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Shawn Crouch Named Cabinet for Health and Family Services Chief of Staff

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin, (502)564-6786  

Shawn Crouch Named Cabinet for Health and Family Services Chief of Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 7, 2006) Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced today that Shawn M. Crouch will become chief of staff for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) effective April 17.

As chief of staff, Crouch will act as Secretary Birdwhistell’s top adviser and coordinate all policy and management initiatives for the more than 9,000 employees and 13 departments and offices that make up the Cabinet. He will also continue to oversee the Office of Health Policy, which includes the state’s Division of Certificate of Need (CON).

Crouch joined CHFS in February 2004 as executive officer to then-Undersecretary for Health Birdwhistell. He was appointed as executive director of the newly created Office of Health Policy in the summer of 2005. Charged with policy development, health agency oversight and state employee health insurance policy, the Office of Health Policy is positioned to integrate and coordinate issues and programs in Medicaid, mental health and mental retardation services, CON, public health and health insurance. Under Crouch’s leadership, the Office of Health Policy recently released the first substantial revision of CON policy in the last decade.

“The citizens of the Commonwealth are fortunate to have someone of Shawn’s integrity and intelligence working to improve our health and welfare,” Birdwhistell said. ”For years I have relied on Shawn, and I’m confident that he’ll continue to succeed in this new position of increased responsibility by working collaboratively with outside stakeholders and other government agencies.”

“It’s been an honor to work with Governor Fletcher, Secretary Birdwhistell and their teams on our significant accomplishments during the past two years,” said Crouch. “I’m excited about the Cabinet’s plans to continue making progress for Kentucky’s families.”
Prior to joining the cabinet, Crouch served as the director of government relations for CHA Health. He also has experience working in hospitals and physician’s offices.

Crouch is a graduate of the College of Allied Health at the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in health administration. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at UK. A Kentucky native, Crouch currently resides in Lexington.
Crouch replaces Matt Bassett, who resigned as chief of staff effective April 14.



Last Updated 4/7/2006