Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sinai President Named to Goverment Commission

Neil Meltzer, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sinai Hospital, has been named to the U.S. Government Accountability Office's National Health Care Workforce Commission. The new commission consists of 15 members that are appointed by Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO.

The commission, which was created under the health care reform law, will play a key role in recommending ways to create a robust health care workforce, such as the need for more primary care physicians, and to ensure improvement in the overall quality of care. Commission members will act as a resource for Congress, the President, and state officials, plus encourage and evaluate educational and training activities.

As the immediate past National Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association and President of Sinai Hospital, Meltzer is highly qualified to advise policy makers on ways to improve and expand the health care workforce.

"It is an honor to have an opportunity to work on behalf of those in Baltimore and beyond in helping to shape programs and policies," Meltzer says. "I look forward to ensuring that we have a well-trained health care workforce that can meet the current and future needs of all Americans."

Meltzer earned his bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in Public Health and Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

You can read an interview with the Baltimore Sun and Meltzer about his position here.

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