Transforming the Customer Healthcare Experience for Space Coast Families
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (October 31, 2019) - Health First is pleased to announce plans to open three wellness villages in Merritt Island, Melbourne and Palm Bay, providing convenient access to wellness and health services for Space Coast families.
"Health First's purpose is to improve the wellness and health of the communities we serve," said Health First President & CEO Steve Johnson. "These wellness villages bring our purpose to life and will offer greater access to high-quality and affordable services closer to home. Over the next five years, the $600 million investment in these villages will provide the latest technology and services to improve the health and quality of life for Space Coast families."
Each village will offer a variety of services, which may include outpatient procedures, imaging and diagnostics, walking trails, and space for retail, food, fitness and community events. The Melbourne village will be located next to Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Palm Bay village will be located at the intersection of Malabar and Minton roads and the Merritt Island campus will be located at the current site of the Pro-Health and Fitness Center (at 255 Borman Drive).
Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital will also relocate to the new Merritt Island village. This more centralized location will improve access to care for families in the community. A modern acute-care facility, the new hospital will have 120 private inpatient beds, short-stay capabilities for outpatient procedures, six operating suites and 28 private emergency department bays.
Construction will begin in 2020 for the Melbourne and Merritt Island wellness villages and in 2021 for the Palm Bay village.
"These wellness villages will transform the customer healthcare experience for Brevard. With these villages, we will be able to increase access, ease and convenience of healthcare for families at an affordable cost." Johnson said.
About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County's not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2018, Health First provided more than $171 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we're giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.