Michael F. Easley

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Dempsey Benton

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: January 25, 2008

  Contact: Debbie Crane

John Price Named Director of NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care

RALEIGH – NCDHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton today announced that John Price has been appointed director of the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care.  Price has worked in the office for more than 30 years, beginning his career there in 1977.  

“In the last 30 years, this office has expanded on its original mission of bringing health care to rural North Carolina to managing the state’s community network for Medicaid recipients,” said Benton. “John has been there the whole time, growing right along with the office.  There is no one more qualified to serve in this role.”

John became Chief of Operations in February 2002 and Deputy Director for Rural Health in February 2007.  He has served as acting director since May.  During his time with the Office, John has provided technical assistance to rural health centers, managed the contracts and grants functions, and supervised many of the Office’s programs including Farmworker Health, Medical and Dental Placement, and Architectural Assistance.  He and his wife Cindy currently reside in Raleigh.



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