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AACN Applauds Nomination of Distinguished Nurse Leader Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator

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For Immediate Release

AACN Applauds the Nomination of Distinguished Nurse Leader
Marilyn Tavenner for CMS Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC, November 29, 2011 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds the Obama administration for nominating Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, a leading voice for health care in the US, as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the official announcement made on November 23, 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that “Marilyn’s distinguished career in health care and deep knowledge of our efforts to implement health reform make her the right person for this job at this moment in history.  Her career as a nurse, hospital administrator, and Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources give her unique insights that position her well to serve as Administrator.”


As the Principal Deputy Administrator for CMS, Ms. Tavenner is a strong candidate to lead this federal agency, following the announcement that the current CMS Administrator Don Berwick, MD, MPP is stepping down. She brings a high-level working knowledge of the agency and its initiatives having served as Acting Administrator prior to her current appointment. Ms. Tavenner will again serve as the Acting Administrator after Dr. Berwick’s departure.


“Ms. Tavenner will bring a holistic view of the healthcare system to CMS, a federal agency that provides coverage to nearly one in every three Americans,” said AACN CEO Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN. “If confirmed, she will be a catalyst for change by helping to ensure access to high quality care for millions of individuals most in need of healthcare services. AACN is proud to see a nursing colleague nominated for this prestigious and influential national role.”


AACN thanks both Dr. Berwick and Ms. Tavenner for their continued commitment to improving America’s healthcare system.


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 670 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


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