Acting New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey appointed Fred Jacobs, a pulmonary physician and attorney, as the state's new health commissioner and directed Jacobs to initially focus on three areas: expansion of the state's stem-cell initiative, maintenance of the state's leadership in bioterrorism preparedness and patient-safety improvements in hospitals. Jacobs, 68, is senior consultant for medical affairs at nine-hospital St. Barnabas Health System, West Orange, N.J., and associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has served as president of the State Board of Medical Examiners. Jacobs succeeds Clifton Lacey, who resigned after three years and is a top candidate to succeed Harvey Holzberg as president and chief executive officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. -- by Cinda Becker
N.J. governor appoints new health commissioner
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