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Through cutting-edge facilities, services and technology, Brevard County’s health care industry has made its way to the forefront of advanced care in the Central Florida region. Area hospital networks, cancer treatment organizations, private-practice professionals and others in the health and wellness community have risen to meet challenges of a diverse population with sophisticated needs.

Each of Brevard County’s full-service hospitals is owned and operated by one of three area hospital systems including Parrish Medical Center, which operates a full-service hospital in Titusville, as well as the Healthcare Center at Port St. John; Health First of Melbourne, which operates Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Health First’s Viera Hospital, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne and Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital; and Health Management Associates, Inc. of Naples which operates Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, as well as numerous other affiliated health care entities.

Health First’s 100-bed Viera Hospital opened in 2011, representing the highest standards in health care. The new hospital is part of the Viera Health Park, which includes a Medical Plaza, as well as the state-of-the-art Pro-Health & Fitness Center.

The Space Coast also is home to a growing number of specialty facilities, such as Kindred Health Care’s long-term acute care hospital in Melbourne. Devereux Florida has provided residential treatment programs to young people with mental illness and developmental disabilities in Viera since the 1980s. And in April of 2010, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children opened pediatric specialty services offices in Melbourne.

Specialized treatment organizations and facilities also abound in Brevard County

Cancer treatment organizations such as Space Coast Cancer Center, which is certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative® (QOPI®); Cancer Care Centers of Brevard; Health First Cancer Services Center, which now features Brevard County’s only female fellowship-trained breast cancer surgeon and also has plans to open two new breast centers in 2015; and TEPAS Breast Center, which specializes in breast cancer treatment, all employ the latest technology in the fight against cancer.

The Heart Center at Holmes Regional features state-of-the-art technology along with the county’s only Valve Clinic and Level II Trauma Center, and the Wuesthoff Heart Center in Rockledge provides all aspects of heart care, including prevention, diagnostics, treatment, open-heart surgery and rehabilitation. Meanwhile, Heart Care Centers of Florida in Titusville is dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease using cutting-edge procedures.

The area also has its share of large, well-respected medical practices, like Health First Medical Group, Brevard’s largest multi-specialty physician group with more than 240 physicians; Wuesthoff Physicians, a multi-specialty group acquired by Wuesthoff Health System; OMNI Healthcare, a multi-specialty physician group that represents about 50 physicians; as well as Medical Associates of Brevard (MAB) also a multi-specialty group with about 40 physicians.

The Brevard County Medical Society (BCMS) aims to enhance the practice of medicine and serve as a trusted resource for individuals seeking information on local health care professionals and organizations. And the Brevard Indo-American Medical & Dental Association (BIMDA), with a strong Indian membership of 180, engages in medical education, social interaction, professional development and charitable outreach among the area’s medical community.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services also are prevalent in Brevard County, with organizations like the five-office Beachside Physical Therapy, as well as those at or affiliated with hospitals and other independent practices. Health South Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the region’s premier institutions of its kind, and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Meanwhile, Consulate Health Care Services operates five skilled-nursing and short-term rehabilitation facilities throughout Brevard County.

And leading eye-care practices, such as Brevard Eye Center and Florida Eye Associates, each operate numerous facilities throughout the county.

For more information on Brevard County’s health and wellness offerings, visit SpaceCoastLiving.com