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Health First Physicians Internal Medicine Specialist wins top honors

Dr. Norris ONLY Brevard doctor to receive this award from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA)

ROCKLEDGE, FL - It is one of the most rapidly growing, national measurements of the doctor-patient relationship, and only one doctor in Brevard has earned it!

Health First Physicians is proud to announce that Dr. David Norris, an Internal Medicine Specialist, has been awarded "The National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections-Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition."

It is a long name for successfully treating patients as part of a long-term plan of care, rather than simply treating patients in a series of episodic office visits. In other words, Dr. Norris uses a team approach to better coordinate various treatments across the healthcare system, keeping his patients healthier.

At a time when healthcare reform focuses on waste, duplication, and unneeded testing in the system, this team approach can reduce costs, improve care, and lead to healthier patients.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home model is the most widely accepted such models in the country. Patient-Centered Medical Home is a way to move primary care into the 21st century. It serves as a coordinated strategy for managing a panel of patients, providing responsive care for each patient reflecting the patient's preferences, providing information at the point of care, and changing the focus from care at visits to care over time.

About Health First

Health First has been serving the residents of the Brevard County area since it was founded in 1995, with its roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard.

Today, Health First is the only multi-hospital, not-for-profit healthcare system in Brevard County. This means that every dollar not used to pay for patient care stays in the county to improve healthcare services for all residents, including those no means to pay. All members of Health First's Board of Directors reside within its service area and provide oversight for a broad range of services and products including four acute care hospitals, multiple health plans, a multi-specialty physician group, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a network of fitness and wellness services, and the only Trauma Center in Brevard County.