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National Patient Advocate Foundation Announces 2009 Elections of Health Policy Leaders to Executive Board of Directors
Date:3/9/2009

Distinguished Leadership Dedicated to Finding the Most Effective Means to Provide Health Care Access to Millions of Patients Who Seek Assistance Nationwide

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) - a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of improved patient access to health care through public policy reform at the state and federal levels - announced this month the election of four new Executive Board members, all nationally respected healthcare reform leaders - Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President - Quality with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA); Professor Meg Gaines, current professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health; Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group; and Dr. Lovell A. Jones, Director of the Center for Research on Minority Health within the Department of Health Disparities Research and the Reproductive Biology Program within the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas in Houston. NPAF elected a new Board President, Christian Downs, M.H.A., J.D., who is the Deputy Director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) in Rockville, MD. NPAF also elected a new Chair, Dr. Robert M. Rifkin, Medical Director of Cellular Therapeutics at the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program in Denver; and a new Member, Dr. Pam Becker, attending physician in hematology and stem cell transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, to the Scientific Board. All newly elected members join NPAF with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the health care field and will each offer a unique and fresh perspective on dealing with the difficulties patients face today in accessing care.

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