On Friday, the scheduled last day of the 2017 legislative session, the Florida Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott‘s picks to run the state’s health care agencies.
The Senate approved Justin Senior to head the Agency for Health Care Administration and Celeste Philip to lead the Department of Health as Florida’s Surgeon General.
The Florida Medical Association issued a statement Friday applauding the selections.
“The Florida Medical Association is committed to ensuring every Floridian receives the best medical care possible, which is why we are so pleased Dr. Philip and Mr. Senior have been confirmed by the Florida Senate today,” said FMA President David J. Becker, M.D.
“They both bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that are integral to promoting good health and developing strong relationships among stakeholders, so residents are educated and empowered to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” he added.
“The Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration are fortunate to have two champions for excellence in patient care at the helm.”
Added FMA CEO Timothy J. Stapleton: “Florida Medical Association would like to congratulate Dr. Philip and Mr. Senior on their well-deserved confirmations today … We thank them for their commitment to protecting and advocating for the highest level of health for all Floridians and are confident that under their leadership, our state will continue to improve the equity and access to quality health care.”