CentraState Healthcare System Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

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CentraState Healthcare System is pleased to announce the appointment of James Matera, DO, FACOI, as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer effective March 3, 2019. Dr. Matera has been a highly respected physician on staff at CentraState Medical Center for more than 20 years.

“Now, more than ever, health care will require strong, visionary medical leadership to work together to shape the future of health care. As a practicing nephrologist, a long-time member of our Medical Staff and a former President of the Medical/ Dental Staff, Dr. Matera is well prepared to face the challenges in front of us as health care in general, and CentraState in particular, evolves from what has historically been a volume-driven industry to what will become a value-driven profession,” comments John T. Gribbin, President & CEO of CentraState Healthcare System. “We are fortunate to have cultivated a group of Medical Staff leaders and executives, Dr. Matera among them, to shape this transition.”

Dr. Matera received a medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA and
completed his residency in internal medicine and was Chief Resident at Union Hospital in Union, NJ. There he earned both resident and intern of the year. He also completed post-doctoral training at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ with a fellowship in nephrology.

While serving in a leadership role with CentraState, Dr. Matera will also retain a small clinical practice, which will help him remain very aware of the challenges facing our physicians on a daily basis and will help him guide the changes CentraState will pursue in the interest of our patients.

“With all of the changes in health care going toward value-based medicine, there is a need for hospitals and doctors to work together to improve quality, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. We need strong leaders to bridge the gap and that is where I plan to focus my energies in this new role,” explains Dr. Matera. “We need to keep hospitals aligned for success, but also the physicians affiliated with the hospital need to be aligned for the transition that is occurring in health care. I look forward to helping hospital and physician providers adapt and prosper to these changes in medicine.”