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Steven P. Johnson, PhD
President and CEO

Steve is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Health First Health Plans and its 60,000 covered lives, four hospitals-Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne (514 beds), Health First Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay (152 beds), Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach (150 beds), and Health First Viera Hospital in Melbourne (84 beds) - as well as many outpatient, diagnostic and treatment centers, a multi-specialty physician practice, a network of fitness and wellness services, and the only heart center and level II trauma center in Brevard County.

Prior to joining Health First, Steve served as the president of hospital operations for SSM Health Care - St. Louis (SSMHC), a seven-hospital system based in MO. Steve began his career as a Clinical Psychologist and then served as administrator for a state-run residential rehabilitation center. He later served as a regional vice president for a rehabilitative services company that provides healthcare services in sub-acute and post-acute settings. He also previously served as the executive director of a behavioral health managed-care organization.

With more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, a proven track record of successfully bringing together a diverse healthcare system, and a commitment to improving the health of the entire community, Steve served in several capacities with SSMHC in MO after he was selected as the vice president of SSM Behavioral Health Services in 1997. Six years later, in 2003, Steve was promoted to president of both the rehabilitation and behavioral health services in the region. In 2007, he was asked to serve as president of DePaul Health Center, a 460-bed hospital within the SSMHC system. He was subsequently appointed as president of hospital operations for the regional system with revenues of $1.5 billion.

After earning his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound (WA), Steve earned his master of science degree in human development and a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.