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Health First Overview
Rockledge, FL
5001 to 10000 employees
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.

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Health First – Why Work With 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

(last updated 10-22-12)

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


Why Live On the Space Coast

Florida’s Space Coast is a vacation destination where natural wonder and exhilarating adventures walk hand-in-hand.

We have lots of open space...72 miles of beach along Florida’s east coast.

Home to America’s space program where human space flight began and where space shuttle ATLANTIS is now on permanent display.

Natural space with a spectacular array of wildlife, unspoiled natural habitats, sanctuaries and preserves.

From space ships to cruise ships it’s life at the water’s edge when you can chose three to 14 day itineraries on some of the newest, biggest and most innovative ships sailing year round from Port Canaveral.

Carve out your personal space and start your adventure now.

Your Space for Arts & Entertainment

With numerous theatre and production companies, choral groups and orchestras, ballets and other dance expressions, the Space Coast arts and entertainment community thrives year round.

The Cocoa Village Playhouse, the Henegar Center for the Arts and the Titusville Playhouse and a half dozen other theatrical venues host the talents of many local actors and actresses.

Art galleries, antique shops and museums are sprinkled throughout the Space Coast, but most are prevalent in our downtown areas, such as the Eau Gallie Arts District, Cocoa Village, historic downtown Titusville and Melbourne. It’s also here where you’ll find nationally recognized art festivals and traveling exhibits.

Whether you enjoy searching for antiques or catching a Broadway production, our coast offers endless possibilities to keep you entertained.

Your Space to Try Something New

Stretching 72 miles along Florida’s East Coast, the Space Coast continues to enliven, entertain and inspire more and more visitors each year. While we’re known as the home of America’s space program, Orlando’s closest beaches and some of the best surfing in the country, this is only a taste of what our area has to offer.

Whether you dream of excitement and entertainment, or simplistic peace and tranquility, the Space Coast has what you’re seeking.

Your Space in the Sun

There is something about the beach — the smell of the salt air, the gentle breeze, the warm glow of the sun and the rhythm of the waves bringing calm that goes deeper with every set of surf that washes in.

No one has to tell you to relax at the beach — it’s automatic.

So when the world gets a little hectic, head for one our space coast beaches.

You can get far from the crowds along Canaveral National Seashore, boasting the longest stretch of undeveloped, undisturbed beach on the east coast, looking very similar to the way it did when Spanish explorers discovered it 500 years ago. See the beach as it was meant to be.

Stop by Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park beach and watch the last land ships pass as they head out to sea. You may see cargo ships, fishing boats, an occasional U.S. navy vessel and (chances are very good) big cruise ships as they embark, because this is the second busiest cruise port in the world!

Check out the world-famous Cocoa Beach and work your way south. Blend in with surfers, boogie boarders, joggers, fat tire beach cyclers, sun bathers, sandcastle builders, waders, swimmers and many more.

Take a look. There’s fun all around.

Your Space to Sail Away

4.2 million cruise passengers can’t be wrong — each year, that’s how many vacationers sail off into adventure aboard one of the beautiful cruise ships that glide in and out of Port Canaveral. Although these numbers mean that Port Canaveral is the second busiest cruise port in the world, you will be amazed that it is also one of the least congested cruise ports. Start here to begin your journey to the eastern and western Caribbean. And check out the variety: this is home port for ships from Aida, Canaveral Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International.

Cruising is great, and it’s even better when you either start or complete your vacation by exploring the nearby beaches, nature and area attractions. The port itself has a multitude of great activities from fishing to kayaking to swimming to dining and entertainment.

In the fall of 2013, Port Canaveral opened a welcome center which contains state-of–the art interactive exhibits depicting the rich history, maritime resources and recreational offerings of the Space Coast. The observation decks on the top floors overlook the Port plus the exciting historical sites around it relating to early Spanish exploration, revolutionary battles, the voyage of mankind into space...and more.

