Health First Postpones Scheduled, Non-Emergent Surgeries Which Requires a Hospital Bed Due to COVID-19
By Space Coast Daily // July 26, 2021
effective Thursday, July 28 through August 15
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, effective Thursday, July 28 through August 15, Health First will be postponing scheduled, non-emergent surgeries and procedures which require a hospital bed.
“This proactive decision was made in the interest of community safety and to ensure we are prepared and can provide additional space if needed to care for COVID-19 patients in our facilities,” said a Health First spokesperson in a release.
“This will also provide an opportunity for clinical staff to provide additional support in critical areas.”
The Health First healthcare system will continue to care for patients and perform all other surgeries and procedures. Patients with scheduled elective procedures and surgeries will be directly contacted with further instructions.
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs over 9,000 associates. 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, including Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital (opened in 1962), Holmes Regional Medical Center (opened as Brevard Hospital in 1937 and serving as Brevard County’s only Trauma Center), Palm Bay Hospital (opened in 1992) and Viera Hospital (opened in 2011).
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, three Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, Home Care and Hospice of Health First.