HHS names five new regional directors

Five new regional directors for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The new HHS regional directors - Christie Hager, Jaime R. Torres, Joanee Grossi, Marguerite Salazar and Herb K. Schultz - will act as key representatives for Secretary Sebelius in working with federal, state, local and tribal officials on a host of health and social services.

"I am very pleased to welcome Christie, Jaime, Joanne, Marguerite, and Herb to HHS,” Sebelius said. “They will play a vital role in our department’s effort to effectively implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to achieve HHS’s mission to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services."

Ms. Hager is an adjunct lecturer on health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. She previously served as chief health counsel in the Office of the Speaker for the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Mr. Torres, currently associate director of consultative services at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, is the founder and president of Latinos for National Health Insurance, a national coalition working for equality in healthcare.

Ms. Grossi served for fives years as deputy secretary for health promotion and disease prevention at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, overseeing all of the state's public health programs.

Ms. Salazar is the president and CEO of Valley Wide Health Services, Inc., one of the largest rural community health centers in the nation. WHS provides primary care to more than 40,000 residents in Southern Colorado.

Mr. Schultz, currently a senior advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is also the director of the California Recovery Task Force, which is responsible for the oversight and implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.