HCA’s Perlin taking leave to advise acting VA secretary
Who: Dr. Jonathan Perlin, 53, chief medical officer and president of clinical services at Nashville-based health system HCA. He has been with HCA since 2006.
Temporary assignment: Named senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Department acting Secretary Sloan Gibson. His 60-day advisory role with the VA will begin July 15. Specific duties have not yet been outlined. He will take a leave of absence from his HCA positions while on assignment to the VA.
A return to the VA: Perlin previously was Veterans Affairs undersecretary for health, holding the top position with the Veterans Health Administration under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2006. He has held several other roles within the VA, including chief quality and performance officer.
Gibson’s take: “We’re pleased to welcome this exceptional leader back to VA. I look forward to the contributions of Dr. Perlin, who is recognized for his national healthcare leadership roles.”
Industry reaction: “No physician leader in the country is more qualified to advise the VA as it begins to turn around its ship of care,” said Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, in a statement on Perlin’s assignment.