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IN Focus: State health commish confirmed as next surgeon general

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. Jerome Adams was confirmed Thursday as the 20th US Surgeon General by the Senate.

In a series of tweets, Adams announced the confirmation and thanked Hoosiers for trusting and supporting him over the years.

He went on to say, "ultimately this appointment is about what we've all accomplished together."

He went on to thank Vice President Pence and Governor Holcomb for the opportunity to serve the State and added he is confident Indiana is situated to take health to the next level.

The Governor also  took to Twitter to express how thrilled he was to hear of the confirmation. Holcomb will now have to appoint a new state health commissioner to replace Adams.

The confirmation is following a nomination by President Trump back in June after the two met in Nov. of 2016.

In a tweet after the meeting, Adams said the two discussed “health vs healthcare, community health/prevention as cheaper than treatment.”

He completed his M.D. at Indiana University after attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for his undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and biopsychology.