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Secretary Cansler announces Pratt as new leader for DHSR

Release Date: July 22, 2010
Contact: Jim Jones, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler announced Thursday the appointment of Drexdal Pratt as the new director of the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) effective Aug. 1.

“I look forward to Drexdal’s leadership in DHSR, and his insight for problem solving. His demonstrated leadership assures us that DHSR will not skip a beat as it continues to provide critical oversight of our many licensed care providers and assures that our citizens’ many care needs are appropriately met,” Cansler said.

Pratt worked nearly 12 years as chief of the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). He takes over from Jeff Horton, who served as interim director of DHSR. Horton will return to his previous position as deputy director of DHSR. “I appreciate all of Jeff’s work keeping the day-to-day operations of the division going,” Cansler said. “His depth of knowledge will continue to be a great asset in the operations of DHSR.”

OEMS serves as the division’s regulatory arm for EMS personnel and agency credentials, as well as designation of qualified hospitals as trauma centers.