State Health Commissioner Announces Administrative Appointments

James Clyne Named Executive Deputy Commissioner; Richard Cook Named Deputy Commissioner, Office Of Health Systems Management

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 25, 2009) - Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of James W. Clyne, Jr., as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Health Department, effective immediately. Mr. Clyne succeeds Wendy Saunders, who was recently named Governor David A. Paterson's Deputy Secretary for Health, Medicaid and Oversight.

Commissioner Daines is also pleased to announce the appointment of Richard M. Cook as Deputy Commissioner of the Department's Office of Health Systems Management.

Mr. Clyne has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department's Office of Health Systems Management since April of 2007, in which he was responsible for health care quality oversight and health system planning, including overseeing the implementation of reforms recommended by the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (Berger Commission).

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Clyne was employed by the law firm Hinman Straub PC, where he represented a variety of health care clients before the state legislature. He also previously held several positions in the New York State Assembly, including serving as Deputy Secretary to the Speaker for Health and Human Services.

Mr. Cook has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Health Systems Management since January of 2008. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Cook was Executive Vice President of Policy, Planning and Communications at Albany Medical Center, serving as the medical center's Chief Planning and Communication Officer.

From 1991-1994, Mr. Cook served as the Assistant/Deputy Secretary for Health to Governor Mario Cuomo and also held key positions in the New York State Assembly.