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Health First Foundation


The life-saving and humanitarian efforts of all Health First entities have always relied in part on the generous time, energy and financial gifts of local residents.

The bridge between the people investing in the future of local health care and the healthcare system committed to fulfilling the shared vision is the Health First Foundation. 

Through support of the Health First Foundation, facilities can be built and renovated, new patient services launched, life-saving equipment purchased, and high quality doctors and nurses recruited and retained.

Administrative Offices
1350 S. Hickory Street
Melbourne, FL 32901
P: 321-434-7353








Providing the level of health care we all want requires a strong foundation of community participation. Private donations and grants support programs such as The Center for Family Caregivers,   a community-centered resource offering innovative programs to those affected by memory disorders, and help to provide hospice care to all regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital

Cape Canaveral Hospital located just off SR 520 on the Banana River in Cocoa Beach, features 150 beds and 240 highly skilled Medical Staff members.  We’re proud to be the highest “Patient-Recommended” and top-rated hospital in Central Florida based on publicly-reported CMS patient survey results. 

Our hospital offers beautiful water views from its Mother/Baby Unit and we certified as a “Baby-Friendly™ Hospital” by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.  The Women’s Diagnostic Center features state-of-the-art, personalized services including Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, and MRI breast imaging and is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the US Food and Drug Administration 

Additionally, Cape Canaveral Hospital boasts a 21-bed Level II Emergency Department  and an adjoining six-story Medical Plaza that includes physician’s offices, a conference center, pre-operative testing, outpatient registration for laboratory testing and same-day surgery, as well as a Health Resource Center for the community.

Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center

Conveniently located near downtown Melbourne, Holmes Regional Medical Center features 514 beds and more than 500 highly skilled Medical Staff members.  As the region’s premier tertiary referral hospital, Holmes offers patients life-saving technology at every turn. 

The Heart Center at Holmes performs more cardiac procedures than all other hospitals in Brevard and provides patients with all-private rooms.  As the only state-accredited Level II trauma center in Brevard and Indian River Counties, Holmes Trauma Center offers 24/7 trauma care and rapid patient transport via First Flight aeromedical helicopter.  Additionally, The Birth Suites Mother/Baby Unit offers Brevard’s first Level II Neonatal ICU for our tiniest patients. 

Holmes is also proud to be the first hospital in Brevard to offer state-of-the-art robotics-assisted surgery for Urology, Prostate, and Gynecological conditions and is currently the only hospital in Brevard to offer anterior hip replacement surgery, reverse shoulder surgery, and life-changing Interventional Neuro-Radiology procedures for advanced stroke treatment.

Health First Palm Bay Hospital

Palm Bay Hospital located on Malabar Road in the fastest growing area in Brevard, features 152 beds and 195 highly skilled physicians.  Focused on cutting-edge technology, Palm Bay Hospital offers patients extensive Digital Diagnostic Radiology including Digital Mammography, X-ray, MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, and Tele-Radiology. 

The first Brevard hospital to offer Thoracic Endograph surgery, Palm Bay Hospital also offers a full spectrum of healthcare services, including Cardiopulmonary, Surgery, Rehabilitation, Intensive Care, Emergency, and Endoscopy Services. 

Additionally, we serve our community with a 22-bed Emergency Department treating 38,000+ emergency cases a year.  Brevard’s first Hospice patient facility, the William Childs Hospice House, is located in a secluded wooded area on our campus.

Health First Viera Hospital

Viera Hospital located west of Interstate 95 on the southwest corner of Wickham Road and Lake Andrew Drive, Viera Hospital is the cornerstone of the 50-acre Viera Health Park campus.  Viera Hospital offers quality medical care inside its beautiful five-story, 100 bed, acute-care facility.

Viera Hospital, opened in April of 2011, is the newest of the four Health First hospitals and is a beacon of healthcare for a rapidly growing community.  Features include a 24-hour Emergency Department, 84 all-private in patient beds, 16 all-private observation beds, full medical and surgical capabilities, inpatient diagnostic and lab services, VitalWatch® (remote electronic ICU) 2-way audio/video in all ICU rooms and eCareMobile critical care service units for every patient room and hurricane-hardened construction.  State-of-the-art technologies are featured throughout Viera Hospital.

In addition to the hospital, Viera Health Park also offers the Medical Plaza and Pro-Health & Fitness Center Viera.

William Childs Hospice House

Residents from all walks of life and income levels worked together with Health First Foundation to rally support for an inpatient Hospice facility with a home-like environment where around-the-clock medical and palliative care is available to the terminally ill. In the summer of 2004, years of hard work, careful planning, and tireless volunteer fundraising made Brevard’s first Hospice House a reality.

The Hospice House is named in honor of William Childs, who spent his final days in the care of Hospice of Health First. His wife, Madeline Childs, made a generous donation in his memory after she witnessed the professional and compassionate care provided by the nurses, social workers, and volunteers of Hospice. "This gift is the best way for me to express my gratitude to the Hospice family," she noted.

Hospice of Health First is clearly a beloved cause for many Health First Foundation supporters. They either have had loved ones reach life’s end in Hospice’s loving care or they have been touched by the passion of others involved in the program. Either way, they made a choice to give that just felt right.

Through the Health First Foundation, donated funds ensure that the needs of the terminally ill are met with compassion and dignity through Hospice of Health First.

The William Childs Hospice House is a shining example of how a community can rally to make things happen.

You have many choices on HOW to give

There are many examples of kindness and generosity benefiting the goals of the Health First Foundation. The long list of donors includes individuals who have given gifts of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, stock, life insurance, and annuities. Through the use of corporate matching gifts, many corporations encourage their employees to make charitable contributions. Some individuals prefer to include Health First in their will or trust. We would be happy to discuss the advantages of charitable gift-planning techniques with you.

For additional information, please contact Jeanene Donilon, Director of Individual Giving at 321-434-7353.

Be a Good Samaritan!

"Good Samaritan" is the name the Health First Foundation bestows upon community-minded citizens who distinguish themselves by advancing Health First’s healthcare mission with leadership gifts. The highest level within Good Samaritan Club is the "Society of Founders." Many supporters have taken advantage of naming opportunities to commemorate a family member or to honor a substantial family donation. The Health First Foundation staff will be happy to meet with you and your financial planner to discuss giving opportunities that are right for you.

For additional information, please contact Jeanene Donilon, Director of Individual Giving at 321-434-7353.

Tax considerations

All contributions to the Health First Foundation qualify for tax deductions to the full extent permitted by law. Health First and the Health First Foundation are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Florida. The Health First Foundation is further classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) of The Internal Revenue Code.

While cash donations are the most common method of giving, contributions of appreciated assets such as stocks and bonds, can have added tax benefits for the donor.

The Health First Foundation welcomes your participation in the life-saving and humanitarian efforts at whatever level is right for you. No gift is too small when it comes to serving the needs of our families, our neighbors, and ourselves.

When you give, your donation may be restricted for use by a specific Health First hospital or program, or you can allow your gift to be used where the need is the greatest.

Contact us

The Health First Foundation has offices supporting Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, and Hospice of Health First. 

Our main administrative office is located at 1350 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901.  Please call 321-434-7353 for additional information.

Cape Canaveral Hospital/Viera Hospital Events - Contact Cynthia Smith at (321) 434-7326 ore email

Holmes Regional Medical Center/Palm Bay Hospital Events - Contact Sandy Grutta at 321-434-7140 or email