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I Love What I Do

In 1928 we opened our doors as Brevard’s first hospital. Since that time, we have truly enjoyed making a difference. Year after year, we continue to show our dedication and commitment to our community because we truly love what we do.

Our associates are at the heart of all we do. Their passion shines through daily as they work to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and those we serve.

Please view the video below to learn more about why our associates love what they do and then take a few minutes to share why you love Health First.

Freedmon Faustin, Housekeeping Services Assistant, Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center

I love what I do because I enjoy connecting with the patients and giving them words of encouragement. I also enjoy making sure our patients are staying in a nice, clean and germ-free environment.

Jennifer Barden, RN, Health First Home Care

I love what I do because it doesn't matter if you're the patient, the office staff, the doctor or the insurance member, Health First makes you feel like you, the individual matters. From day one, I felt like I was valued and appreciated. For our members, navigating the world of insurance can be confusing. By taking the time to listen to their situations, paired with the great training and resources we have, I have often saved members from making costly mistakes. Hearing the relief in their voice after avoiding a costly mishap is one of my greatest pleasures.

Michael Tracy, Customer Service Representative, Health First Health Plans

I love what I do because I love caring for others. The best part about my job is the patients. I enjoy being able to connect with them on a one-on-one basis in a home setting. I am able to assist in their care and be an advocate for them in the medical community. Many of our patients are very sick and often terminal. The bottom line is to do all that we can for our patients and their care. We are the privileged ones to work with such a diverse population and to have the ability to make a difference in their lives.

Dr. Nanialei Golden, Radiation Oncologist, Health First Cancer Institute (Health First Medical Group)

I love what I do because my patients have inspired me and enriched my life in so many ways. A person's world changes after being told they have cancer. The initial response is often of fear, but as they go through the process, an inner strength takes over and I see patients empowered. I feel very privileged to be a part of their lives.

Michaella Yeutter, Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical Services, Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital

I love what I do because no matter what my role has been throughout my career with Health First, I am able to use my skills and talents every day to make a difference in people's lives. I started my career at Health First in 1998 at Cape Canaveral Hospital. From there, I went to the Holmes Regional. After that, I worked in a surgeon's office at the Medical Group. In July 2014 I transferred back to Cape Canaveral Hospital, where I am the assistant nurse manager for Surgical Services. I love working with the team here because we are dedicated to providing an excellent surgical experience for each patient we come in contact with.

Amika Smith, Associate Coordinator, Corporate Support Services, Clinical Informatics

I love what I do because I have the opportunity to help the individuals who help the really important people - our patients. Health First has made a huge impact on my life and career. My managers and peers have always encouraged me to grow and challenge myself. The best part about Health First is the opportunity to grow is always here.

Marilyn Sharp, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Clinical Charge Nurse in the Recovery Room

"I love what I do because it provides me the opportunity to give back to my community. I was born in Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital and I feel like if I invest in it, I will leave something for my children and my children's children."

Shaniequa Prescod, Corporate Support Services, Health First Staffing Assistant

"I love what I do because every day I get a chance to make a little bit of a difference in providing care for patients at the hospitals by sending staff to help with those needs."

Jessica Smith, Health First Health Plans, Acute Care Management Supervisor

"I love what I do because I love the individuals I work with. They truly are passionate about having positive outcomes for our members."

Gabriel Cueto, Health First Medical Group, Hospitalist

"I love what I do because I love who I do it for. I do it for a community that has a need. I see the results and difference it makes."

Steve Hardwick, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Operating Room Assistant Manager

"I love what I do because people come here not wanting to have surgery and we try to make this the best possible experience they can get."

Keegan Coop, Pro-Health & Fitness Center Viera, Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer

"I love what I do because I get to help people succeed and reach their fitness goals."

Mark Ames, Palm Bay Hospital, Lead Respiratory Therapist

"I love what I do because I make patients feel better. The best part of my day is when I can walk out of a patient's room and know I made a difference in their life."

Barb Harmon, Viera Hospital, Dietary Supervisor

"I love what I do because I have been a patient in the hospital and know that being a patient is a stressful experience. In Dietary,, we try to make them feel like they are in a five-star hotel."

Leonne Sherr, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Volunteer Services Manager

"I love what I do because every day I get to work with people who want to give back. A volunteer comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes, ages and stages in their life. Everybody that comes through this door wants to give for a different reason. Be it a person who has retired, a student that needs hours – but they choose volunteering at a hospital, in our hospital in this Health First and it's an amazing different journey every time someone walks through that door."

Elena Scruggs, Corporate Support Services

"I love what I do because the leaders that I support are excellent role models and inspire me to do my best. Health First is a wonderful place to work. It has multiple places you can go to accommodate your family and offers a wonderful healing environment. Health First provides wonderful services to all of us in the community."

Markus Metoyer, Health First Health Plans, Clinic Coordinator

"I love what I do because I get to come to work every day and help people. I sit behind-the-scenes and I go through the charts and make sure nothing is getting missed or dropped. And it makes me feel good that I can come to work and make sure patients are getting the best possible care our physicians can give them."

Larry Bishop, Health First Medical Group, Dermatology

"I love what I do because I get to change the future. I'm one of the very fortunate people that work here at Health First who gets a chance to change things in the future for virtually every person I meet. There's nothing that really takes the place of that for me."

Julie Newhouse, Holmes Regional Medical Center
Emergency Room, Assistant Nurse Manager

"I love what I do because this is home to me. In 2000, my daughters were in a car accident and were brought to Holmes Regional Medical Center as trauma patients. The care we received and the love that the organization showed was amazing. Nurses, doctors and everyone treated my family with dignity and respect. I started working in the Emergency Department where it all started with my daughters. To this day, I get to give care and compassion to families that have gone through the same situation I have."

Cheryl Chapman, CNA, Hospice of Health First

"I love what I do because I am able to help patients and their families. Back in 2000, Health First Hospice came to do an assessment and they said my father was appropriate for Hospice. My Mom and I were very impressed with the way they took care of not only my Dad, but our family as well. I became a CNA six years ago and got hired at the William Childs Hospice House. When I see the stained glass window that was made by my Dad's oncology nurse and it has his name right there, I put my hand over that name plate and I say, "Good morning Dad."

Lee Liscum, Palm Bay Hospital, Case Manager

"I love what I do because I'm able to impact patients at the bedside and in the community. I was born at Holmes Regional in 1982. My mother retired from Health First as an oncology nurse and my grandmother as a dialysis nurse. I met my wife here and my mother-in-law also works for Health First, so it's one big family and home away from home."

Laurie Stoeckert, Viera Hospital, Health Unit Coordinator

"I love what I do because I get to show love to people. It’s an extension of who I am. About 26 years ago I was involved in a really bad accident – a snow skiing accident. I have been the patient many times - 17 times in fact. I have learned a lot about being on the other side. I have learned that it takes a lot for patients to use a call bell it takes a lot to get out of that bed. We have pom poms where we cheer our patients on – we want them to get up and move, and we want to cheer them on. Where else in life do you get someone to cheer you on?