The Health First Foundation helps improve the health and well-being of residents in our community by raising funds to support and advance the mission of Health First and its family of charitable healthcare providers.

What We Do

The need for philanthropic support across our health care organization grows each year. As a not-for-profit, Health First is a community-owned health care system. There are no shareholders, and any incomes above revenues received for care are invested back into our facilities to improve and upgrade services to better care for our community. As a charitable organization, Health First hospitals care for everyone in our community who needs our services, including those who cannot pay for their care.

Health First is the largest provider of charitable health care in Brevard County, and in recent years this care has exceeded $15 million annually. The uncompensated care for those who do not pay for all their services regularly exceeds $37 million.

Through the generosity of the Brevard County community, the Health First Foundation has been able to support a wide array of health care initiatives across Health First. Through the years these have included:

  • New Heart Center, Trauma Center and Emergency Department's at Holmes
  • Life-saving equipment — Digital Mammography, Anesthesia machines, eICU Patient Monitoring System, da Vinci Robotic Surgical equipment
  • Specialized programs for cancer, diabetes, heart and stroke
  • Construction of the William Childs Hospice House
  • Indigent Patient Assistance
  • First Flight night-vision equipment for First Flight
  • Scholarships for students pursuing medical careers
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holmes
  • Hospice Patient Care
  • Expansion of Health First's Palm Bay Hospital from 50 to 150 beds
  • New ICU at Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital
  • Chapels and spiritual care programs at all four Health First Hospitals and much more.

Health First Foundation is about supporting Brevard from the inside out, making our community healthier and financially stronger every day. Yes, the business impact of Health First is monumentally positive - our contributions to the local economy are substantial, diverse and increasing. But, it's your contributions that help us go above and beyond in our vital mission of wellness. When you give generously through the Health First Foundation, you prove your commitment to health and wellness for everyone in Brevard. We strongly believe that our donors share our view that philanthropy is best when it starts at home. A commitment to Health First is a commitment to Brevard's health... and that's why people give.