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Rick Scott appoints Celeste Philip Acting Surgeon General, lauds outgoing John Armstrong

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Gov. Rick Scott appointed Celeste Philip as Acting Surgeon General on Friday. He also praised outgoing Surgeon General John Anderson as having done an “outstanding job.” Anderson was the first state agency head in 20 years to be shown the door after the Senate refused to confirm him by the end of the 2016 Legislative Session. Scott lauded Armstrong in a three-paragraph news release. Scott said, “Dr. John Armstrong has done an outstanding job serving our state as Florida’s Surgeon General…

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Senate panel narrowly confirms Rick Scott’s Surgeon General

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The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday gave the nod to state Surgeon General John Armstrong. Members granted him confirmation to extend his tenure as head of the state’s health care apparatus, but just barely by a 6-4 vote Armstrong has been under heightened scrutiny in Tallahassee because of recent public failures in the state’s health care infrastructure, including faulty pediatric cardiac standards and a growing rate of HIV/AIDS, particularly in South Florida. For his part, Armstrong cited progress on such…

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