Take a trip to Titusville to see medicine at its best


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Heritage Hall is used for educational and community events.

Dan Reigada

Titusville has a lot to offer in the northern part of Brevard County.

The first visit to the historic town should include a trip to the award-winning Parrish Medical Center Complex on north Washington Avenue (U.S. 1 north) in Titusville.

In 2002, Parrish Medical Center opened its 371,000 square-foot replacement facility and became the first in the southeast region to have designed and constructed an entire medical center using the principles of evidence-based design to create a healing environment. The architecture and design incorporates each of the seven healing environment elements as recommended by the Center for Health Design.

I have seen many medical centers and this, by far, is one of the best. Inside, the ceiling soars more than five stories with plenty of wonderful natural light. You can appreciate and soak in the award-winning design even more while having a light meal served at the medical center’s ground-floor cafeteria. There is no charge to visit this complex.

Just outside and south of the medical complex on U.S.1 is the new Parrish Health Village. Three of Titusville’s most notable historic homes were moved, extensively refurbished and prominently positioned at the entrance of the Parrish Health Village to create a sense of charm, dignity and grace.

The Foundation House shares history and philanthropy. The Village Guest House has been converted for families that need to stay overnight. The third home is Heritage Hall, which is used for educational and community events. Free tours are offered at each of these homes.

The Parrish Health Village is being built as a destination dedicated to the needs of seniors. Outpatient healthcare services, medical and assistive equipment, fitness and wellness training and counseling services can be provided in one delightful and educational location.

In the coming years, the Parrish Health Village will extend to the east at the south end of the Brevard County Chain of Lakes waterfront. A series of buildings will be constructed in 19th century period architecture.

Connecting this entrance with the Parrish Health Village East will be a beautiful park, complete with a grand pavilion perfect for family and community activities.

Parrish Medical Center is located at 951 N. Washington Ave. in Titusville. For information, call 321-268-6111 or go to parrishmed.com.

If you find time, there also are other educational stops in Titusville.

• The America Police Hall of Fame & Museum at 6350 Horizon Drive. For information, call 321-264-0911. There is a modest admission charge.

• The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. For information, call 321-861-0667.

• The North Brevard Historical Museum is located at 301 South Washington Ave. For information, call 321-269-3658.

• The Historic Pritchard House is located at 424 South Washington Ave. For information, call 321-607-0203.

• The Valiant Air Command Warbird Air Museum is located at 6600 Tico Road. For information, call 321-268-1941.

All of my day trips are educational and inexpensive for your family and all of those wonderful out-of-town guests that come down from the north to visit.