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Health First Overview

www.hf.org
Rockledge, FL
5001 to 10000 employees
1995
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated health system. With a mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers the latest technological advances and quality care at our four hospitals and ... Read more

Mission: Our team positively changing the health and well-being of you and your family through excellent and compassionate health care.

Company Updates

  • Living in Florida’s Space Coast, residents can expect to enjoy sunshine year round, historic downtowns and excellent educational opportunities. Launch your career with Health First on Florida’s Space Coast. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQWS5

  • Health First’s Viera Hospital opened in April 2011. It is the newest of the four Health First hospitals and a beacon of health care for a rapidly growing community. Learn more about Health First’s Viera Hospital:

    Viera Hospital | Brevard Emergency Care | Space Coast Diagnostic Services | Viera Florida

    Viera Hospital is 84-bed, not-for-profit hospital that offers residents in the Viera/Suntree vicinity a comprehensive range of healthcare services.

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Health First – Why Work For Us?


Our commitment to continuous Quality Improvement has taken the form of rigorous benchmarking. This philosophy has led to a commitment of achieving Accreditation and Certifications to the highest national standards available for our clinical programs. As a result, Health First hospitals and facilities have earned the following distinctions:

Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Accredited by ICAEL (International Commission for Accreditation of Echo Laboratories)
  • Certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)-Blood Gas Laboratory
  • Designated as a "Baby-Friendly Hospital™" by the World Health Organization/UNICEF (first hospital in the southeastern United States to receive this designation)
  • Florida Governor's Sterling Achievement Award (recognition given to organizations that represent role model practices)
  • "Get with the Guidelines - Stroke" Gold Plus Award from the American Stroke Association
  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) Certification
  • Jean Byers Memorial Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration
  • Named one of the "Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Satisfaction" by WomenCertified®
  • Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
  • Women's Diagnostic Center: Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Mammography and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Health First Diagnostic Centers

Melbourne: Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (Breast and General Ultrasound, Stereotactic & Ultrasound-guided Breast Biopsy, and Mammography) as well as for CT
Merritt Island: ACR Accreditation for Digital Mammography and CT; Accreditation by ICAEL for Echo-cardiology (International Commission for Accreditation of Echo Laboratories)
Sykes Creek (Merritt Island): ACR Accreditation for MRI
Viera Medical Plaza: ACR Accreditation for Mammography

Health First Health Plans

  • 2013-2014:  Accreditation status of "Excellent" from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improve healthcare quality
  • 2012-2013: MA-PD (Medicare Advantage Medical + Part D) plans ranked #2 in Florida according to NCQA’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2012-2013.
  • 2012-2013: Group plans ranked #2 in Florida according to NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2012-2013.
  • 2013: Earned 4.5 stars out of 5 Overall Plan Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Plan performance star ratings are assessed each year and may change from one year to the next.

Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, and Ultrasound
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Accreditation - Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Certified by the American College of Pathologists (CAP)-Laboratory Services
  • Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Council
  • "Get with the Guidelines-Stroke" Gold Plus Award from the American Stroke Association
  • HRS Certification for Pre-Hospital Care - Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center and First Flight Aeromedical Transport
  • Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) Certification
  • Jean Byers Memorial Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration
  • Level II Trauma Center Certification by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration
  • National Institution for Occupational Safety and Health Certification - Pulmonary Laboratory
  • Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
  • 2012 TransLife Award of Excellence and Medal of Honor from the US Department of Health & Human Services

Health First Home Care

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission

Health First Medical Equipment

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission

Health First Palm Bay Hospital

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Accreditation by the American College of Radiology in Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • Accreditation by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • Accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)-Laboratory Services
  • Jean Byers Memorial Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration

Health First Physicians Group

  • Certified as Patient-Centered medical Homes (PCMH) through the National Center for Quality Assurance (all Primary Care Physicians practices, with seven (7) practices receiving Level 3 certification, the highest possible award
  • Primary Care Physicians performed highest in Florida for preventive services, including Mammography and Colorectal Cancer Screenings, as well as influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations (EHR 4 Prevention-FMQAI)

