Thursday, January 18, 2007

Spitzer names NYC hospital CEO as state health commissioner

Newsday AP Story

It appears Eliot has hit a home run with this appointment.......andy

"ALBANY, N.Y. -- The chief executive of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan was to be named Thursday as the state's new health commissioner, a spokeswoman for Gov. Eliot Spitzer said. Dr. Richard Daines would succeed Dr. Antonia Novello if approved by the state Senate, Spitzer spokeswoman Christine Anderson said. Daines will help oversee plans to modernize the state's health care system and save up to $800 million a year in Medicaid and other insurance costs." for the here..........meanwhile Liz Benjamin(Capitol Confidential) has Health Care Reax To Daines "The early reaction from the health care industry to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s selection of Dr. Richard Daines to be his new health commissioner is positive." let me give you one more quote from her story "The Greater New York Hospital Association, which is the employer ally of the health care union SEIU/Local 1199, called Daines “an inspired choice,” adding:
“Dr. Daines is a highly respected clinician and administrator who has served New York’s people, health care community, and academic medical infrastructure since 1987, first at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan.
He has been invaluable to New York’s health care community through his work in quality and patient safety. Indeed, Dr. Daines is renowned as an innovator in quality improvement, with a deep interest and expertise in quality measurement. As DOH Commissioner, he will strengthen New York’s position as a national leader in this area and assume a central role in setting State and national policy for all facets of health care performance improvement.
We give Dr. Daines our hearty congratulations.”

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