From the high seas to the high life, Florida’s Space Coast has it all. State Road 528 (the Beachline) heads right into the Port, so chart your own course. To entice you to stay with us before or after your cruise, several hotels offer Snooze & Cruise packages with free parking, special nightly rates, and even free shuttle transportation to and from the Port. We’re all here to help ensure you get to your cruise, have a great time, explore more of our area and come back again.

Want to learn more about our coast? Order a vacation guide. Need more information about sailing out of Port Canaveral? Visit

Your Space for a Great Catch

Wilderness areas known for biodiversity provide many habitats and important sea grasses which shelter more than 500 species of fish.

Some of the best bass fishing in the world is here.

Surf fishing—and people who can teach you how? Right here.

Fishing excursions with tour guides? Look through the long list of experts ready to provide fishing fun, on many kinds of fishing vessels, in fresh water, salt water and the Indian River Lagoon.

And ...visit the Sebastian Fishing Museum to see artifacts from fishing families involved in early commercial fishing.

Your Space for Nature

A distinctive getaway, Florida’s beautiful Space Coast offers miles of natural adventure, across coastal scrub and pine flatwoods to mangrove forests and salt marshes to casual walkable beaches where turtles nest in season.

When you think of the coast you naturally think of our beaches, but what’s amazing about this area is the natural wonders aren’t limited to the beach. The Space Coast has 20,000 acres of fresh water rivers  and lakes bordered by approximately 170,000 acres of wetlands. We are located where temperate and sub-tropical climate zones meet, which means you can find animals and plants here so rare they are found nowhere else on earth.

Grab a kayak and paddle alongside manatees or dolphins. Look in the air and you may see Bald Eagles or a flock of Roseate Spoonbills—two of more than 300 species of birds here along 40 stops on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Ride on horseback, on a bike, try standup paddle boarding or just take a walk. You’ll love the outdoors on the Space Coast.

The Space Coast is rich in tours and expert tour guides, for land and water excursions, amazing wildlife observation treks and hidden gems, our curated self-guided adventures reveal secrets only the natives know. For those looking for something unusual and unique, adventurers can look no further than nighttime bioluminescent kayaking; a phenomenon unique to the area where tiny luminous organisms scattered underwater shine like sparkling stars amongst shimmering sea grass.

Your Space for Shopping Fun

Florida’s Space Coast also has an eclectic collection of shopping choices.

The fun begins when you explore our historic shopping districts, search for antiques, discover our local main streets, visit our art galleries or artists’ studios, museum shops or discover the Dinosaur Store, and don’t forget, we have the world’s largest surf shop.

The Space Coast boasts several historic downtown areas located in Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Melbourne and Titusville. All of these districts are great destinations for dining, shopping, catching a play, visiting an art gallery or just taking an afternoon stroll. The cities also host free events regularly.

Your Space for Space

This is where it all began. The Space Coast of Florida is where astronauts sat atop a fiery explosion that hurled them 238,000 miles to the moon and then back. Here is the home of the men and women who dared to attempt the impossible and the geniuses who made it real. And it is where rockets still roar into the unknown. That’s why they call this the Space Coast.

This is home of the American space journey, the only place where men and women embarked on missions that put footprints on the moon, where 135 space shuttle missions began, a place that still trembles to the thunder of launches that propel vehicles past the atmosphere into orbit. Once you feel the thunder of an Atlas or a Delta or a SpaceX rocket, you’ll never forget the sound.

And even if there isn’t a live launch scheduled during your stay, you can still experience the wonder of spaceflight with a visit to Kennedy Space Center. There you can strap in and launch as part of one of the most realistic spaceflight simulators in the world or immerse your imagination inside the immense IMAX Theater experience. And that’s just the beginning. Shuttle Atlantis in a remarkable display that puts you so close you can actually see the space dust on its nose. Meet astronauts. See Angry Birds Space Encounter. Fun? You bet.

Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral has long been our nation’s gateway to exploring, discovering and understanding our universe. View our launch schedule and join us during this era of space discovery.

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. 

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