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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 IDAS™ installation."

Read all about the success Health First had with the IDAS system. (pdf)