32940 Magazine — 2012-2013
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Healthy Living
Maria Sonnenberg

Just what the doctor ordered for healthy living… Suntree & Viera

Indoors and out, healthy activities are everywhere

With its myriad outdoor opportunities, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a comprehensive network of healthcare providers, the 32940 area is all about living the healthy life.

The jewel in the crown of the area’s healthcare services is Health First Viera Hospital at the center of the unique 50-acre campus that encompasses the Medical Plaza at Viera Health Park and the Pro-Health and Fitness Center.

The five-story, 100-bed acute care hospital, just minutes from the I-95 corridor, overflows with cutting-edge technology and patient amenities. All ICU rooms are equipped with VitalWatch, the remote electronic ICU that adds an additional level of critical care to the already excellent standards established by Health First.

Adjacent to Viera Hospital is the Viera Medical Plaza, a onestop “healthcare shop” with multiple specialties that include the Space Coast Cancer Center, Brevard Cosmetic Surgery Group, the Viera Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Health First Physicians. A comprehensive range of diagnostic capabilities is also available, so patients need not run around town for their medical needs.

The Health First Physicians group includes primary care physicians in addition to specialist in internal medicine, neurology, general surgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonary issues and gynecology.

Dr. Richard Levine, founder of Space Coast Cancer Center, has dedicated his life to healing cancer patients. His philosophy of hope, health and healing continues in the Viera office, the newest facility for Space Coast Cancer Center and the one Levine considers will soon become a regional cancer center where patients can easily access complete diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy, radiation and the services of surgical sub-specialists located nearby.

An influx of healthcare providers has streamed into the 32940 area to meet the demands of this thriving community. University Center Imaging expanded into Suntree so residents could conveniently access the only full-service diagnostic imaging facility in the county. Accredited by the American College of Radiology and staffed by experienced, board-certified radiologists, University Center Imaging offers state-of-the-art ultrasound, CT, digital x-rays, echocardiograms, bone density DEXA scans, stroke screening, digital mammography and open bore MRI in an environment that stresses patient comfort and care. The Picture Archiving Communication System allows physicians to quickly access patient images and reports regardless of location.

“UCI has created the gold standard in outpatient radiology performance,” said director of operations Jenny Marshall. “We also have a very short turn-around report time and electronic access to patients’ images.”

Brevard Eye Center’s Suntree office is one of seven sister offices of the Space Coast’s leading eye professionals. Brevard Eye Center’s winning recipe for optimum eye health outcome is to combine the latest laser, surgical and pre-op testing equipment with some of the country’s most experienced and best-trained surgeons. “We’re a full-service one-stop shop for all of your family’s eye care needs,” said chief executive officer Gary Hardey.

In addition to the multi-doctor facilities such as Brevard Eye Center, the community is blessed with extensive network of independent physicians, such as obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Christine Thomas. Board certified since 2001, Thomas takes a holistic approach to medicine. She specializes in gynecological surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and complete laparoscopic hysterectomies. She specializes in solutions to difficult problems of hormone management, menopause and pelvic pain. Additional services include in-office ablations and tubal sterilizations. “In our independent practice, the total patient is our primary concern,” she said. “We pride ourselves in providing personal care.” Additional services include in-office ablations and tubal sterilizations.

The newest addition to the Pro-Health family of fitness facilities, Viera’s Pro-Health & Fitness Viera is a palace where healthy living reigns. The two-story, 6,800-square-foot complex provides unlimited fitness options with a vast array of the newest in exercise equipment, as well as group fitness and aquatic classes for every taste. Part of the building houses the Health First Medical Rehabilitation Center with a reputation for innovative intervention and rehabilitation modalities.

Pro-Health’s amenities include a temperature controlled lap pool, heated fitness and scuba pool, group exercise and yoga rooms, a cycling room with large screens and high-tech lighting and sound systems, two indoor racquetball courts, a gym with regulation basketball and volleyball courts, a well-appointed Pilates room, second-story indoor track, free-weights area, strength training equipment, cardiovascular equipment featuring personal viewing screens with CARDIO THEATER, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and upscale locker rooms with luxurious lounges and private changing rooms. Achieve personal fitness goals under the guidance of one of Pro-Health’s certified personal trainers.

The in-house café offers healthy breakfast, lunch and snack choices. Pro-Health’s customized LivFit, a 15-week program led by a team that includes a registered dietitian, behavior specialist, health educator and exercise professionals, incorporates exercise, nutrition and behavior modification.

With caring, experienced physicians ready to help, a worldclass fitness facility and a hospital designed for comfort and healing, the 32940 community invests in our biggest asset: our health.

An influx of healthcare providers has streamed into the 32940 area to meet the demands of this thriving community.
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