep and the essential role it plays in your heart health. Kristina Weaver, NREMT-P, RPSGT, Parrish Sleep Center manager, will share information about how you can improve your sleep and your overall health.
Parrish Healthcare Welcomes Oncology Physician Patricia C. Deisler, MDTITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 14, 2019)—Parrish Healthcare welcomes Dr. Patricia Deisler, MD, as its newest board-certified physician at the Parrish Cancer Center, located at 845 Century Medical Drive, Suite B in Titusville.
Dr. Deisler is joining the existing team at Parrish Cancer Center, including Craig K. Deligdish, MD, board certified hematologist/oncologist; Cecil Robertson, MD, board certified hematologist/oncologist; Thomas F. Scheer, MD, FACRO board certified radiation oncologist; and Brian Bement, RTT, ASRT, ARRT, radiation therapist.
Dr. Deisler completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her medical degree at Weill Cornell School of Medicine in New York. She then finished her internal medicine residency at St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York and Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at Cornell University Medical College.
Dr. Deisler began and developed the Hematology-Oncology Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota. This clinic proved to be one of the most successful oncology practices in the area.
She is an active community leader, having presented on topics relating to cancer and holding positions in a variety of oncology committees such as co-director of the Mankato Clinic Breast Center and chairman of its tumor board.
Dr. Deisler believes in delivering world-class cancer treatments in a loving and caring environment for every patient.
Parrish Cancer Center and Dr. Deisler are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (321) 529-6202.
Parrish Healthcare has adopted athenahealth Population Health, a national population health management technology solution, to enhance its certified integrated care systemTITUSVILLE, FLA. (March 5, 2019)—Parrish Healthcare is proud to announce its strategic partnership with athenahealth, a leading provider of network-enabled services for hospital and ambulatory customers nationwide.
Population health management means being responsible for managing the overall health and well-being of a defined population, and being accountable for the health and well-being outcomes of that defined population.
With the powerful and patient-friendly technology of athenahealth, patients choosing to receive their care within Parrish Healthcare's nationally integrated care certified system will experience seamless connectivity to their physicians, other care partners, and to their health information.
As an industry-leader in interoperability, athenahealth connects Parrish Healthcare with its national network of more than 100,000 healthcare providers. The collective knowledge and information shared among this network achieves the best possible health outcomes for the people, families and populations served.
The technology also makes it possible for Parrish Healthcare to follow care seamlessly across settings—doctor's office, diagnostics, or hospital — with all of the relevant information needed to manage health outcomes in easy reach.
"athenahealth is another example of the kinds of strategic partnerships that have contributed to Parrish Healthcare being the nation's only certified integrated care system," said George Mikitarian, president and chief executive officer, Parrish Medical Center | Parrish Healthcare.
"Other strategic partnerships, of which we are proud, that benefit the health and wellness of the people (and populations) we serve include the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Nemours Children's Health System, DaVita Dialysis, OMNI Healthcare, among others," said Mikitarian.
Parrish Medical Center Offers Free Community Presentation on Nutrition and SleepTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 25, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center is offering a free community health presentation about nutrition, sleep and maintaining a healthy weight as part of its HealthBridge series during National Nutrition Month. The Dream Diet is scheduled Wednesday, March 28, from 5-7 p.m., at The Blue Heron, located at 137 Plantation Dr. in Titusville.
If you're trying to lose weight, the amount of sleep you get may be just as important as your diet and exercise. Evidence shows that sleep may be the missing factor for many people who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Join us to learn more.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. To preregister, call 321-268-6156 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
Titusville Fire Department Raises Funds and Awareness for Parrish Medical Center's Cancer Care ProgramTITUSVILLE, FLA. Feb. 22, 2019—Titusville's Fire and Emergency Services Department presented Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) with $1,300 in support of cancer care programs at Parrish Medical Center (PMC).
During the month of October, as part of nationwide and local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, Titusville's Fire and Emergency Services Department showed their support by going pink for the cause. Department members sold and wore pink-themed T-shirts in October in place of their uniform shirts in observance of breast cancer awareness month.
"For the fourth year, Titusville Fire is honored to be able to give back to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and support PMC's cancer care programs. We look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come," said Gregory Sutton, battalion chief. "Without the support of our local printer, Printboy, the community, and all those that purchased our breast cancer T-shirts, this would not be possible. Many of our members have family who have been affected by this terrible disease. Our job is more than running emergency calls, and it's a great feeling knowing the sale of that shirt, in some small way, helped someone dealing with breast cancer."
Sutton, and members from the department presented the check to Shannon Luker, PMC breast health navigator and oncology program coordinator; Marsha Richardson, PMC director of oncology services; and Misty Wilson, director, JPMF.
"We are grateful for the generous support and selfless commitment of our community partner, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, for their ongoing commitment to those we serve in North Brevard and in helping to advance PMC's vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®," said Wilson.
"A cancer diagnosis is a difficult time for patients and their families. A breast health navigator who works directly with patients to coordinate care, free supplies through our Cancer Care Boutique, and mammograms for underinsured or noninsured patients are just a few examples of the services available to cancer patients through our cancer care program," said Luker. "TFD's generous donation will help provide continued support for our patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. We are very thankful for this generous and heartfelt donation."
