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Statement on Nomination of Under Secretary of Health for Veterans Affairs

Statement on Nomination of Under Secretary of Health for Veterans Affairs 

Rich Umbdenstock
President And Ceo
American Hospital Association

March 18, 2015

We strongly support the nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as the Under Secretary of Health for Veterans Affairs.

 Dr. Shulkin’s rich health care background includes service as both a physician and a health system leader. Most recently, he served as president of Morristown Memorial Hospital and vice president of Atlantic Health in New Jersey. In addition, his experience as an internist gives him hands-on experience and understanding of patient concerns.

 Dr. Shulkin is passionate about patient safety and quality and has dedicated his career to providing the right care at the right time to patients. His deep knowledge and experience in running complex organizations coupled with his clinical background will serve America’s veterans well. We applaud his nomination and urge his swift confirmation to strengthen the care provided to our nation’s veterans. 

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