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Ousted Florida nursing home ombudsman successor named

April 25, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - A replacement has been named for the Florida nursing home ombudsman who was ousted in a clash with Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

Interim Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Charles T. Corley on Monday appointed Jim Crochet, who has 27 years of experience in health and human services as the state's advocate for long-term care residents.

Crochet, most recently served in the department's legal office.

He succeeds Brian Lee, who said he resigned in February after being told he would be fired otherwise.

The federal Administration on Aging is investigating his departure after Lee repeatedly butted heads with the nursing home industry.

Lee said the animosity grew with the election of Scott, a Republican who formerly headed companies that ran hospitals and urgent care centers.



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