IDAS Narrowbands Hospital Network
Known as the Florida’s ‘Space Coast’ where America’s Space Program was born,
Brevard County has more than 500,000 residents in 16 municipalities and unincorporated
areas. Located only 35 miles east of Orlando, Brevard County has 70
miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches from north to south. Home to the Kennedy Space
Center, Port Canaveral—the world’s second busiest cruise port—the county also
has "the largest collection of endangered wildlife in the continental United States,"
according to the Brevard County government website.
Brevard County is also home to Health First’s family of not-for-profit hospitals:
Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Health First Cape Canaveral
Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Health First Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay, and
Health First Viera Hospital in Viera. The Health First integrated healthcare network
also includes outpatient centers, fitness facilities, HMO health plans, and the county’s
only Trauma Center.
The locally-based healthcare system officially opened in August 1995, although
Health First’s roots to the area date back to 1937 when Health First Holmes
Regional originally opened as Brevard Hospital. With a mission of "positively changing
the health and well-being of the community," Health First’s network of hospitals
and services remains vitally-connected to Brevard County. The healthcare
system currently offers advanced treatment programs including, but not limited to:
Minimally-Invasive Surgery, Heart & Vascular Services, and Orthopedic Services.
Authorized Icom dealer Terrycomm helped develop an extensive radio solution
based on the vision of Health First’s Safety & Security Department. Says
Terrycomm President Don Smith, "The Safety & Security Department was the
driving force in the upgrade of the radio system." For emergencies and dayto-
day activities, "Health First needed 100% coverage in all four hospitals with
connectivity to every portable radio—a feature that wasn’t available prior to the
Read all about the success Health First had with the IDAS system. (pdf)