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James Nominated as Health Secretary
September 28, 2008

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced his nomination of Mr. Everette James to serve as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. James has been a senior advisor to the governor on public health, insurance, and pension matters since March 2007.  Prior to joining the Rendell administration, he practiced health care and regulatory law and served as a federal official in the Clinton administration.

As Pennsylvania’s top health regulator, James will be responsible for carrying out the Health department’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all citizens. In addition to regulating health facilities, other priorities include implementing the governor’s health care reforms, improving citizen access to care, and maximizing Pennsylvania’s share of federal health funding.
         
The Department of Health is comprised of four deputates: Health Planning and Assessment, Quality Assurance, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Administration. The department’s Office of Public Health Preparedness leads efforts to prevent and respond to health emergencies and disasters.

James appointment is effective September 27. Pending confirmation by the Senate, James will succeed Dr. Calvin Johnson, who recently resigned to return to the private sector.

Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure.

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