The Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, John J. Wernert, MD, has announced that he has accepted the position of Vice President of the Sagamore Institute with responsibilities over the new health policy division and advancing health innovation. Dr. Wernert will complete his service at FSSA in January 2017 after a new Secretary is named by Governor-elect Holcomb. Dr. Wernert has served on Governor Pence’s cabinet as FSSA Secretary since June 2014, and was the first physician to be appointed to lead this large state agency. As Secretary, Dr. Wernert oversaw the significant modernization efforts of the many social welfare programs in FSSA including Indiana Medicaid. Major achievements include approval and implementation of HIP 2.0, clinical systems integration and the planning and building of a new state mental hospital, the Indiana Neurodiagnostic Institute, currently under construction.
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