ROCKLEDGE, FL (October 25, 2016) – Health First is pleased to announce Joseph Gurri, MD, and Robert K. Henry have  joined the Health First Board of Trustees.

Dr. Gurri serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center and Health First’s Viera Hospital and is a member of the Health First Governance Committee and Finance Committee.

Joseph Gurri, MDDr. Gurri, a fourth generation physician, received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in general surgery and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He opened and ran a successful solo practice in Melbourne for 15 years before joining the multi-specialty group Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA) where he also served on its Board of Directors and spent 12 years as Assistant Medical Director.

 Always active in physician management, Dr. Gurri served as President of the Medical Staff at Holmes Regional Medical Center. Upon retiring from clinical practice, he joined Health First as Medical Director for Utilization Management for the Integrated Delivery Network’s four hospitals – Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital. He also served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Holmes Regional Medical Center, until his recent retirement.

 Dr. Gurri’s clinical focus was in breast cancer, laparoscopy and endocrine surgery and has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the University of Miami Medical Alumni Association for his efforts in providing state-of-the-art breast cancer care to economically underserved women in Brevard County.  He continues to have strong interests in physician issues and in community access to health care. 

Henry serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Cape Canaveral Hospital,Robert K. Henry Holmes Regional Medical Center and Viera Hospital and is a member of the Health First Audit and Compliance Committee and Finance Committee.


Currently retired, Henry previously served as Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Harris Corporation. While at Harris, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 16,000-person communications and information company providing hardware, system-software solutions and services to both government and commercial customers worldwide, with added responsibility for technology across the corporation.

Henry served as chairman and is currently a trustee of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.  He has served on various boards including the United Way of Brevard Board of Directors. 

Henry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s Degree in Management from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2015, Health First provided more than $129 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.