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Health First Palm Bay Hospital Pleased to Announce Opening of MRI Suite

Rockledge, FL (May 12, 2014) – Health First Palm Bay Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art MRI suite. The MRI exam room size is nearly three times larger than its prior location with an expansive window that allows natural light into the scan room to help ease patients that may be experience apprehension for the procedure. It also features a skylight picture view light fixture above the scanner table so patients have the feeling they are looking out a window. 

“We are proud to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our community. It truly supports our mission to provide exceptional care and improved patient experience,” said Judy Gizinski, Chief Operating Officer for Health First Palm Bay Hospital.  “We believe our patients will enjoy the more spacious but yet private and more peaceful setting. We are happy to be able to offer this incredible technology while we meet this need for people in our own community.”

Photo: Pictured L-R Chief Operating Officer of Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Judy Gizinski; Manager of Radiology Karen Meyer; and Director of Clinical Operations

Steven Kleckowski

The MRI magnet is a GE 1.5 Tesla Signa Excite 16x High Definition EchoSpeed 8 Channel MRI Scanner. Health First Palm Bay Hospital will be able to offer moderate sedation to patients who require medication in order to relax to perform the scan. The area has a three bay staging area offering an expanded patient care area for pre and post-procedure. The area will have a TV viewable by patients while they are waiting for their procedure. 

Here are some additional interesting facts:

  • The first medical MRI was performed in 1977
  • The magnet is 1,500 times stronger than a refrigerator magnet and 30,000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field
  • Liquid helium keeps the magnet at a cool -454 degrees F

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is a fully integrated health system. The not-for-profit employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First 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 offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit for more information.