Rockledge, FL (Sept. 17, 2014)– Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital were among only four hospitals in the state to be recognized by Florida Hospital Association (FHA) for reducing harm and readmissions. All three of Health First’s community hospitals achieved all of the Partnership for Patient’s (PfP) goals to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.
“All of Health First’s hospitals are committed to continuous improvement and providing quality/no harm healthcare for our community,” said Stuart Mitchell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Health First. “This recognition speaks to the dedication, hard work and compassion of our talented associates in caring for our patients.”
The PfP focuses on eliminating harm and reducing readmissions in the state’s 77-hospital Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which includes all four Health First hospitals. The PfP tracks 11 areas, including early elective deliveries, falls, surgical site infections and preventable readmissions.
In addition to the standout performance of Health First’s three community hospitals, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center achieved the goals for seven of the 11 categories and saw improvements in the other four.
About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 people. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health and Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit www.health-first.org for more information.