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Governor taps new secretary of health

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Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
 

Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday named Michael Wolf Secretary of the Department of Health.

Wolf will oversee the regulation of Pennsylvania's hospitals, nursing homes and various other health care facilities, while organizing and supporting public health initiatives and services.

His department has an annual budget of more than $838 million and approximately 1,700 employees.

Wolf, 46, of Enola joined the Health Department in May 2011 as executive deputy secretary after working as Pfizer's director of worldwide public affairs and policy. He was named acting secretary in October.

Wolf replaces Dr. Eli Avila, who said when he quit last year that he wanted to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.

Wolf's confirmation requires Senate approval. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and earned his master's degree from the University of Phoenix.

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