Killebrew New President of Holmes Regional Medical Center

By  //  April 1, 2012

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Judy Killebrew, RN, FACHE, has been named the new President for Holmes Regional Medical Center, and will lead the Tertiary Hospital Division of Health First.


A Health First associate for nine years, Killebrew most recently had served as the Interim President for Holmes during the past five months, while continuing to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the 514-bed facility, a position she has held since 2008. She brings significant executive management and hospital operational experience to her new position.

“Judy has impressive credentials,” said Steve Johnson, President  & CEO of Health First.

“Her background, coupled with the strong character traits and values she exhibits, have made her the choice candidate to lead our Tertiary Hospital Division.”

Killebrew has a strong history of leadership roles within Health First, specifically Holmes Regional Medical Center − a facility with more than 3,000 associates, 850 volunteers, and a Medical Staff of more than 500 physicians.

In addition to overseeing the hospital’s acute care programs and services, she has also directed the efforts of the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, The Heart Center, Level II Neonatal ICU, Surgical Robotics Program, Primary Stroke Center, Interventional Neuro-Radiology Services, Retail Pharmacy and the Health First QuickCare walk-in clinic.

Killebrew also managed the financial performance of the hospital for the past four years.

Prior to serving as Holmes’ COO, Killebrew directed The Heart Center’s Activation Team, culminating in the opening of the 375,000-sq.-ft. hospital expansion. She then served as the vice president of operations for the comprehensive cardiac care facility.

Before joining Health First in 2003 as the manager of Wound Care and Hyperbarics, and helping to plan and implement the outpatient wound program for Holmes, Killebrew worked for a for-profit regional medical system.

A Registered Nurse since 1991, Judy began her healthcare career with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital system in Georgia. She received both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Regent Christian University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Killebrew and her husband, Randal, have four grown sons.

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.