Aldona Wos: New Head of DHHS

December 13, 2012, Governor-elect Pat McCrory appointed Aldona Wos as the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

But who is she? Will she proceed differently than former head of DHHS Albert Delia?

Wos (pronounced Vosh) is a native of Poland.  She is a retired physician and, in 1997,   moved to Greensboro when her husband, Louis DeJoy,  set up a business there.  Wos” husband, Louis DeJoy, is Chief Executive Officer of New Breed Logistics, Inc., a privately held third-party logistics company founded in 1968 and headquartered in High Point, North Carolina.

Once Wos moved to NC, she became an avid Republican Party fund-raiser. She was appointed North Carolina State Chair of Women for Senator Elizabeth Dole.  For the 2004 Bush/Cheney presidential campaign, Wos served as the Carolina Finance Co-Chair.  President George W. Bush appointed her to two terms on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which was apropos, since Wos’ father was a Holocaust survivor.

From 2004-2006, Wos served as the Ambassador to Estonia.

According to http://www.CampaignMoney.com, in 2008, Wos donated $73,120 to the Republican party.

Does the fact that Wos contributed to the Republican Party for years and was appointed by a Republican governor mean that Wos is not qualified for the job?

I think not. Obviously, Wos is a retired-phyician.  She has the health care knowledge from the perspective of a physician. This could be a great thing! Hopefully she will have first-hand knowledge of the need for physicians to receive higher Medicaid reimbursements

Also, Wos is no Newby to politics. Her past political contributions and public service shows a great love for this country, which is not her native country.

I could not find much about Wos between 2006 and 2012 (her appointment as head of DHHS). There has been a lot of criticism of Wos due to her contributions to political campaigns.  But, I say, let’s see what she does. She is obviously educated in health care and savvy in politics…which makes her qualified without question as head of DHHS.

Look at former head of DHHS Albert Delia.  He was not a physician. Before he served at head of DHHS he was Gov. Purdue’s chief policy advisor and Senior Advisor. I was unable to find any positions Delia held prior to head of DHHS that would have made him uniquely qualified to head DHHS at all.  (Which is better? Being appointed because you were involved in the governor’s politics as a career? Or being appointed because you contributed to campaigns, but held your own medical degree?)

I’m not saying Wos is qualified merely because she is a physician.  I’m just saying let’s give her a chance because she does seem qualified, regardless of her campaign contributions. Plus, having someone who worked at a physician may have its benefits.  We will see…

About kemanuel

Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Compliance Litigator

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Al Delia, DHHS, McCrory, Medicaid, North Carolina and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Maybe Aldona Wos can rein in MCO’s. No one seems to be doing anything about them.

  2. Maybe Aldona Wos can rein in the out of control MCO’s. No one seems to be doing anything about them.

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