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Sununu Nominates N.H. Hospital CEO As Head Of Health And Human Services Dept.

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Governor Chris Sununu is nominating Lori Shibinette to lead the state's Health and Human Services department.

Shibinette is well-known in state government, and, according to the governor, her operational experienced is "unmatched."

Shibinette's resume includes a stint as deputy HHS commissioner. Right now, she's CEO of New Hampshire Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.

She's also worked as a registered nurse and served as CEO of the Merrimack County Nursing home.

If confirmed, Lori Shibinette would succeed Jeff Meyers, who resigned last month. She'd also be overseeing myriad programs and a budget that accounts for about half of total state spending.

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In a statement, Sununu praised Shibinette as a manager who's worked on the front lines of health care.

Once Shibinette's nomination is formalized, the executive council will schedule a public hearing. A vote on her confirmation could come as soon as January 8th.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of Jeff Meyers, the former commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.)

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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