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Contact: Jim Jones

Date: April 30, 2008

Horton named acting director of Division of Health Service Regulation

RALEIGH – DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton announced Wednesday that Jeff Horton will assume duties on May 1 as acting director of the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

“In his service as chief operating officer for the division Jeff Horton has shown that he has the leadership and skills needed to oversee operations of this diverse division and its many components,” Benton said. “He has a keen perspective for the role of the division within DHHS, as well as the role of each section within the division.”

Benton made the appointment to follow the retirement of Bob Fitzgerald who served as division director since 2001. Fitzgerald’s retirement is effective May 1.

Horton has worked within the division since 1993 as a long-term care surveyor, a hospital surveyor and he managed regulatory programs involving nursing facilities, hospitals, home care, home health, hospice, dialysis and mental health facilities. In 2006, he was named chief operating officer of the division.

“I am humbled by the appointment, and look forward to continuing our efforts to see that the people of North Carolina receive appropriate care in safe facilities,” Horton said.






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