Elizabeth Chen of Lexington, a former biotech executive who holds a top job at the state Department of Public Health, was introduced Friday by the Baker administration as the new state secretary of elder affairs, effective June 3. “Our administration is focused on thinking differently about aging and we are committed to supporting Massachusetts’ older adults by promoting a greater quality of life for them,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “We welcome the expertise and knowledge that Dr. Chen will bring to Elder Affairs as the new Secretary and look forward to the hard work she will do to build on the progress achieved under former Secretary Alice Bonner that made Massachusetts an age friendly state.” As an assistant commissioner at DPH, Chen’s scope of work is considerable. She has focused on the safety and quality of health care for residents receiving health care in acute and long-term care settings, and oversaw the licensing of more than 300,000 health care professionals and over 4,500 fixed and mobile care delivery facilities. And Chen led the program that evaluates the need for proposed health care mergers, transfers of ownership, and major capital investments. Chen was previously president of the New England College of Optometry and New England Eye Institute, and president and CEO of biotech companies Circe Biomedical and Marathon Biopharmaceuticals. – Michael P. Norton/SHNS

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