For more information, please contact JPMF at 321-269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com.
The Joint Commission awards integrated care recertification to Parrish Medical Center, nation's first - and only - to earn integrated care recognitionTITUSVILLE, FL (Feb. 20, 2019)— 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 were even tougher than the first time," said George Mikitarian, PMC and Parrish Healthcare president and CEO. "That Parrish Healthcare has received it for the second time is a tribute to the collaboration and commitment of our care partners," said Mikitarian. "Certification makes 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, and resources to achieve accreditation."
Parrish Healthcare's first certification was in 2016. The integrated care system created by PMC includes partners - such as Mayo Clinic and Nemours - that are independent of each other but work together within Parrish Healthcare with the goal of continuously improving patient care (Parrish Medical Center is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network).
"We're proud and humbled to have again accomplished this for our patients' benefit," said Mikitarian.
Parrish Medical Center Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Renewal RecognitionTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 12, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center was again awarded an American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education program.
Parrish Medical Center's diabetes self-management education program has been recognized since 1999. Recertification occurs every four years and recognizes the program continues to offer high-quality education as an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The certification program is voluntary and assures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.
Recognition means the program has a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
"The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," said Alexandra Gutierrez, PMC director of Community and Corporate Education. "It assures the consumer that he or she will receive high-quality service."
According to the ADA, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease.
Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications—heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation.
For more information about the PMC Diabetes Education and Nutrition Services, call 321-268-6699 or visit parrishhealthcare.com and click on Diabetes Education under the Services tab. Referrals are required.
Federal Court Rules in Favor of Parrish Medical Center, Against Seven Oncologists Who Sought Injunction to Restore Hospital Practice PrivilegesFebruary 6, 2019—A federal judge has ruled in favor of Parrish Medical Center (PMC) and against seven oncologists who sought an injunction to restore their privileges to practice at the Titusville hospital.
The seven physicians—Germaine Blaine, Cynthia Bryant, Juan Castro, Ashish Dalal, Firas Muwalla, Brendan Prendergast, and Richard Sprawls, had sought a preliminary injunction against PMC, claiming their due process rights had been denied and that PMC's bylaws were breached.
The court found that neither situation had occurred and denied the physicians' request. The ruling was issued Feb. 4, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. The dispute centered on the physicians' refusal to provide patient care data to PMC.
Having received what the court said was a "full panoply of due process protections," the seven physicians' privileges were not renewed by PMC due to the physicians' consistent failure to provide PMC with essential patient care data.
The court noted that "...PMC found that the Plaintiffs' failure to comply with PMC's request for patient data hindered the cancer program." This failure constituted "relevant considerations" for PMC.
The court cited the findings by the PMC Medical Staff Ad Hoc Committee that examined the physicians' failure to turn over the requested patient data.
The Court's Order cited that "the Ad Hoc Committee found that the Medical Executive Committee could rightfully recommend denial of Plaintiffs' reappointment applications," and that such "...decision could rightfully be upheld following a hearing before the Ad Hoc Committee, a review by the CEO, and ultimate disposition by the Board. And at this stage, the Court finds no fault in this course of action—rather, the Bylaws contemplate denial of reappointment on such grounds so long as the reappointment process is followed."
The court also noted that, "Each reviewing body at PMC found that Plaintiffs' failure to comply with PMC's request for patient data hindered the cancer program and the delivery of quality of patient care and could cause the loss of accreditation in the future," the court said.
The court's decision validated the actions taken to not renew the physicians' privileges, said Joseph Zumpano of Zumpano Patricios the Miami, Florida-based firm representing PMC.
"The court found that PMC's board of directors, and administration did the right things, the right way, according to policies, bylaws, and the law."
PMC has Brevard County's longest continually accredited program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). First accredited in 1989, PMC's is one of only two CoC-recognized programs in Brevard County.
The federal district court order can be read here: https://ecf.flmd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2018-00487-94-6-cv
Parrish Medical Center Recycles to Aid the Homeless in North BrevardTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 4, 2019)—Blue medical wraps used in Parrish Medical Center's operating rooms to cover and safeguard sterilized surgical instruments will find a second use in covering and safeguarding the homeless.
The water-resistant, heat-sustaining wraps shield surgical instruments after they are sterilized for operating room use. The wraps are removed prior to starting the procedure so they don't come in contact with patients in the operating room. Hospitals typically discard or recycle the wraps.
Pictured (left to right) North Brevard Charities Sharing Center's Lomika Hardy, Diane Patterson, Jonda Erwin, Joe Robinson; with Parrish Medical Center's; Sherry Pierce, CRNA, Rebecca Tipton, manager of Perioperative Services.
Sherry Pierce, CRNA, learned of a recycling project online from a medical center in Camden, New Jersey and brought the idea to Rebecca Tipton, manager of Perioperative Services. They realized there could be a better use for the excess medical equipment at Parrish Medical Center, too.
