Palm Healthcare Foundation was created in July, 2001 as the successor to Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. The foundation changed its name to Palm Health Foundation in July, 2018. Staying true to our heritage, grantees of Palm Health Foundation represent the diversity of needs and ideas in Palm Beach County.


Palm Health 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.

PHF 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.”


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

PHF 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.

PHF 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.


PHF 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.


PHF 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.


PHF 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.



PHF announces two new Healthier Together communities: Healthier Boynton Beach and Healthier Neighbors (Riviera Beach + Northern West Palm Beach). Healthier Boynton Beach chooses a focus area of family caregiving and Healthier Neighbors chooses a focus area of behavioral health.

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!

PHF 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.

PHF 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.



PHF launches the $1 million Better Brain Health fundraising campaign.

PHF establishes the Brain Health Advisory Council, a group of national and local experts on brain health created to inform the foundation’s funding decisions, explore new technologies and treatments, recommend resources and educational tools and advocate for those with mental health conditions.

PHF convenes non-profit, for-profit and government stakeholders for the 100-Day Challenge to tackle the opioid crisis in Palm Beach County.

For the first time, the Palm Beach County school district participates in the Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge with 50 school teams, 11 district departments and nearly 8 million minutes logged.

PHF launches the 5th Healthier Together community: Healthier Lake Worth; Healthier Lake Worth chooses a focus area of behavioral health.



PHF launches the Train the Brain Better Health Campaign.

PHF hosts the first Better Brain Health luncheon to benefit advancements in Palm Beach County brain health.

Palm Healthcare Foundation changes its name to “Palm Health Foundation” and establishes the tagline “Leading Change for Better Health.”

PHF launches the 6th Healthier Together community: Healthier Glades; Healthier Glades chooses a focus area of behavioral health.

The Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge exceeds expectations with over 200 teams registered and 32 million minutes of physical activity logged.

PHF sets and surpassed a $1 million fundraising goal for better brain health with the Better Brain Health Fund.



PHF introduces new language to describe the foundation's work: The foundation's charitable funds support Building a Culture of Health,  Advancing Brain Health and Strengthening the Health Professions. 

PHF hosts a nursing scholarship reception at which 75 attendees comprised of scholarship donors, students and supporters came together to congratulate and share inspiring words with the next generation of Palm Beach County nurses. 

PHF introduces the Brain Health Innovation Fund to strengthen local ties between scientific research, community and care settings. 

The foundation develops and promotes the "Train the Brain Wellness Kit" during the second annual Train the Brain campaign, urging local businesses and organizations to incorporate positive mental health practices in the workplace. 

PHF joined several other funders in launching BeWellPBC, a movement to advance behavioral health and wellness for all in Palm Beach County. 


Since 2001, Palm Health Foundation has invested more than $83 million to support more than 100 organizations.