Palm Healthcare Foundation was created in July 2001 as the successor to Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. Staying true to our heritage, grantees of the Palm Healthcare Foundation represent the diversity of needs and ideas in Palm Beach County.


Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Milestones



Palm Healthcare Foundation (PHF) is established.

PHF makes its first grant to the Palm Beach County Medical Society in support of what has become the

nationally acclaimed countywide Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (HERC).


PHF launches the foundation’s Healthcare Workforce Partnership.

PHF awards $2.7 Million to 14 area agencies through its first open grants cycle.

H.O.W (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper) a program of Palm Healthcare Foundation is founded by

ovarian cancer survivor, Jacquie T. Liggett.

PHF funds the Nursing Leadership Institute at the Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of


PHF awards $150,000 to 70 students for its first nursing and healthcare scholarships.


PHF and WPTV NewsChannel 5 host their first Nursing Celebration Dinner and present the Nurse of Distinction Awards. Anne Swan, RN, MSN, CCRN is named the first “Nurse of the Year.”

PHF holds its first “Grantee Retreat” for its grantee family.

PHF and Tenet partnered with a grant of $1.2 million to establish a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

PHF awards a three year grant to Alzheimer’s Community Care, Inc. in collaboration with the Hispanic Human Resources Council to address the unmet needs of the Hispanic population diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.


PHF launches the programs of the Nursing Education Initiative, including primary and secondary school outreach efforts, a faculty development initiative and the Preceptor of Excellence program.

PHF collaborates with Allegany Franciscan Ministry, Inc. to create the Lorraine Gallagher Freimann Initiative in support of programs that increase access to culturally competent healthcare services.

Peggy Karrh, RN, BSN, MSN, CNA named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s and The Palm Beach Post’s “Nurse of the Year.”


PHF awards Palm Beach State College a grant to establish an innovative night and weekend nursing program for students unable to attend traditional school during the day.

PHF, in partnership with the Nursing Shortage Consortium of South Florida, launches the Florida Nursing Resource Center.

PHF collaborates with other public and private funders to develop the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to help non profits strengthen their administrative and operational abilities.

Judy Campbell, RN, ARNP, MSN, Ed.S, Ed.D named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s and The Palm Beach Post’s “Nurse of the Year.”


PHF purchases the future site of the Palm Healthcare Foundation Pavilion, home of the Mollie Wilmot Center.

Lois Gackenheimer, RN, NHA named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s and The Palm Beach Post’s “Nurse of the Year.”

PHF celebrates its fifth anniversary with our grantee family, friends and volunteers.


First Cohort of Novice Nurse Leadership Institute (NNLI) graduate.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is recognized for its work with Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition to become a model project for the nation.

Jimmy Smith, RN, is named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Nurse of the Year.”


Palm Healthcare Foundation awards $1 million to Lakeside Medical Center to name a dietary and nutrition center and ongoing health and wellness programs in the Glades.

Palm Healthcare Foundation hosts preview party at the new Palm Healthcare Pavilion. Dr. Mehmet Oz is keynote presenter. Palm Healthcare partners with Dr. Oz to create visibility for Palm Healthcare Pavilion.

First patients of Children’s Medical Services are treated at their new home at the Palm Healthcare Pavilion.

Gary Reardon, RN, is named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Nurse of the Year.”


Dr. Oz addresses donors at Palm Healthcare Pavilion on March 20, 2009.

Nursing Celebration Pre-Event is held at Palm Healthcare Pavilion on March 13, 2009.

HealthCorps Highway to Health Fair takes place at Palm Healthcare Pavilion on August 18, 2009.

Jennifer Mainor, RN, MSN, is named Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Nurse of the Year.”

Palm Healthcare Pavilion attains silver LEED certification status (Green Building).

Palm Healthcare Pavilion is complete. Official Grand Opening is held May 18, 2009.


Palm Healthcare Pavilion hosts Fashion Show at Flagler Museum to benefit Mollie Wilmot Center.

More than 250 attendees take part in free screenings, health talks and entertainment at 2010 HeatlhCorps Highway to Health Event at Palm Healthcare Pavilion.

Diabetes Education and Research Center offers support groups for teens and adults.

The Health Professions Simulation Center offers competency training to local hospitals in Palm Beach County.

Palm Healthcare Foundation enters into the mental health funding arena.

2010 is a record breaking year for grant investment in our community ---$4,882,327.


The Palm Beach County School District presents the foundation with a Community Partner Award for its support of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project.

The foundation completes its first decade of work investing $45 million dollars in Palm Beach County to build a healthier community.


Palm Healthcare Foundation partners with Quantum Foundation to launch Diabetes Week with the support of the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County.

Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN, Associate Professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University is named 2012 Palm Healthcare Foundation's "Nurse of the Year."

The Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award is established to provide a unique experience for medical students to shadow board certified gynecologist/oncologists.


Palm Healthcare Foundation launches its newest strategic initiative, Healthier Together.

PHF moves into the Center for Philanthropy.

PHF's investment in Palm Beach County's health reaches over $3 million for the year.

PHF launches its 30 day, county-wide, Let's Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge.


Palm Healthcare Foundation evolves its Nursing Distinction Awards to the six-week long, county-wide Thank-a-Nurse campaign.

PHF announces the first two Healthier Together communities to receive $1 million each over the next five to seven years: Jupiter and Delray Beach.

PHF announces new community-based nursing strategy.



Healthier Delray Beach's initiative focuses on improving the behavioral health and well-being of its residents by promoting awareness, encouraging acceptance and improving access to supports and services.

Healthier Jupiter's initiative focuses on diabetes prevention and management, partnering with the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County to administer diabetes risk tests, initiating a "Walk & Talk" fitness program and mapping local resources for a healthy lifestyle. 

Palm Beach County Diabetes Week expands to a month-long campaign in November, screening more than 3,000 individuals and referring high-risk patients to doctors/clinics for follow-up appointments.



Palm Healthcare Foundation announces two new Healthier Together communities: Healthier Boynton Beach and Healthier Neighbors (Riviera Beach + Northern West Palm Beach).

The Let's Move Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge grows to include 48 teams logging more than 10 million minutes of sustained physical activity!

Palm Healthcare Foundation leads efforts to establish a “Learning Community for  Elder Care Services” with a goal to of improving communications and coordination of care for vulnerable seniors.

Palm Healthcare Foundation establishes and funds the Volunteer Nurse Corps of Palm Beach County, a program administered by the School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University, that utilizes volunteer nurses to provide health information, education, and care to vulnerable populations in Palm Beach County.

Since 2001, Palm Healthcare Foundation has invested more than $70 million to support more than 100 organizations.