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Health First Viera Health Park
Health First Viera Health Park

Health First Viera Health Park

Serving the needs of the people in the Viera Community. Offering the opportunity for quality living. Providing the means for healthy lifestyles.

These are the shared vision and determined goals of the founders of the Viera Community and the of the Health First Viera Health Park. Together, they have been striving to make these dreams a reality for years.

The aim of the Viera Company has been to develop a community where artistic, progressive design and fully modernized amenities can work in communion with wildlife concerns and conservative efforts, to give its residents an overall, superlative living experience.

Similarly, Health First's mission is "to positively change the health and wellness of the communities" they serve. It also partners with other medical practitioners and organizations, like the Brevard Health Alliance to better accommodate growing medical needs. As Central Florida's only fully-integrated health system, Health First serves many communities, and offers a wide range of the most up-to-date treatments, as well as top quality, in-patient and out-patient services.

The health system was formed in August of 1995 but its roots run all the way back to 1937, when Brevard Hospital first opened in Melbourne, FL. From the humble beginnings of 27 beds, that hospital has grown to 514 beds, the largest in Brevard County and is now called the Holmes Regional Medical Center (HRMC). HRMC joined forces with the Cape Canaveral Hospital, and Palm Bay Hospital in 1995 bound by the common mission of improved healthcare for the county. Collectively they became the Health First Health System. In the ensuing years, its own multi-specialty physicians group, health insurance plans, specialized facilities and a fourth hospital were added to the fold.

Located on North Wickham Road, just a short hop off Interstate-95, the Viera facilities are known as the Viera Health Park.  This 50-acre complex comprises the Viera Hospital, the newest Health First Pro-Health and Fitness Center, and a Medical Plaza. Included in these is the Space Coast Cancer Center (or Health First Cancer Institute).

Viera Hospital

Viera Hospital, Viera, FL
Viera Hospital

Viera Hospital is located at the Southwest corner of Wickham Road and Lake Andrew Drive. It opened in April of 2011 and is a state-of-the-arts facility. It contains 100 beds, 84 of which are in private, in-patient bedrooms. There is also a 24-hour emergency room that allows medical personnel to treat a range of ailments, and well equipped surgical rooms with full capabilities. The five-story hospital also boasts the latest in high tech, diagnostic and lab services, including the Brevard area's fastest CT and PET scans, the latest in nuclear medical technology and a cardiac catherization lab.

As with the other Health First Hospitals, this one also houses a Cancer Institute that offers a variety of cancer treatment that are not available anywhere else in the county. Among those are interventional, surgical, medical and radiation oncology.  The campus also has a helipad and is serviced by First Flight, the air ambulance company that is based out of the region's only trauma center at Holmes Regional Medical Center.

Just outside the tall glass doors of the hospital, close to the entrance, patients have access to a conveniently located bus stop. They can travel along the covered walkway which surrounds a beautiful courtyard, to find the Medical Plaza. Within the walls of the three-story building, are the offices of specialized practitioners from various branches of medicine, and additional diagnostic facilities.

Pro-Health & Fitness Center

Pro-Health & Fitness Center
Pro-Health & Fitness Center

The Pro-Health & Fitness Center is located just a short walk further, on the health park grounds. This 68,000-sq. ft., two story, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art facility is a health enthusiast's dream.

Fitness evaluations and body composition analysis offer a smart primary step in patrons' fitness journey. Certified personal trainers can be scheduled for goal specific programs and one-on-one training sessions. These may entail working with the equipment, or private, specialized workouts. As far as equipment, the TRX Suspension Trainer stands out above the rest and offers a complete, world class workout. Guests also now have the option of Pilates "Reformer" and "Chair" training, in group or individual classes.

In keeping with its "pro-health" principles, there are also various wellness opportunities. The staff nutritionist is available for nutritional counseling to help develop personalized weight management plans or recommend available packages. LivFit, a 15 week, behavior modification and weight loss program, is one such option.

The Health First Medical Rehabilitation Center is located within the building, in the west wing. It is utilized by those requiring more intense treatment and advanced therapy.

There are so many other benefits and services offered by this premiere facility. Among them is the aquatic fitness classes. Children and adults of all ages and skill levels can take swim lessons year-round, in the 25-yard, heated, indoor pool. Practitioners also find this the perfect accommodation for their patients' aqua therapy sessions. There are basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts, an indoor track and a cycling room, as well.

After an intense workout, or a grueling day at work, many take full advantage of the sauna and steam rooms. A very popular treat, or necessity for some, is the massage therapy, to relieve their sore muscles, pain, or stress. Experienced staff employ proven techniques to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation.

Parents can rest assured because there are many activities for the kids to participate in. Besides age appropriate training classes, there are special KidFit hours offered seven days a week, when trained and certified attendants provide fun and educational childcare.

The center is open to guests and members from 5 AM to 10 PM, Monday - Thursday; 5 AM to 9 PM on Fridays; and 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Guest passes can be purchased at the facility and prices vary according to need. Membership allows access to all three Health First fitness facilities and may be a more cost efficient option. These range from individual and family, senior, and corporate plans. Health First health plan member enjoy free membership and may only have to pay for additional family members.

As part of the Health First health system, Viera Hospital and Pro-Health & Fitness are not-for-profit/community minded organizations. This means they are run by a local board of trustees that balances the financial decisions with community concerns. No "private" person or corporation makes a profit from these facilities. Rather, all income generated above the operating expenses is used to promote the health of the community.  This affords for a complete spectrum of care, which includes education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment and allows comprehensive care complexes, like the Health First Viera Health Park, to exist and thrive.

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