Nominee Faces Opposition
One woman is battling to remain in control of Missouri's health care. Jane Drummond wants to be appointed the next director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.
She is the director now, but needs Senate approval to remain the top health official for the state.
"The department has three divisions. We handle community and public health issues. We provide home and community based services, and adult protective services, and interventions. Then we regulate health care facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice centers," said Drummond.
Public scrutiny connecting Drummond's department with the deadly group home fire last November in southwest Missouri casts a shadow on her nomination.
While newspapers have run articles about the Anderson group home fire, the tragedy was not addressed at Wednesday's appointments hearing.
Senator Chuck Graham was surprised the incident was not brought up by the committee.
"There were a number of questions, not as many as I probably anticipated to some subject areas that obviously have gotten a lot of public attention, and apparently enough of them felt comfortable that they want to move it out to the Senate floor," said Graham.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding her nomination, but Drummond said inspections of the group home showed the fire had nothing to do with her department.
The full Senate will take up Drummond's nomination on Thursday.