Rocco has some great information on the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin as President Barack Obama's pick as the new Surgeon General. A Catholic and a longtime advocate of health care for the rural poor, Dr. Benjamin has also served as the head of the Catholic Medical Association and received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
In Dr. Benjamin, we have a brilliant physician who understands health care, nationally and internationally; but even more important, she knows the health care needs of the people of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, who she meets on a daily basis.
Dr. Benjamin will enrich the nation because she brings competence and integrity to this very important role. This is coupled with the daily experience of trying to meet the health care needs of a very vulnerable community. Our nation will greatly benefit from her leadership and her background in national and international efforts to deliver quality health care.
CHA congratulates Dr. Benjamin and looks forward to working with her to improve the health of our great country.