Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed MSSC member and Kansas state Rep. Greg Lakin as chief medical officer of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.
With the Jan. 3. announcement, Brownback also appointed Darian Dernovish as interim secretary of KDHE, replacing the resigning Susan Mosier. Lakin resigned his seat in the 91st District, covering parts of Valley Center, Maize, Kechi, Park City and Wichita, when the Legislature returned for the 2018 session on Jan. 8.
“Dr. Lakin has the perspective of serving as a front line medical provider for the last two decades,” Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a physician, said in a news release. “He will be a great addition to our team at KDHE.”
Lakin has worked with patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction as well as in family and emergency medicine and skilled nursing and long-term care, and. He owns Center for Change and is medical director for Valley Hope Rehabilitation Center.
KDHE oversees the privatized Medicaid program, KanCare, along with the Department for Aging and Disability Services. The agencies are working to extend KanCare for another five years.