By CQ Staff
James R. Tallon Jr., has been named chairman of The Commonwealth Fund. Tallon served as a director of the Fund since 1996 and is a member of its Executive and Finance Committee.
Tallon will take office on Nov. 14, 2007, succeeding Samuel O. Thier, M.D., who chaired The Commonwealth Fund since 2002.
"Mr. Tallon has a deep commitment to helping drive the nation toward a high performance health system," said Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, in a statement. "Throughout his career he has worked especially hard on behalf of those who are most vulnerable—the uninsured, low-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and frail elders. His leadership will be a great asset to the Fund."
Tallon joined the Fund from The United Hospital Fund of New York, where he served as president. Nationally recognized for his leadership in health care policy, Tallon served for eight years as chairman of the Health Committee during his 19-year tenure in the New York State Assembly.
Tallon also headed Gov. Eliot Spitzer's, D-N.Y., Health Care Policy Advisory Committee during the gubernatorial transition period in 2006.