Felkner New Health First Chief Financial Officer

By  //  April 4, 2012



BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA  – Joseph “Joe” Felkner has joined Health First’s Executive Leadership Team as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  


Health First President & CEO Steve Johnson announced that Felkner will take over the financial reins of Health First from Robert “Bob” Galloway who recently retired. Galloway had successfully overseen financial management at Health First since the integrated health system was formed in Brevard County in 1995.

Felkner comes to Health First after serving as CFO of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, a $1.6 billion integrated healthcare network in Pennsylvania.  He previously lived and worked in Florida as CFO and Chief Strategy Officer for Baptist Health Care in Pensacola.

Felkner’s experience includes hospital and health system financial management, operations improvement, managing institutional investment portfolios, joint venture development and working with capital markets and rating agencies on behalf of not-for-profit health systems.


He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s of Health Administration degrees from Ohio State University.

About Health First

Health First hospitals have served the residents of Florida’s Space Coast for a combined total of more than 146 years, with roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard County.  During 2012, Holmes is celebrating 75 years of service, Cape Canaveral Hospital 50 years, Palm Bay Hospital 20 years, and Viera Hospital one year.