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DHH Secretary Alan Levine resigns

Alan Levine Alan Levine
Bruce Greenstein Bruce Greenstein

BATON ROUGE (WAFB) - Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine has resigned, WAFB's David Spunt reports. Levine will step down as of August 1.

Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that Bruce Greenstein will replace Levine as DHH Secretary.  Greenstein will begin working full-time as DHH Secretary on September 13. Greenstein is currently serving as managing director of Microsoft Corp.

DHH Deputy Secretay Anthony Keck will serve as Acting Secretary during the interim period.

Governor Bobby Jindal tapped Levine as secretary of DHH in January of 2008. Levine was the president and CEO of Broward Health in Florida, one of the largest not-for-profit public healthcare systems in the country. Levine was also secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration from 2004-2006, overseeing more than 30,000 health care facilities. He was also in charge of Florida's Medicaid program, with a budget of more than $16 billion.

Jindal reportedly tapped Levine to help deal with Louisiana's Medicaid shortfalls. In Florida, Levine helped then Gov. Jeb Bush reform the Sunshine State's liability system. He was also named one of 30 leaders nationwide likely to have a powerful impact on the future of healthcare in Modern Healthcare magazine's August 2006 edition.

Levine is the latest shuffle in the Jindal administration. In June, the governor's top budget guru, Angelle Davis, announced she was stepping down as Commissioner of Administration. She'll officially leave on August 8. Jindal later announced Paul Rainwater, his deputy chief of staff, will take over as COA. Department of Social Services Secretary Kristy Nichols was named as the new deputy chief of staff. DSS Undersecretary Ruth Johnson will replace Nichols as secretary of DSS.

Greenstein who is currently acting as managing director for Microsoft Corp. was also a healthcare expert for the United States Congress, serving at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

"I'm am looking for awed to serving on Governor Jindal's team and I'm humbled to be asked to serve," Greenstein said.

Stay with 9NEWS and WAFB.com for the very latest on this developing story.

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