That he waspromoted to run the VA is even better, said Rowan. “Dr. Shulkinhas assembled a gifted staff to integrate community care into VA healthcare,enabling the VA to live up to the challenge of providing the best careavailable,” Rowan said in a statement. “All veterans ought to applaud Mr.Trump’s decision.” Rowan saidthat Shulkin, a board-certified internist, is “intimately familiar with thechallenges facing the VA, including the urgent need to improve access to VAhealthcare services.” Rowan alsonoted that in the course of his career, Shulkin has been named as one of the Top100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2014, as well as one of the 50Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country by Modern Healthcare . “Dr. Shulkincame out of the private sector less than two years ago,” Rowan explained. “Hehas been relentless in his pursuit of improving medical care for veterans,working to increase timely access, all the while holding managers and other VAstaff accountable. “We will doeverything we can to assist Dr. Shulkin in his mission to right the wrongs inthe VA, to improve veterans’ access to healthcare, and to remedy theunacceptably long time to resolve claims and appeals for disabilitycompensation.” Read more: VA choice card programhaving problems » While thereis widespread optimism about Trump’s choice, there is also palpable anxietyabout what he might ask Shulkin to do.
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