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Trump Fired Him, Sanford Health Hires Him

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The former Secretary of Veterans Affairs who President Donald Trump fired earlier this year will now work for Sanford Health.

David Shulkin will serve as chief innovation officer. 

Shulkin will serve Sanford Health as its top administrator in the innovation space, leading initiatives to advance work in research, Imagenetics, the Sanford Chip, Profile and World Clinic. 

"Secretary Shulkin is one of the most talented health care leaders in the country, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sanford Health," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. 

"After completing my work in the public sector, Sanford Health was an obvious choice to continue my health care career," Shulkin said.  "Sanford's unique brand of innovation and clinical integration is bringing precision medicine to the bedside which is rapidly improving patient care in unprecedented ways.  I look forward to joining the Sanford team and bringing my background and skills to help drive these advancements in medical practice." 

Shulkin told NPR's Morning Edition earlier this year after being fired that political forces in the Trump administration want to privatize the VA, and that he was standing in the way.

Shulkin also faced criticism in February for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his wife's airfare on a trip to Europe. He says the expense was pre-approved, and he repaid the government after an internal investigation.

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