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Health First Pleased to Welcome Two New Board of Trustees Members

Rockledge, FL (January 28, 2014) – Health First is pleased to announce Alan Prestwood and Jim Ridenour have been elected to its Board of Trustees. Their terms began January 1, 2014.

Health First Board of Trustees Member Alan Prestwood:

Alan Prestwood currently serves as Senior Vice President of Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Melbourne. A financial advisor since 1989, his practice focuses on financial planning and portfolio management prior to and during retirement. Prestwood is a former board member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, the Masters Workshop and the Carriage Gate Neighborhood Association.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition and the Evans Center. Prestwood is also vice president of the Hosts of Brevard and serves his church in the greeting ministry. He earned his BS in Business and MBA from Florida Tech, where he now sits on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association.






Health First Board of Trustees Member Jim Ridenour:

Jim Ridenour currently serves as Dual General Manager for the Residence Inn by Marriott in Melbourne and the Courtyard by Marriott in West Melbourne. He joined Marriott International in 1993. Ridenour served in the U.S. Air Force as Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander for Operations, Vice Wing Commander, and Director of Command and Control Systems for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

He is the current Vice Chair for Advocacy of the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Ridenour is also on the boards for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Brevard County Economic Development Commission. He is also a Medicare Representative on the Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (MPAC) Board. Ridenour is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association of America. He is a graduate of Ball State University, earned his MS from Central Michigan University and is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College.



About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First, an integrated delivery network, employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral 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.