Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Dr. Matthew Van Patton of Greer, South Carolina as the new Director of the Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
“Dr. Van Patton brings broad experience in the healthcare and public policy arena,” Ricketts said in a statement released by his office. “His background will serve the agency and our customers well as he administers the State of Nebraska’s largest program. We are excited to welcome him to our team here in Nebraska.”
Van Patton has served as the President & CEO of Cadre Medical Technologies, a start-up healthcare technology company.
Previously, Van Patton served as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Trey Gowdy. He has also worked as Chief of Staff to the Board of Directors, Chief Policy Officer, Director of Innovations and Institutional Review Board Administrator for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Ford Webb Associates assisted with the recruitment of Van Patton. The firm previously assisted with the recruitment of DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips.
Van Patton starts March 1st. His salary will be $155,000.