Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly appoints former hospital executive as health secretary


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed a former Topeka hospital executive as the new secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Janet Stanek has most recently been director of the state employee health benefits program.

She replaces Dr. Lee Norman, who announced his resignation on Nov. 19. He’d been the health department’s top administrator since Kelly took office in January 2019.

Kelly’s office said in a Monday news release that Stanek has held healthcare leadership positions in Pennsylvania, New York, and Kansas.

Stanek spent 21 years at Stormont Vail Health Topeka, where she last was a chief operating officer and senior vice president.  

Stanek will serve as acting secretary until the Senate confirms her appointment.

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