VIDEO: 2017 Humanitarian Honoree Health First Foundation Largest Provider of Charitable Health Care In Brevard

By  //  October 26, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Health First, a not-for-profit community-owned health care system that is the largest provider of charitable health care in Brevard County, touches the lives of thousands, yet it operates on the slimmest of margins, with uncompensated care for those who cannot not pay for all their services regularly exceeding $37 million.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Health First, a not-for-profit community-owned health care system that is the largest provider of charitable health care in Brevard County, touches the lives of thousands, yet it operates on the slimmest of margins, with uncompensated care for those who cannot not pay for all their services regularly exceeding $37 million.

In order to keep up with advances in new technologies, treatments and equipment, Health First must turn to the generosity of the community.

This critical health resource depends on gifts from the Health First Foundation for new equipment, for improved facilities and for advanced training that ascertains patients receive cutting-edge services and programs.

“Because of the thoughtful support of so many, such as our neighbors, local corporations, our patients, their families and 100 percent of our board, the Foundation can positively impact the health and well-being of Brevard and beyond,” said Foundation president Michael Seeley.

Among the many initiatives made possible through the Foundation have been advanced diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer through the purchase of endobronchial ultrasound technology and the opening of the Health First Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic, made possible in large part by funds raised the Foundation’s Grape Escape and through the Health First Associate Giving Program.

Health First, a not-for-profit community-owned health care system that is the largest provider of charitable health care in Brevard County, touches the lives of thousands, yet it operates on the slimmest of margins, with uncompensated care for those who cannot not pay for all their services regularly exceeding $37 million.

Significant Support

The Foundation’s scholarships for 41 Health First nurses have allowed these deserving professionals to pursue advanced degrees in nursing.

Additionally, the Foundation raised financial support for the expansion of the Hospice of Health First and the Bright Star Center for Grieving Children, as well for the purchase of the Accuvein vein finder for use in the emergency department at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center.

The neonatal intensive care unit at Holmes Regional was also the recipient of significant Foundation support.

Funds generated by the Foundation enabled Health First to purchase night vision equipment for the First Flight helicopter and life-saving equipment such as digital mammography, the eICU patient monitoring system and the da Vinci robotic surgical equipment.

Health First Foundation is about supporting the health of Brevard residents, from the inside out.

“The Health First Foundation is a monument to the generosity of our community,” said Seeley.

The Health First Foundation will be honored during the 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created eight years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2017 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2017 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.

ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

ORGANIZATIONS
• BCSO Animal Services
• BCSO Honor Guard
• Brevard Guardian Ad Litem
• BIMDA
• Brevard C.A.R.E.S
• Driven by Heart (formerly Breast Friends)
• Genesis House
• Health First Foundation
• Space Coast Harley-Davidson
• Tess Brady and OASIS
• Total Home Roofing

INDIVIDUALS
• Rosette Brown
• Randy Coleman
• Bill Ellis
• Dr. Richard Harrison
• Bjornar and Bjorg Hermansen
• Eugene Johnson
• Adrian Lafitte
• Dr. Romain Onteniente
• Valerie Paul
• Joan Throm
• Robin Whiting
• Steve Wilson
• The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Judge Dean Moxley.

The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.  Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

Dr. Jim Palermo

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“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the eight consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of “Space Coast Health Week,” a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Florida Tech, Health First, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Brevard Geriatrics, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Rock Paper Simple, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

Tom Palermo

Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 2 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.


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