NEA/MEA Names Melinda Benton to Serve as CEO

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National Electronic Attachment/Medical Electronic Attachment(NEA/MEA), a leading healthcare IT company specializing in electronic attachments, announced today that its board of directors has named Melinda (Lindy) Benton new CEO. She was selected to serve as CEO after founder and president, Tom Hughes announced his retirement after 23 years in the healthcare industry.

National Electronic Attachment/Medical Electronic Attachment (NEA / MEA) today announced that its board of directors has named Melinda (Lindy) Benton to serve as the company's chief executive officer.

Benton, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of The Sage Group, plc, has spent her career in a range of healthcare general management, operations, sales and marketing positions. Prior to Sage, Benton was with the Cerner Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation.

"We are excited to have Lindy join the NEA/MEA team," said Bryce Youngren, Chairman of the Board of NEA/MEA. "Lindy's track record in building successful organizations based on establishing great customer relationships and leveraging product value will be key in taking NEA and MEA to the next level," added Youngren.

"Our search for a new leader has been focused and thorough," said Youngren. "Tom Hughes created a tremendous enterprise, and we needed a candidate who could continue the significant legacy Tom has created." Benton, when asked about her new position, said, "I am looking forward to the opportunity to increase Payor activity in the MEA side of the business and develop strategic partnerships with vendors and providers."

Thomas (Tom) Hughes, current CEO /President and Founder of NEA and MEA, is retiring after 23 years in the healthcare industry and will remain on the board.

About NEA / MEA
NEA / MEA, The Recognized Leader in Electronic Attachments for the health-care industry offers systems designed to make insurance attachment submissions and processing as easy as possible for the patient, the provider and the payor. NEA has been a member of the INC. 5000 fastest growing companies in America for the last three years. For more information on NEA, visit For more information on MEA, visit


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