We are excited to welcome Amy Mangan as our new Executive Director!

We recently had the chance to sit down with Amy to learn more about her background, family and passions! As a longtime leader in this community, she is wonderfully positioned to advance our mission of delivering world-class health care, close to home.”

Can you tell us a little bit about your professional career?

I’ve been fortunate to work with dedicated leaders to develop long-lasting partnerships for organizations and communities. Most recently, I served as Duke Energy’s Enterprise Director of Stakeholder Engagement, responsible for corporate-wide engagement projects for Florida, the Carolinas and Midwest. Previously, I led Duke Energy’s Florida Stakeholder Engagement and Foundation teams that invested over $5 million in charitable grants each year.

I currently serve as Leadership Florida’s chair-elect. I am a former board member of The Nature Conservancy of Florida and Prospera Hispanic Business Initiative. All three of these organizations have positively shaped our state for the better.

What drew you to the Executive Director role with AdventHealth Ocala Foundation?

My husband, youngest child and I were born in this hospital. Through the years, my family has been cared for by our outstanding healthcare professionals. Both of my children and my husband are alive because of AdventHealth Ocala – having received care for diabetes, epilepsy and an emergency heart catheterization, respectfully. My late parents also received compassionate care from our hospital. I’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when healthcare professionals provide wholistic care for patients and their caregivers.

How do you think the experiences you’ve already had have helped prepare you for this new role?

I’d like to think this has given me a front-row seat to witness compassionate care, not only for those who receive exceptional service from our hospital, but also by our impressive teams who wake up every day with a mission-driven purpose. As a mother, wife, and daughter, I’ve sat in a hospital room grateful for those who care as much about my loved ones as I. Now, this is my chance to give back and create sustainable resources for a healthcare system that’s helped my family.

What are some of the things you’re most excited about embarking on as the new Executive Director?

I can’t wait to connect donors to a cause that is meaningful to them and also helps our hometown hospital! I’m equally excited to work with our AdventHealth Ocala teams and Foundation board of directors. My first greeting to each of these groups will be a heartfelt “Thank you” for their servant hearts.

If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?


When you’re not working, what does everyday life look like?

Most mornings begin with my husband, Mike, and I reading multiple newspapers while two LhasaPoo puppies fight for prime seating on our laps. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking frequent visits to downtown restaurants and stores owned by friends with big hearts and talents. Mike and I are proud supporters of The Reilly Performing Arts Center and the Marion Theatre, the latter where great classics are shown. Ocala has it all! Speaking of movies, we belong to a 20-year-old Movie Club with a group a friends who have given us great happiness in fellowship over film. Evenings usually offer us a chance to call or Facetime our two adult children and future son-in-law, the perfect ending to any day!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’ve seen the goodness in AdventHealth through the people who work here. They make a difference and I’m so grateful to be a part of this special family.

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Whit Palmer Memorial Fund

Since 1985, Whit Palmer has been a part of the growing legacy of what is now AdventHealth Ocala. Serving as the first Chair of the Foundation, Whit passionately believed that everyone deserves access to quality health care and a gentle care experience. His impact has been widespread and touched the lives of many.

It is our great honor to continue Whit’s vision through the Whit Palmer Memorial Fund. This fund supports hospital programs and initiatives that assist our patients in their greatest time of need, and improves the lives and well-being of our community members.

Opportunities within the Whit Palmer Memorial Fund honor Whit’s legacy and align with our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. Your gifts will impact the lives of our patients and enhance their care experience by providing:

  • Scholarships for children in need of physical and occupational therapy
  • Car seats and pack and plays for new parents in need
  • Bereavement supplies for parents who experience infant loss
  • Medical supplies for patients who cannot afford them
  • Rides for patients who need transportation
  • Support for cancer survivorship and bariatric surgery groups, among others
  • Wellness and nutrition education
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Child Life and Pediatrics

In partnership with AdventHealth for Children, our AdventHealth Ocala pediatrics department provides a warm, healing environment equipped with advanced technology and playful decor, making our youngest patients’ hospital stay as enjoyable as it is effective.

Play is an essential part of your child’s health and well-being and Child Life specialists are a meaningful part of our pediatric care.
Our highly skilled Child Life team helps promote a positive stay for both you and your child through exceptional psychosocial care, developmentally appropriate education, therapeutic play, and emotional support.

Your donation to our Child Life fund will provide tangible items that support our Child Life care team and patients, and encourage play and reduce stress and fears, like: books and toys, gaming systems and electronics, arts and crafts, and more.

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Area of Greatest Need

Our AdventHealth Ocala Foundation’s goal is simple: support programs and needs that serve Ocala patients, guests, and team members.

By partnering with us to support our areas of greatest need, you have the opportunity to move health forward by funding patient care priorities. Your donations stay within our hospital and 100% goes to the area you designate.

Thanks to generous contributions from community members, our Foundation funds programs that shape the future of innovative, whole-person care. Some of these incredible initiatives include patient wheelchairs, car seats and pack-and-plays, a patient TV for the dialysis unit, and much more.

We hope you'll join us to experience how generosity heals.

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