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Health First Awards 40 Nursing Scholarships to Associates

First Time Scholarships have been Awarded

Photo: Health First Awards 40 Nursing Scholarships to Associates - First Time Scholarships have been Awarded

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2015) - Health First is pleased to announce it has awarded nursing scholarships to 40 nurses from the organization, beginning with the fall 2015 semester. Funds for the 2015 Health First Foundation Nursing Scholarships were made possible by gifts to the Health First Foundation.

"We are pleased to invest in our Health First associates to help them achieve their academic goals, said Health First Chief Nursing Officer Connie Bradley, DNP. "These scholarships will allow our associates to expand their knowledge and skills, and continue their commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients and our community."

The 2015 Health First Foundation Nurse Scholarship is a new avenue to promote lifelong learning and an expanded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) workforce. During the event, scholarship winner and Health First‚??s Palm Bay Hospital Emergency Department nurse Dawn Yochim shared, "I have worked for Health First for four years and helping patients and families in their time of need is so satisfying for me. I am very grateful to be chosen for a scholarship to continue my education. This has given me an opportunity to advance my career faster than I could have ever done on my own."

Health First simultaneously increased the amount of tuition reimbursement for full- and part-time benefit-eligible associates enrolled in a BSN or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The enhanced tuition benefit increased to $5,000 for full-time associates and $2,500 for part-time associates in a MSN program and $3,000 for full-time associates and $1,500 for part-time associates in a BSN program per calendar year effective with the fall 2015 semester, which can be used in conjunction with the Foundation scholarship.

About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida‚??s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 8,000 associates. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition, it operates four hospitals (Health First‚??s Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First‚??s Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First‚??s Palm Bay Hospital and Health First‚??s Viera Hospital) and 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 also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit www.health-first.org for more information.