"I had seen the medical wraps could be converted for use by the homeless," Pierce said. "I thought about our hospital's vision, 'Healing Families-Healing Communities®.' It's another way for Parrish Medical Center care partners to live our vision."
A team of operating room care partners have volunteered to assemble and sew the wraps into mats, sleeping bags, pillows and drawstring travel bags. There's no set goal on quantities, but Tipton says, "The more the better." When the wraps are completed they will be donated to North Brevard Charities Sharing Center for their use in aiding the homeless.
"When Sherry presented the idea, the surgical team was immediately enthusiastic it," said Matt Graybill, director of Perioperative Services. "By helping to keep them warm and dry, these wraps will be a comfort to those in great need."
Tipton said that donating the wraps bring multiple benefits. The medical equipment is being reused instead of discarded. The recycled wraps provide comfort to those who will use them. This project gives Parrish Medical Center care partners another way to help people, which is why we work in healthcare.
Parrish Healthcare Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Next Steps™TITUSVILLE, FLA. (Feb. 1, 2019)— Parrish Healthcare is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Next Steps™ program with Parrish Health and Fitness Center. Next Steps™ is a specialized, eight-week fitness program helping people achieve their health and wellness goals while working to support any medical conditions they may have.
The program serves patients throughout Parrish Healthcare. Your primary care physician, specialist, or another healthcare professional in the hospital may refer you to the Next Steps™ program to manage and improve your medical condition or to help you achieve a more active lifestyle.
Once approved with your medical insurance, you may be qualified to enroll in the program for free. You'll undergo a health assessment in order to have fitness experts design your unique plan based on your goals.
The eight-week course includes a pre-assessment and two, 60-minute supervised group workout sessions per week. When you complete the program you will complete the post assessment to determine results and a summary report is available for you and your referring healthcare provider.
Parrish Health and Fitness Center will work with your healthcare provider to create a plan moving forward. The best option may be to implement the new skills you learned at home, or embark on a second session with Next Steps™.
"I have seen how this program has impacted many different people and changed their lives. Some participants have lost weight and regained confidences, while others have improved their stamina and energy to continue doing activities they love, like fishing and golf," said Tammy Shelley, fitness manager at Parrish Health and Fitness Center. "It important to me that we work with their referring healthcare provider to accomplish their goals no matter what medical condition they may be struggling with."
Luis, a Next Steps™ graduate from Titusville said, "Next Steps™ has positively impacted my health. I was able to improve my stamina after my cardio surgery to continue my everyday tasks."
Luis was also eager to comment on the trainers at Parrish Health and Fitness Center. He added, "This program has been excellent. My plan was managed and maintained in all aspects as I progressed throughout the program. My trainers were outstanding and made the process even more enjoyable."
Parrish Medical Center Offers Free Community Presentation on Heart HealthTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Jan. 22, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center is offering a free community health presentation about heart health with a panel of Parrish Healthcare cardiovascular team members as part of its HealthBridge series during American Heart Month. We've Got Heart is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5-7 p.m., at Indian River Preserve, located at 3950 Walkabout Way in Mims.
You put your heart into everything you do, and so do we. Join us and our cardiovascular care team to find out how to keep your heart healthy. Learn how our proven quality and safety track record in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of heart, lung and vascular disorders can play an important role in your overall health and wellbeing.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. To preregister, call 321-268-6110 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Students Pursuing Career in HealthcareTITUSVILLE, FLA, Jan. 14, 2019—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 2019.
Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Parrish Medical Center service area (SR 528 north to the Brevard/Volusia county line). Students must have a 3.0 grade point average or greater, based on a 4.0 scale. Students who have been awarded a JPMF and/or PMC Auxiliary scholarship in previous years may reapply provided they are continuing in a medical/healthcare field 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 parrishmedfoundation.com/scholarships. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 8, 2019.
Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Accepting Karla Foster, RN, Scholarship ApplicationsTITUSVILLE, FLA, Jan. 10, 2019—Applications for the Karla Foster, RN, Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted for students pursuing nursing degrees. Scholarship applicants must be residents of North Brevard County; be accepted into a nursing program; and possess a 3.0 or better grade point average. The awardee will be provided $3,000 to be applied toward tuition, books, supplies or other expenses related to completing the student's nursing program.
The scholarship was established by Doug Foster in loving memory of his wife, Karla, who was tragically killed on 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. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 8, 2019.
Parrish Medical Center Offers Free Community Presentation on Heart HealthTITUSVILLE, FLA. (Jan. 8, 2019)—Parrish Medical Center is offering a free community health presentation about heart health with panel of Parrish Healthcare cardiovascular team members as part of its HealthBridge series. We've Got Heart is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m., at La Cita Country Club, located at 777 Country Club Drive in Titusville.
The event is free but space is limited for this catered event. For more information, and to preregister, call 321-268-6110 or visit parrishhealthcare.com/events.
You put your heart into everything you do, and so do we. Join us and our cardiovascular care team to find out how to keep your heart healthy.
Your Parrish Healthcare cardiovascular team is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Learn how our proven quality and safety track record in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of heart, pulmonary (lungs) and vascular disorders can play an important role in your overall health and wellbeing.
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