Health First launches $600 million Space Coast hospital project, wellness villages

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 Health First is launching a $600 million project to open wellness villages and move Cape Canaveral Hospital to Merritt Island.

The health organization plans to open three wellness villages in Merritt Island, Melbourne and Palm Bay to services for Space Coast families.

Each village will offer a variety of services, which may include outpatient procedures, imaging and diagnostics, walking trails, and space for retail, food, fitness and community events.

The Melbourne village will be located next to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Palm Bay village will be located at the intersection of Malabar and Minton roads and the Merritt Island campus will be located at the current site of the Pro-Health and Fitness Center (at 255 Borman Dr.).

In addition, as part of the project, Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital will also relocate to the new Merritt Island village. The new hospital will have 120 private inpatient beds, short-stay capabilities for outpatient procedures, six operating suites and 28 private emergency department bays.

Construction will begin in 2020 for the Melbourne and Merritt Island wellness villages and in 2021 for the Palm Bay village.

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