FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2015
Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034
Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
ANA Applauds Appointment of Mary Wakefield as Acting Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the appointment of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, as acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Wakefield, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, currently serves as the administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an HHS agency.
“Mary is an exceptional nurse leader whose expertise will enhance HHS efforts to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential health care services,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “In making this appointment, we applaud Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell for recognizing the outstanding job Mary has done at HRSA in expanding and improving services for the uninsured and underrepresented.”
Wakefield was appointed HRSA administrator in 2009. Previously, she served as the associate dean for rural health at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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