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SEARCH COMMISSION TO SEEK NEW VA UNDER SECRETARY FOR HEALTH

 WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown has announced the establishment of a commission to recommend candidates to lead the nation's veterans health-care system.
 In accordance with a federal statute, the 10-member commission will screen candidates for under secretary for health, the top official in the Veterans Health Administration. The commission's recommendations will go to Brown, who will forward the list, along with his comments, to the president. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
 Said Brown, "It is my hope and expectation that this process will result in the selection of a dynamic individual with the stature and vision to assist in effecting reform both in veterans health-care eligibility and in national health care."
 The commission will seek candidates who are physicians with outstanding clinical, managerial and leadership skills to replace Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., who is remaining as head of the medical system until a successor is named.
 VA's under secretary for health has responsibility for the largest health-care system in the nation, with 171 hospitals and hundreds of other health-care facilities. VA treats some 2.5 million veterans each year.
 VA Deputy Secretary Hershel Gober will chair the commission, whose membership criteria also are defined by law. Named to serve are: Dr. John W. Rowe, president, Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, president, Institute of Medicine; L. Thompson Bowles, M.D., Ph.D., president, National Board of Medical Examiners, and chairman, VA Special Medical Advisory Group; Dr. Edward J. Stemmler, executive vice president, Association of American Medical Colleges; Richard M. Ryan Jr., Sc.D., executive dean, Tufts University School of Medicine; Dr. Donald Custis, a former VA chief medical director and assistant executive director for health policy, Paralyzed Veterans of America; Vernice Ferguson, R.N., former VA assistant chief medical director for nursing programs; David W. Gorman, assistant national legislative director for medical affairs, Disabled American Veterans; and John F. Sommer Jr., executive director, The American Legion.
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 /CONTACT: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Affairs, 202-535-8300/


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