Governor-elect Tony Evers continues to fill out the leadership roster for his upcoming administration, naming additional department leaders Thursday morning in Madison. The Society regularly works closely with two of the departments involved in today’s appointments: the Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
Evers named Andrea Palm as his incoming DHS Secretary. Palm was most recently Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration and also served as the senior health policy advisor to then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“We’re looking forward to sitting down with Secretary Palm and her leadership staff very soon,” said Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA. “She has a wealth of experience in health care policy, including extensive efforts fighting the opioid crisis and improving health care access for millions of Americans. That squares with some of the important work Wisconsin physicians tackle every day, so we anticipate a very positive and productive relationship.”
Evers’ nominee as DSPS secretary is Dawn Crim, who worked with Evers at the Department of Public Instruction as an assistant state superintendent. DSPS is the administrative agency housing the state’s Medical Examining Board, which is responsible for physician licensing and discipline.
The governor-elect has one nomination remaining as his inauguration date approaches on Monday, January 7 – the leader of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority – and all nominations require State Senate confirmation.
Contact Mark Grapentine, JD in the Society’s Government Relations department for more information.
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