Health First Announces May as Integrated Delivery Network Month

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Health First is proud to announce May as Integrated Delivery Network Month and will be celebrating its associates for their dedication to supporting the system's mission to positively change the health and well-being of the community it serves.

As an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), we are able to provide the right care at the right place and at the right time in a seamless continuum of care. Through nationally recognized health insurance plans, four hospitals, multi-physician specialty group and extensive outpatient and wellness services, Health First provides care for the people in our communities through all phases of life.

"While there are many national observances dedicated to honoring hospitals, providers and specific illnesses, we realized there was not a month celebrating Integrated Delivery Networks," said Health First President & CEO Steve Johnson. "The creation of Health First IDN Month is a reflection of the future of healthcare. We focus on the health and wellness of our community, as well as providing care to all people, regardless of their ability to pay." said Johnson.

As a locally operated health insurance company, Health First Health Plans serves as the integrator of our IDN. The Health Plan ensures that care focuses on prevention and wellness and when care is needed it occurs swiftly and in exactly the right clinical setting. Health First is working to change the model of health care from sick care to what it should be: prevention and wellness.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated health system and employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County's only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers.

CONTACT: Laura Manning Media Relations Specialist 321-434-7678Source: Health First