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Release No: 306-98
June 18, 1998


Dr. Sue Bailey was sworn in yesterday as assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Bailey was nominated by President Clinton for the Health Affairs position on Feb. 24, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on May 14, 1998.

Bailey, of Bethesda, Md., was the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs from July 1994 to June 1995. Prior to that, she served from 1988 to 1993 as medical director of Chevy Chase Associates Inc., from 1986 to 1988 as vice president of Medlantic Healthcare Group, and from 1983 to 1985 as medical director of an in-patient program for the Washington Hospital Center. She was also a clinical faculty member at the Georgetown Medical School from 1985 to 1994.

Bailey received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1973, and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977. She served in an internship and residency at George Washington University Hospital from 1977 to 1980. She completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in 1981. She also has commissioned service as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

The assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs has a two-fold mission: military readiness and peacetime health care. Military readiness provides medical and preventive health services and support to the U.S. armed forces during military operations. Peacetime health care provides continuous medical and preventive services and support to members of the uniformed Services, their family members and survivors, retired members and their families, and all others entitled to Department of Defense health care.

Several members of Bailey's family were present at the swearing-in ceremony. They were Bailey's sister, Janet Bailey; her brother, David Bailey and David's wife, Dorothy; and Dr. Bailey's daughter and son-in-law, Lee and John Hults. Mrs. Hults held the Bible for Dr. Bailey as she was sworn in.

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