Foundation Focus

Healing Families—Healing Communities®. Parrish Medical Center’s employees live that vision in a big way! They raised more than $113,600 in their fifth annual employee giving campaign that concluded in April. Co-chaired by Ryan Hieronymus, who works in the patient registration department, and Sheryl Shelley, with plant operations, the PMC Circle of Giving Committee rallied employees and selected a signature project that reached out to the community.

The campaign supported a wellness package consisting of four projects: a new Healing in Motion van—a transportation program that helps seniors get to their hospital appointments or gives them a ride home after hospital stays; a third-floor fitness area upgrade for care partners; new lift equipment to help safely move and transport patients; and telehealth monitoring equipment to remotely monitor patients in their homes to keep them healthy and prevent readmissions to the hospital. All four projects focus on increased wellness for the community and PMC care partners.
With this year’s “Parrish 400 ... Race 4 Wellness” campaign theme, the drivers (PMC vice presidents) left the starting line with all gears engaged. Local race car driver Brian Finney, sponsored by Bob Steele Chevrolet in Cocoa, displayed car No. 80 outside the hospital to build excitement during the campaign kickoff. PMC employees took souvenir photos around the car while the vice presidents competed in the remote control car race “qualifying event.”
“The employees had a great time, and the best part is that it was all for a great cause,” Shelley says.
Hieronymus adds, “The generosity of our employees is amazing. We’d like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and who are committed to bringing increased wellness to our community.”

Foundation Has New Home

The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation is now in the Parrish Health Village West Philanthropy House, one of the renovated historic houses at the corner of Washington Avenue (US-1) and Jess Parrish Court.

Change Lives Without Touching Your Income

Do you want to support Parrish Medical Center but feel overwhelmed by everyday living costs such as the kids’ education, seesawing gas prices and the latest home repair?
There is another way to give besides writing a check—known as planned giving—that can help you meet your financial goals. Planned gifts are donations made through your long-term estate or financial plans and have two main benefits:
1. They are generally deferred until after your lifetime, so your current income or assets aren’t affected. Some gift options even pay you back!
2. With many planned gifts, you have the right to change your mind at any time throughout your lifetime.
The easiest and most popular way to support Parrish Medical Center while putting your family’s current financial needs first is to include a gift—a bequest—in your will or revocable living trust. You can designate a percentage of your estate—1 to 100 percent—so that no matter how the size of your estate changes over the years, gifts to your family and charities remain proportionate.
It takes as little as one sentence, known as bequest language, in your will or trust to complete your gift. And that one sentence has the power to support Parrish Medical Center for years to come.

Explore Your Donation Options

Check out the new “Gift Illustrator” by visiting If you have questions, contact the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation office at 321-269-4066 or