Meet the MatrixCare Team – Leaders in Long-Term Care and EHR Technology

John Damgaard

John Damgaard, President and Chief Executive Officer

John Damgaard became President of MatrixCare® in September 2012 and Chief Executive Officer in August 2013. Damgaard brings an exceptional record in healthcare technology solutions and has a comprehensive background in various areas including client services, healthcare software solutions development, interoperability, sales, and marketing. Prior to MatrixCare, Damgaard was Chief Operating Officer at Mediware Information Systems Inc. and also held business management and technical positions with CGN and Associates, Maytag Corporation and IBM. Damgaard earned an MBA from Bradley University and a Bachelor of Arts of Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.

Ed Scott

Ed Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Ed Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for MatrixCare, is a seasoned sales leader with a track record of building efficient sales organizations and exceeding goals in a competitive HIT market. Scott joined MatrixCare in 2014 as VP of Sales for MatrixCare and was appointed to his current role in 2018. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Scott was VP of Sales and Marketing for NTT Data Healthcare Technologies’ acute care hospital solutions. Before NTT, he was Corporate Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Golden Living, the third largest skilled nursing provider in the U.S. Scott has held leadership positions at Quadramed, Mediware, and Intelistaff Healthcare in addition to software sales roles at AEQ, Medicus, and McKesson. He holds an MBA and a BS in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Gary Pederson

Gary Pederson, Executive Vice President, Connected Health & Wellness

Gary Pederson joined MatrixCare in October 2016 as Senior Vice President, Life Plan Communities (LPC) Solutions.  Pederson serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and has full responsibility for MatrixCare’s LPC Solutions business unit, including sales, account retention, marketing, operations and research & development. He reports to MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard.

Prior to joining MatrixCare, Mr. Pederson served as president of two business units of Ascend Learning, LLC, a Providence Equity Partners portfolio company.  Prior to Ascend, Mr. Pederson spent 15 years in various management capacities with Cerner Corporation, most recently serving as U.S. Vice-President / General Manager Healthe (Population Health) Division where he grew division revenues from $5M to $70M in a three-year span, earning the VP/General Manager of the Year award in 2010.  Prior to Cerner, Mr. Pederson spent ten years collectively with Toshiba Medical Systems and Siemens Medical Systems in management capacities.

Brian Peters, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Brian Peters joined MatrixCare as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office in April 2019. He brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and technology. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Peters has held multiple CIO positions within the acute care and post-acute care provider community.  He has extensive experience in implementation and on-going support of acute and post-acute EMRs as well as the utilization of analytics. He has been involved with multiple HIEs to bring the healthcare continuum together to provide a single patient/resident clinical and financial view. Peters holds an MBA from Butler University and a BS in Business from Taylor University.

Dheeraj Mahajan

Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, MBA, MPH, FACP, CMD, CIC, CHCQM

Dr. Dheeraj Mahajan joined MatrixCare as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in June 2019 bringing a wealth of experience to his role. He is president and CEO of Chicago Internal Medicine Practice and Research (CIMPAR, SC) and leads its affiliated group of companies. Dr. Mahajan is also the clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is also attending physician in the Loyola University affiliated geriatrics fellowship program at Hines VA hospital. He is a Fellow of American College of Physicians and Board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mahajan is a certified medical director, a certified physician advisor in utilization review and healthcare quality management and is certified in infection control and epidemiology. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert and speaker on physician payment models, clinical documentation improvement, denial management, quality measurement in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) and transitional care quality improvement. Dr. Mahajan received his MBA with concentration in entrepreneurship and MPH in Health policy analysis from university of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of interest in research include antimicrobial stewardship, quality measures, health information exchange and interoperability.

James Evans

James Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

James Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MatrixCare, joined the company in April 2013. Evans has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, financial management, information technology and strategy, and has held senior financial positions at Calabrio, Land ‘O Lakes and NRG Energy. He has extensive experience in budgeting and forecasting, process improvement, mergers and acquisitions, and financial systems. Evans holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Joe Weber

Joe Weber, Senior Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer

Joe Weber became Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer for MatrixCare in May 2014. Mr. Weber has over 20 years of global healthcare product development and strategic planning expertise, embedded systems and medical device expertise, and product portfolio management experience. He has held leadership positions at such companies as Haemonetics, Boston Scientific, Emageon, and KPMG. Mr. Weber has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University. He is a published author of international best sellers on Java development and is a frequent national speaker on innovation, Java, and product excellence.

Kevin Whitehurst

Kevin Whitehurst, Senior Vice President, Skilled Nursing Solutions

Kevin Keith Whitehurst, Senior Vice President, Skilled Nursing Solutions, has been a key player in LTPAC technology since 1990. Whitehurst has held many leadership positions including IT Director for one of the first developers of MDS software systems to, most recently, SVP, Client Services for MatrixCare. In his current role, he is responsible for the success of the Skilled Nursing Solutions Group and oversees Product Management, Professional Services, Sales and Marketing, and Client Support for that group. A 26 year veteran, Whitehurst has dedicated his career to improving Skilled Nursing Providers experience with technology. Whitehurst holds degrees from San Bernardino Valley College and the Los Angeles School of Business and also served in the U.S Air Force.

Lee Kilmer

Lee Kilmer, Senior Vice President, Product Management & Commercialization

Lee Kilmer joined MatrixCare in June 2016 as Vice President of Product Management. He has more than 24 years of experience in enterprise software leading product management, strategy, and development. Kilmer has extensive experience in the areas of analytics, healthcare interoperability, cloud computing, and user experience. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Kilmer held leadership positions in product management and product development at Infor Global Solutions and Lawson Software.

Navin Gupta

Navin Gupta, Vice President, Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty

Navin Gupta is Vice President, Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty. Gupta joined MatrixCare in 2016 as Senior Director, Software Engineering and moved to his current role in September 2018. He brings a strong leadership skillset with an interdisciplinary background of business and technology. With over 20+ years’ experience in different domains (healthcare, security and telecommunication) he has participated in leading existing and brand-new product introductions on various platforms. Prior to joining MatrixCare, Gupta held technical and management positions with Philips Healthcare, United Technologies and Siemens at various locations in India, Germany and USA. He holds an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, a Masters in MIS from Florida State University, and a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University.

Louis Lenzmeier

Louis Lenzmeier, Vice President, Partner Ecosystems

Louis Lenzmeier joined MatrixCare in October 1999 and has led Business Development efforts since January 2013. Previously, he served as the Director of Marketing for MatrixCare for several years. During his tenure in Business Development, Lenzmeier has built the MatrixCare Connections partner program, strategically identifying product and service partners for the broad MatrixCare client base. Prior to his tenure at MatrixCare, Lenzmeier worked in the provider environment having held positions in ICF-MRs owned by Catholic Charities. Lenzmeier holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and is past member of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. He also volunteers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Minnesota and Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, MN.