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Association Supports Sylvia Mathews Burwell for HHS Secretary


June 2, 2014

Statement attributable to:

Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH

President and CEO

America’s Essential Hospitals


WASHINGTON—“America’s Essential Hospitals urges the Senate to act swiftly to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Burwell’s confirmation is critical to providing a steady hand to lead this vital department through the rapid changes occurring in health care coverage and delivery.

“Burwell’s extensive management experience, in particular her role in overseeing the budgets for Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, will make her an ideal candidate to lead HHS. Her abilities to collaborate, build relationships, and deliver results will be valuable assets as the department continues to roll out the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and works to ensure access to health care services for all.

“America’s Essential Hospitals looks forward to Burwell’s confirmation and a valuable and productive relationship with her and her colleagues at HHS.”

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our more than 200 members are vital to their communities, providing primary through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit to learn more.


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