Inslee naming retired vice admiral to direct state’s health system response

Gov. Jay Inslee named retired Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono as the director for the state’s COVID-19 Health System Response Management.

Bono is currently a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She was formerly the chief executive officer and director for the Defensive Health Agency and worked to provide health care services to those in combat.

“Vice Admiral Bono will help bolster our existing coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic across our state’s health care system," Inslee said. “She brings an impressive medical background, a long and distinguished military career and a deep understanding of complex medical delivery systems. Her expertise will help us ensure that we can meet the needs of Washingtonians who are sick, or will become ill from COVID-19.”

In this role Bono will advise Inslee and state agencies on what needs to be done to address strain on the health care system and ensure staffing needs are met, according to a press release.

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