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Statement on Appointment of HHS Deputy Secretary


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON – “America’s Essential Hospitals applauds the selection of Mary Wakefield as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and urges the Senate to confirm her appointment.”

“Ms. Wakefield has a strong track record of service to the vulnerable populations that essential hospitals serve. Her work to strengthen the health care workforce, build health care equity, and reach those in greatest need make her ideally suited to this position.”

“America’s Essential Hospitals hopes for quick confirmation of Ms. Wakefield and looks forward to working with her and her colleagues at HHS to ensure health care access and healthier communities and people across the country.”

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals 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. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our more than 250 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional 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.

Carl Graziano


About the Author

Graziano is senior director of communications for America's Essential Hospitals.

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