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Health First Names Thomas Matenaer Medical Group CFO

ROCKLEDGE, FL (April 2, 2013) — Thomas M. Matenaer, CPA, has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Health First Medical Group, Brevard County’s largest multi-specialty physician group.

The creation of the Health First Medical Group comes following the successful acquisition of certain assets of Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA) in February.  The medical group is a combination of Health First’s existing Health First Physicians and MIMA physicians, and now includes 246 physicians and over 1040 associates.

In his role as CFO, Matenaer will be responsible for the overall financial operation and strategic financial planning for Health First Medical Group.

Matenaer has more than 30 years of experience in finance within the healthcare field.  He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for St. Joseph’s Medical Group (Dignity Health) in Phoenix, Arizona where he was responsible for directing and coordinating the financial reporting, payer contracting and business office for the 180+ provider medical group affiliated with a large integrated health system. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of The Advisory Board (Pivot Health) in Nashville, Tennessee, VP of Finance with Allina Hospitals and Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chief Financial Officer for Aspen Medical Group in St. Paul Minnesota.

Matenaer received his bachelor's degree in business administration (BBA) in Accounting and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Management from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Matenaer is a CPA and is married with three children.

“Health First welcomes Tom and his family to Brevard and to this exciting new venture,” said James Ronaldson, MD, Health First Medical Group. “The creation of Health First Medical Group allows us to strategically align physicians who share our vision and philosophies. We are confident in his abilities to keep us fiscally strong while we work to increase patient quality, safety, and the patient experience.”


About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First 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 offer a wide variety of health insurance plan options and Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. The non-profit offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit for more information.