About Us

History & Mission

Healing Families—Healing Communities Through Philanthropy and Volunteerism

A long legacy of giving to what is now Parrish Medical Center (PMC) began in the 1930s when the Parrish family of North Brevard first donated land for a community hospital. Since that time, countless gifts, small and large, have helped Parrish Medical Center provide the best, most affordable health care to our community, continue its service excellence, and enable plans for the future.

In 1958, North Brevard Hospital, which became Parrish Medical Center, opened the original single-story, 28-bed facility set within an orange grove on the banks of the Indian River on the donated property. As the community has grown and changed, so has PMC. The medical center has expanded through the decades to 210 beds - its present size - and in 2002, it opened one of the nation's first evidence-based healing hospitals.

Now an award winning hospital recognized as one of America's finest healing environments, Parrish Medical Center delivers personalized care and health-related services with the highest quality medical and ethical standards to improve the health status of the people we serve. PMC is passionate about providing healing experiences to everyone all the time.

The mission of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and volunteerism in support of Parrish Medical Center’s mission of healing experiences for everyone all the time.

You and all of our benefactors help the medical center sustain and enhance healthcare services in North Brevard County. Together, we can heal families and heal our community.

The Foundation Today

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation is a Florida not-for-profit corporation, organized under Section 617.021 of the Florida Statutes. It is licensed by the State of Florida as a charitable organization and is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible by donors and/or their estates for federal income, gift and estate tax purposes under the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Sections 170, 2055, 2106 and 2522.

Jess Parrish Memorial Hospital Foundation was chartered as a not-for-profit corporation in June 1982. It was organized and established in February 1983 and later renamed Jess Parrish Medical Foundation in honor of the late Senator Jesse J. Parrish Sr.