HCA’s Per­lin tak­ing leave to ad­vise act­ing VA sec­re­tary

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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.

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