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June 6, 2012

On June 4, 2012, Health First Network welcomed Richard M. Tuten as the company’s new President & Chief Executive Officer. Richard is replacing the former President & CEO Charles Brewer who is retiring from Health First Network after 12 years with the company.

Richard has over 30 years experience in health care. Beginning his career as a Respiratory Therapist, he spent several years as an instructor of Respiratory Therapy at Columbus State University in Georgia. After earning his masters degree in health service administration, he served as vice president of a large teaching hospital with responsibility for fourteen clinical departments. During that time he completed his Juris Doctor degree at Georgia State University, College of Law. Richard has specialized in health care regulatory affairs, transactions, and operations.

Prior to becoming the CEO of Health First Network, Richard worked in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer of a regional Medicare Advantage HMO and Primary Care Physician organization. As a Consulting CEO, Richard guided the early creation of Florida's Health Insurance Exchange. In addition, he has advised numerous Medicare and Medicaid insurers on improving operational efficiencies and implementing health care regulatory reform.

Richard is excited to bring his level of expertise to Health First Network, where he will be responsible for operations and long-range strategic planning that will benefit patients, physicians and the communities of Northwest Florida.

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