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Hospice of Health First announces the addition of three Associate Medical Directors

ROCKLEDGE, FL— Hospice of Health First has announced the addition of three new associate medical directors to its staff. Joining the Hospice of Health First team led by Dr. Ruddy Ruiz, will be Dr. Mario E. Ruberte, Dr. Chris Cobbold and Dr. Govind Sriramineni.

Mario Ruberte, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine physician with Health First Medical Group. He is also associate professor at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. He is a graduate of Catholic University of Puerto Rico, the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Medical School and the Fifth Pathway Program at New York Medical College. His residency was spent at Eastern Virginia Medical School and he spent one year as a hospitalist at Sentara Health Systems in Virginia Beach.

Chris Cobbold, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine physician with Health First Medical Group. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His residency was completed in Internal Medicine at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

Govind Sriramineni, MD is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with Health First Medical Group. He came to Brevard from Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, where he performed his residency in Internal Medicine. Before coming to the United States and gaining his citizenship, he worked in India as a primary care physician. He also attended medical school in India at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College.

"Adding these experienced physicians to our team will increase our ability to treat and manage the unique symptoms of our Hospice patients in their own homes, where they are most comfortable," said Steve Bice, executive director of Hospice of Health First. "At Hospice of Health First, we believe our patients and their families deserve the most quality and compassionate care we can provide," Bice added.

For 35 years, Hospice of Health First has been there for families as Brevard County's leading provider of hospice care. We focus on improving the quality of life for families dealing with a loved one's end-of-life illness. Each patient and his or her caregivers receive specialized and individualized care meeting their unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Focused on caring, instead of curing, Hospice care neither hastens nor prolongs the dying process, but does provide help and comfort in coping with a life-limiting illness. The professional staff of Hospice of Health First provides skilled nursing care and support services to meet the daily needs of the patient and family 24 hours/seven days a week. For more information, please call 321-952-0494 or visit

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About Health First
Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated health system. With a Mission to positively change the health and wellness of the communities we serve, Health First offers multiple commercial and Medicare health plan products, the latest technological advances and quality care through our four hospitals and numerous Outpatient & Wellness Services, including four fitness centers to help members of our community stay healthy. We offer Brevard's only Trauma and Heart Centers, and the Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County with 246 employed physicians.