Health First works to keep Florida's Space Coast denizens in tip-top shape. The not-for-profit health system operates four hospitals in Brevard County. Health First's biggest hospital is Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, with more than 500 beds. Its Cape Canaveral Hospital and Palm Bay Community Hospital have 150 and 60 beds, respectively. Its Viera Hospital is a 100-bed acute-care hospital. The system also runs outpatient clinics, a home health service, and a physicians group. Its for-profit subsidiary Health First Health Plans is the county's largest insurer, with about 60,000 commercial members and 23,000 Medicare members.
Health First operates four hospitals and a health insurance company in Brevard County, Florida.
To expand its capacity Health First makes complementary acquisitions. In 2012 the company agreed to acquire Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (250 physician providers based in Melbourne) to increase patient quality, safety, and the patient experience. The entity was renamed the Health First Medical Group.
In 2011 Health First partnered with Nemours to expand pediatric care in Brevard County. That year Health First Health Plans opened a new Vero Beach office to serve residents of Indian River County and launch its Medicare Advantage plans to the rest of Indian River County.
Despite an ongoing lawsuit with Wuesthoff Health System (which claims that Health First has an unfair monopoly of hospital services in Brevard County), the company has forged ahead with construction of its fourth hospital in the county, the Viera hospital campus. The Medical Plaza at Viera Health Park, which will includes offices for multi-specialty physicians and a diagnostic/imaging center, opened in 2010. And, the park's centerpiece, Viera Hospital, a 100-bed acute-care hospital, opened in 2011.