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Washington, DC -- President Obama named Regina Benjamin to be the next Surgeon General. Dr. Benjamin is a family physician from Alabama. Among her accomplishments were founding the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in 1990 and rebuilding the facility following Hurricane Katrina. Speaking on the challenge of passing health care reform legislation this year, President Obama said Dr. Benjamin "understands the urgency of meeting this challenge in a personal and powerful way."

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