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CHFS Chief of Staff Matt Bassett Resigns

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 31, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Gwenda Bond (502)564-6786  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 31, 2006) Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Chief of Staff Matt Bassett has resigned his post, effective April 14, to accept a position as vice president for public policy with DaVita Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of dialysis services for patients suffering with kidney disease.

Bassett served as chief of staff of CHFS since January 2004, when Governor Ernie Fletcher took office. Bassett previously served as Governor Fletcher’s deputy chief of staff in Washington, D.C.

"It has been an incredible honor to serve the Governor and the citizens of the Commonwealth for the past several years,” Bassett said. “I am very proud of what the Cabinet has been able to achieve in such a short period of time. I have had the opportunity to do health policy on every level of government and the team assembled at the Cabinet is the strongest I have ever had the privilege of working with."

“Matt has been an invaluable member of our team, especially on health care policy issues,” said Governor Fletcher. “I congratulate Matt on this exciting new opportunity, and I wish him the best. He will certainly be missed.”

“Matt’s knowledge of the inner workings of the federal system served the Cabinet well as we developed our modernization initiatives,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “The time he has spent working on Kentucky’s issues will serve him well as he navigates Washington, D.C., in his new role.”

"Matt brought to this position a thorough knowledge of the Governor's interests and direction in health care as he worked tirelessly to bring the Governor's vision of an improved health status of Kentuckians into reality," said former CHFS Secretary James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D.

"Kentucky's patients and the vulnerable citizens who receive services will fare far better due to the reforms and efficiencies that have been put in place during Governor Fletcher’s administration,” Bassett said. “Taxpayers are also receiving a much higher value knowing that services are being delivered in a more effective and efficient manner."

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Last Updated 3/31/2006