Health First Sleep Center

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Accredited Hospital-based Sleep Center (based at Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital

Health First Viera Hospital

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Accreditation by the American College of Radiology in Mammography, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and CT
  • Certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Hospice of Health First

  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission

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Career Advancement & Endless Opportunities

  • Flexibility in locations and shifts - CAREshift, an online search of open shifts throughout the system
  • Variety of services, nursing fields and specialties
  • Mentorship programs for new-hires
  • Graduate Nurses Program including:
    • Individualized preceptorships
    • Quarterly meetings with Chief Nursing Officer and Leadership team
    • Structured didactic & Educational Assistance bonus
  • Nurse Recognition programs
  • Nursing Committee Opportunities including:
    • Shared Governance Model
    • Nursing Research
    • Nurse Action Team
    • Nursing Recruitment & Retention
  • Yearly Associate Satisfaction Survey
  • Patient Safety & Quality Hotline
  • Employee Retention Hotline
  • Open-door policy for all associates

Health First has a reputation of excellence

  • Over 60 years of dedication to compassionate care
  • Evidence-based practice environment
  • 4 Hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician offices, Hospice, ambulatory surgery center and home care opportunities with more than 6,000 dedicated associates:
    • Cape Canaveral Hosptial (CCH), Cocoa Beach - 150 beds
    • Holmes Regional Medical Center (HRMC), Melbourne - 514 beds
    • Palm Bay  Hospital (PBH), Palm Bay - 152 beds 
    • Viera Hospital, Viera - 84 beds

Competitive Pay

  • Defined Clinical / Career Ladder – RNI, RNII, RNIII
  • National Certification pay
  • Competitive market-driven salaries
  • Per Diem pool
  • Shift Differential Pay for 2nd (10%) & 3rd (27%) shifts
  • Winter Team assignments available
  • Relocation Bonus up to $2,000 for qualified RNs

 

You're invited to join a dynamic group of men, women, and young adults who serve Health First, its hospitals and affiliates, and the community. Our volunteers are men and women of all ages and walks of life. Each volunteer brings his or her own special skills and experience, but shares a common purpose, too. Our volunteers all have in common their own special skills, experience and willingness to help and comfort patients, and provide support to our staff. When you become a volunteer, you always receive more than you give. Some of the most pleasant moments enjoyed by our patients are moments given by volunteers.

We have more than 1,000 members ranging in age from 15 to 90+! Training is provided in each service assignment. Volunteers are acquainted and familiarized with each Health First hospital and the Volunteer Services Department during a comprehensive orientation program. We'll teach you everything you need to know to handle your new responsibilities.

Service opportunities

A few of our volunteer opportunities include:

  • Admitting area
  • Auxiliary
  • Cheer cart
  • Clinical transport
  • Courtesy transportation cart
  • Emergency Department
  • Flower delivery
  • Gift shop
  • Information desk (greet hospital patients and visitors)
  • Junior auxilians
  • Mailroom
  • Menu service
  • Patient representative (visiting new patients and offering non-medical assistance)
  • Pediatrics
  • Pro-Health & Fitness Center (Melbourne, Merritt Island, and Palm Bay)
  • TLC (comforting cancer patients)
  • Transportation
  • Waiting room greeters
  • And a host of other areas!

For more than two decades, our mission has remained the same, to care for you now and into the future. We are committed to becoming an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), not just in name, but in function and experience. In a true IDN, hospitals, health insurance and providers work together to treat the whole person and focus on wellness—instead of just treating disease. 

Health First Reviews

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    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Some of the management need to have further management skilled training.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your employees

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Health First Photos

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Health First Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Health First.

    Interview

    I applied online and was contacted by an out of state recruiter. It's confusing that a company that is based out of Brevard County, FL has recruiters in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Why not just have a team of recruiters locally--as Brevard County could certainly use more jobs. Also, it's frustrating that the pay range they list on LinkedIn is false advertisement as I was told during the phone screen it was actually $20,000 less per year than the listed range.

    Interview Questions

    • Out of our mission values: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence--which one most resonates with you?   2 Answers
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