Steven Johnson, PhD

President & CEO, Health First

Steven Johnson is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for Health First’s Integrated Delivery Network, which includes Health First Health Plans and its 130,000 covered lives, four hospitals—Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne (514 beds), Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay (152 beds), Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach (150 beds) and Health First’s Viera Hospital in Melbourne (84 beds) — as well as many outpatient, diagnostic and treatment centers, a multi-specialty physician practice, a network of fitness and wellness services and the only Heart Center and Level II Trauma Center in Brevard County.

Under Johnson’s leadership, Health First has become an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) focused on wellness and prevention.

Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Hospital Association.

Prior to joining Health First, Johnson served as the President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health Care — St. Louis (SSMHC), a seven-hospital system based in Missouri. Johnson began his career as a Clinical Psychologist and then served as administrator for a state-run residential rehabilitation center. He later served as a regional vice president for a rehabilitative services company that provides healthcare services in sub-acute and post-acute settings. He also served as the executive director of a behavioral health managed-care organization.

With more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, a proven track record of successfully bringing together a diverse healthcare system and a commitment to improving the health of the entire community, Johnson served in several capacities with SSMHC after he was selected as the Vice President of SSM Behavioral Health Services in 1997. Six years later, Johnson was promoted to president of both the rehabilitation and behavioral health services in the region. In 2007, he was asked to serve as president of DePaul Health Center, a 460-bed hospital within the SSMHC system. He was subsequently appointed as President of Hospital Operations for the regional system with revenues of $1.5 billion.

After earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound (Wash.), Johnson earned his Master of Science degree in Human Development and a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.