Secretary, Department of Health and Hospitals
In July 2010, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Bruce Greenstein to lead the state’s largest agency, the Department of Health and Hospitals. Secretary Greenstein will manage a budget of over $8 billion and will provide oversight and services in mental health, public health, emergency preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, addictive disorders and aging services.
Prior to his appointment, Greenstein led the development and execution of Microsoft’s industry strategy focusing on the worldwide health and human services market. In this role, he worked with governments and health systems around the world including Ministries of Health, Departments of Health and Human Services, local authorities, hospital systems; and social and human services organizations, as well as other companies to address market opportunities and focus on growth in the health information technology sector.
Prior to Microsoft, Greenstein was the Vice President for Healthcare at CNSI, a Washington, DC-based systems integrator. There, he focused on state healthcare systems, and claims payment and vital records systems. He also was President of the Institute for Healthcare Solutions, where he led a group delivering thought leadership, consultation and simulation models for government officials and agencies.
His appointment as DHH Secretary is not Greenstein’s first venture in public service. Previously, he served as Associate Regional Administrator and as the Director of Waivers and Demonstrations in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, he oversaw the state Medicaid programs in the Northeast, and led the federal government’s efforts working with states in reforming state Medicaid programs. Successful reforms included the state of Massachusetts, Florida, Vermont and Iowa. Prior to service in the Executive Branch, Greenstein was a healthcare expert for the U.S. Congress at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). While working for Governor Lawton Chiles in Florida, he led the design and administration of healthcare programs and worked on healthcare reform as a health economist.
Mr. Greenstein has degrees in Economics and Public Policy. He is moving from Seattle with his wife Cindy and two young daughters, Kennedy and Kyla.