Health First, Brevard County first responders train for mass casualty event
Mass casualty training Health First and Brevard County first responders trained for a mass casualty event Wednesday at Space Coast Regional Airport. (WFTV.com News Staff)BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Health First and Brevard County first responders trained for a mass casualty event Wednesday at Space Coast Regional Airport. The drill included overturned vehicles, multiple medical emergency scenarios, and trauma victims who included “Trauma Hal,” a simulated patient purchased with a grant from the Health First Foundation. He’s able to have CPR performed on him, start invasive procedures on him, as close as you can get to a human being while doing a simulation,” said Dr. Scott Zenoni with Health First. The drill was designed to improve emergency response and trauma care.wftv.com
Health First puts halt on ‘non-emergency’ surgeries that require overnight hospital stay
Health First is suspending all "non-emergency" surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay for at least the next two weeks, as a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the community and increasing hospitalizations.
Brevard County hospitals change policies due to influx of COVID-19 patients
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A COVID-19 surge is prompting Brevard County’s largest hospital system to make some changes. With few exceptions like childbirth, patients at the end of life, and patients unable to provide or receive medical information, Health First is implementing a no-visitation policy. READ: ‘We are in a state of emergency’: Orlando surgeon says hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patientsThe hospital said 50% of its capacity are COVID-19 patients. Health First has 320 COVID-19 patients over four hospitals, and tents have been set up to keep non-COVID-19 patients out of the emergency department. It has 71 COVID-19 patients, and nearly 50 patient rooms have been converted to function as negative pressure rooms.wftv.com
Brevard County hospitals using tents to treat new COVID-19 patients
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Two hospitals in Brevard County have tents set up outside the main buildings to help treat new COVID-19 patients. The tents are in place at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center and Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital. READ: ‘It’s much worse now’: CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks indoorsOfficials said the tents will allow them to treat patients safely before they go into the building. Check back and watch Eyewitness News for more details. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Health First targeting Brevard County teens for COVID-19 vaccinations with weekend event
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Health First in Brevard County is hosting a special COVID-19 vaccine clinic for teens in Melbourne Saturday. Doctors have said teens are less likely than older adults to become seriously ill from a COVID-19 infection, but they can still carry and transmit the virus. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals 16 years of age and older. Posted by Health First on Thursday, April 15, 2021Nearly a quarter-million Brevard County residents have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but just over 8,000 of those were between the ages of 16 and 24. Although they’re less likely to have an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 infection, Maynor says there are still several important reasons for teens to get vaccinated.wftv.com
Brevard Zoo turns to MRI for black bear Brody, hoping to solve neurological issue
Caretakers at the Brevard Zoo are determined to get to the bottom of the health issues for a Florida black bear cub discovered in the Ocala National Forest a little more than a year ago using the latest technology to make sure he has the best life possible.
Health First gives Valentine’s Day packages to 160 seniors in Melbourne
A bunch of seniors in Brevard County received a nice surprise to start Valentine’s Day weekend. MELBOURNE, Fla. – A group of seniors in Brevard County received a nice surprise to start Valentine’s Day weekend. Health First associates gave gifts to 160 seniors at the Trinity Towers South in Melbourne. [TRENDING: Your funniest Valentine’s Day stories | Big snake: 16-foot python caught in Fla. | Video: Mom tackles accused peeper]This is the second year Health First shared gift packages with Trinity Towers South. The packages included breakfast, arts and crafts and crossword puzzles.
Florida’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 23,000 as state continues to report high infection rate
ORLANDO, Fla. – As cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to climb Floridians are eager to receive a vaccine as soon as possible. “Health First is honored to be able to continue to protect our community from COVID-19,” Health First Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker said. The vaccines come after Florida reported its highest total of new cases for 2020 on Thursday with close to 20,000 new cases. [Register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida here]Both Orange and Marion counties reported single-day records when it comes to positive coronavirus cases. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
Health First receives nearly 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Brevard seniors, health care workers
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County is gearing up to begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations to people ages 65 and older, as well as health care workers who provide direct patient care. We are appreciative of @GovRonDeSantis and @FLSERT Director Jared Moskowitz, for their efforts to provide us with nearly 2,000 Pfizer vaccines. — Health First (@Health_First) January 8, 2021“Health First is honored to be able to continue to protect our community from COVID-19,” Health First Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker said. Healthcare workers who sign up to receive a vaccine must bring a photo ID or healthcare badge for proof of identity. They should also include COVID-19 vaccine as the reason for their visit and fill in all of the required fields.
Health First workers’ spouses vaccinated ahead of general public, sparking anger for some
Health First said when it became clear that he supplies would be available after vaccinating healthcare workers, the health system expanded its offerings, it stated. But the news that Health First spouses were even in line to get the vaccine ahead of other health care professionals was enough to produce anger from some in the medical community. Several health care workers who asked to remain anonymous emailed FLORIDA TODAY to express their frustration. It’s not known whether the vaccine will halt transmission, meaning vaccinated health workers may still be capable of passing the virus onto those around them. Along with the push to vaccinate health workers, Florida has already been vaccinating residents of long-term care facilities.
COVID-19 nurse first to receive Moderna vaccine at Brevard County hospital
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Brevard County’s largest hospital group said it received its first doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday for frontline workers and high-priority patients. The hospital chain said its first shipment arrived at Holmes Regional Medical Center and the staff immediately got to work administering shots to 72 people. Health First said after the first shot, recipients will be scheduled for their second shot, happening in the next four weeks. After arriving at Holmes Monday, Health First said the Moderna vaccine is also available at its three other Brevard hospitals. Health First said its 2,500 frontline workers have a choice - they can decide not to get the vaccine if they don’t want to.
37-year-old woman fatally struck by vehicle, Cocoa Beach police say
COCOA BEACH, Fla. – A vehicle exiting Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital struck and killed a pedestrian Sunday night, according to the Cocoa Beach Police Department. Police said the victim was a 37-year-old woman. Her name has not been released. The blue 2011 Volkswagen is believed to have exited the parking lot of Cape Canaveral Hospital and pulled onto State Road 520 around 10 p.m. when the crash occurred, records show. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868-3251.
High coronavirus positive case rate reveals flaws in Florida Department of Health report
Some of the private laboratories are not reporting any negative tests but hundreds of positive COVID-19 tests. In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs werent reporting negative test result data to the state. Health First, a Brevard County health care provider, has seven labs with only positive test results, per the state numbers. News 6 reached out to the facilities across Central Florida with high positivity rates in the state report. A review of the state report found that the hospitals testing data shared with News 6 does not match for St.
Health First to relocate Cape Canaveral Hospital to Merritt Island, open new facilities
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Health First is planning a $600 million restructuring that involves opening new facilities and moving Cape Canaveral Hospital to Merritt Island, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. The Merritt Island location, at the current site of Merritt Island Pro Health and Fitness center near the Merritt Square Mall, will be the new site of Cape Canaveral Hospital. Both the Palm Bay and Merritt Island facilities will have centers for mammograms and other breast-treatment services. It operates Holmes Regional, Palm Bay Hospital, Viera Hospital and Cape Canaveral Hospital, as well as health insurance plan and other health care facilities. Rusty Fischer, president of the Cape Canaveral Hospital District, said it is too early to speculate on what will happen with the current hospital facilities.