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Health First names Eddy L. Hannah as Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Patient Care

ROCKLEDGE, FL —  Health First announced that ­Eddy (Ed) L. Hannah has joined the organization October 29 as the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President (VP), Patient Care Services at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center.  Hannah will replace Bonnie Rudolph, who is retiring as the system’s CNO after 24 years with Health First.  Hannah will report to J. Stuart Mitchell, Health First Executive Vice President (EV), Chief Operations Officer (COO). 

Hannah will serve in a dual role: CNO of the Health First system and VP, Patient Care Services for Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. He will be responsible for the planning, organization, and delivery of effective, efficient and high-quality patient care across the entire Health First system.  He will work with Health First executives, physicians, and clinical leadership in setting the vision and direction for patient care services, as well as developing and implementing an enhanced philosophy and model of care that will be implemented throughout the system.  Hannah will also work together with management, Medical Staff, and clinical areas in planning, promoting, and conducting organization-wide performance improvement activities.  Additionally, he will also be responsible for ensuring that Health First achieves successful strategic priorities for clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.

Prior to joining Health First, Hannah served as Vice President (VP) – Patient Care Services & Quality/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a 400-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital in Southeast Florida. He originally served there as a member of a senior management team contracted by the hospital’s Board of Directors to improve clinical and operational results. In 2010 he moved into the full-time role of VP – Patient Care Services & Quality/CNO.  As VP he was responsible for acute care Nursing, Pharmacy Services, Respiratory Care, inpatient Rehab, Infection Control, Nursing Informatics, Dialysis, Patient and Guest Relations, Food & Nutritional Services, Environmental Services, and performance improvement and excellence (Quality Resource Management).  He also worked closely with several area Nursing colleges on collaborative projects.

“Ed Hannah is a seasoned executive in all areas of clinical practice and administration,” said J. Stuart Mitchell, Health First EVP and COO.  “He will be instrumental in developing a strategic and focused approach to nursing operations throughout our Health First system.”

Hannah is a Registered Nurse (RN) in both Tennessee and Florida. He has completed Certification in Nursing Administration Advanced (CNAA), Team Specialist Certification from North Carolina State University, and Strategies for Successful Nursing Management at The Wharton School of Business.  Hannah also serves as a member of the Adjunct Faculty for Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Nova Southeastern University.

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About Health First

Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system.  With a Mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers the latest technological advances and quality care at our four hospitals and through our many Outpatient & Wellness Services, as well as the area’s only Trauma and Heart Centers.  Health First also offers multiple commercial and Medicare health plans, the largest multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County, and four fitness centers to help members of our community stay healthy.