Charles Grim, the acting director for the Indian Health Service known for focusing on preventive healthcare initiatives, said he would not seek a second term as its director. The 24-year IHS veteran and rear admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, cited family reasons for declining the post.
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt lauded Grims dedication and commitment to the agency. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated his compassion and strong leadership on behalf of the people who receive their healthcare through the IHS, he said in a written statement.
A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Grim, 49, was confirmed as the IHS seventh director on July 16, 2003. He has been serving as the agencys acting director since his four-year term expired this past July. During his tenure at IHS, he helped establish relationships between the agency and Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. Grim also reached out to the Veterans Health Administration and Health Canada, among others.
The IHS has an annual budget of about $4 billion and provides care to roughly 1.9 million of the nations 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives through a network of 48 hospitals, 283 health centers and more than 300 clinics. -- by Matthew DoBias
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