Health First Ball: ‘Treasures of the Nile’

By  //  April 16, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA • THE CLEMENTE CENTER AT FLORIDA TECH – The Health First Foundation hosted an elegant evening of food, drinks, live music and dancing around the theme of ‘Ancient Egypt:  Treasures of the Nile.’

LEFT TO RIGHT: NANCY TAYLOR, DR, PETER PAPPAS, JERI FIGUEROA, STEVE JOHNSON & BRENDA RADKE. The Health First Foundation hosted an elegant evening of food, drinks, live music, and dancing around the theme of ‘Ancient Egypt: Treasures of the Nile.’ Proceeds, which topped $255,000, from this year’s Black-tie gala event will help provide enhancements to the Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center and the Emergency Departments at all four Health First hospitals: Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital. (Images by Keith Betterley)

More than 460 guests attended the Health First 30th Annual Benefit Ball, as it embarked on its journey down Ancient Egypt’s Nile River on Saturday, April 14 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Clemente Center in Melbourne, Florida.

Proceeds, which topped $255,000, from this year’s Black-tie gala event will help provide enhancements to the Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center and the Emergency Departments at all four Health First hospitals: Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital.

The specific focus will be on advancing the use of Telemedicine in trauma and emergency care.

Dr. James Shaffer leads the VitalWatch eICU.

Coupled with digital radiology and electronic medical records, telemedicine is transformed into “Teleinformatics” – a tool that holds the potential of transforming how medical care is delivered at home and across the world.

For nearly a decade, Health First has been the Space Coast’s leader in teleinformatics. Health First pioneered the Southeast’s first eICU program in 2003.

Led by Dr. James Shaffer, the VitalWatch eICU program today provides continuous monitoring and medical expertise for ICU patients in all four Health First hospitals.

Jerri Figueroa, wife of Holmes Regional Trauma Surgeon Dr. Edgar Figueroa, served as the Ball Committee Chair.  She worked with a committee of 15 volunteers to plan the gala fundraising event.

Brenda Radke, CEO of Brevard Physicians Network, served as Chair of this year’s 15-member Ball Underwriting Committee. Brevard Physicians Network was also the main sponsor, contributing $25,000.

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The Health First Foundation hosted an elegant evening of food, drinks, live music and dancing around the theme of ‘Ancient Egypt: Treasures of the Nile.’


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