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developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.S. Surgeon General Stepping Down
After four years in the post, U.S. Surgeon General Regina
Benjamin will step down next month.
She made the announcement Wednesday in an e-mail to staff and
thanked them for supporting her efforts,
"My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention. With your help, that movement has begun," Benjamin wrote in the e-mail.
As surgeon general, the Alabama-native chaired the National
Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. It was
created under the Affordable Care Act to find ways to improve
access to care.
Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will serve as interim
surgeon general until a new permanent Surgeon General is nominated,
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