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Holsinger to Head State Health Services

Contact: Ralph Derickson

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James Holsinger

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"I am excited to bring together this outstanding team of hard-working individuals who bring with them integrity, character, and ability to bring people together and move Kentucky forward. Dr. Holsinger is an extremely well educated, experienced, and dedicated individual, and I am proud to have him join our cabinet."

-- Ernie Fletcher,
Governor-elect,
Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2003) -- James Holsinger, retired chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Medical Center, today was named Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services, in the administration of Gov.-elect Ernie Fletcher.

The following news release was issued by the Gov.-elect’s office:

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Wes Irvin
December 5, 2003

GOVERNOR-ELECT ERNIE FLETCHER ANNOUNCES SECRETARY OF THE
CABINET FOR HEALTH SERVICES

Dr. James Holsinger Selected as Secretary of the Fletcher/Pence Administration's Cabinet for Health Services

Lexington, KY: Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher announced today that Dr. James Holsinger will serve as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services. Holsinger is the former Chancellor of the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and was appointed in 1990 by President Bush as Chief Medical Director for the Veterans Health Administration.

"It is a great honor to be appointed to this cabinet position," said Dr. James Holsinger. "I have spent a great deal of my life trying to educate and deliver better health services to the people of Kentucky and across the United States. I am eager to begin working with our new Governor and Lieutenant Governor-elects to provide Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth with more affordable and accessible healthcare."

Dr. Holsinger was born on May 11, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1964 and completed a Ph.D. with a major in anatomy and a minor in physiology at Duke University in 1968. Dr. Holsinger has served in a variety of academic and administrative appointments including time at the University of Nebraska, University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, and the University of Kentucky.

For 26 years, Dr. Holsinger served in the Department of Veterans Affairs, retiring on July 13, 1994. His career culminated on August 6, 1990 with the President of the United States appointing him as Chief Medical Director of the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Holsinger is married to Dr. Barbara Craig Holsinger and they have four daughters, Anna, Ruth, Sarah, and Rachel, and five grandsons.

"I am excited to bring together this outstanding team of hard-working individuals who bring with them integrity, character, and ability to bring people together and move Kentucky forward," stated Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher. "Dr. Holsinger is an extremely well educated, experienced, and dedicated individual, and I am proud to have him join our cabinet."


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