Parrish Healthcare and Orlando Health Bring Specialized Pediatric Care to Brevard County

Mar 08, 2021 at 11:51 am by pj



Orlando Health pediatric specialists will care for newborns, hospitalized children and serve families at The Children’s Center


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.”


Parrish Healthcare is a community-based, collaborative health system located on Florida’s Space Coast. Parrish Healthcare includes Parrish Medical Center, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member and one of the America’s most recognized hospitals for clinical quality, patient safety and healing environments; Parrish Medical Group, NCQA certified patient-centered medical homes; and Parrish Health Network, a network 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

 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 to learn more about all of our specialties.