Surgeon General John Armstrong

Florida Department of Health

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Dr. Celeste Philip as Florida’s acting Surgeon General.

Philip replaces Dr. John Armstrong, who was the Surgeon General since 2012.

Surgeon General Won’t Get Senate Hearing

Mar 10, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Senate President Andy Gardiner on Wednesday cast what could be the deciding vote in the clash over the confirmation of Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong.

Meeting with reporters, Gardiner acknowledged that --- despite his support for the embattled surgeon general --- he would not use a procedural move to pull Armstrong's stalled nomination out of a committee and hold a confirmation hearing on the Senate floor.

Gardiner Considers Taking Up Armstrong Confirmation

Mar 3, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Senate President Andy Gardiner said late Wednesday he was considering bringing Surgeon General John Armstrong's nomination to the Senate floor, a potentially dramatic move aimed at breaking a log jam over the agency head's fate.

Surgeon General's Confirmation In Jeopardy

Mar 2, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Despite a show of support from Gov. Rick Scott, a Senate panel Tuesday postponed for a second time a vote on the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong.

The move by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee could end Armstrong's bid to keep his job as secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

Committee Slated To Take Up Armstrong Confirmation

Feb 29, 2016
Florida Department of Health

A Senate committee is scheduled Tuesday to consider the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong, as some medical groups offer a show of support for the embattled secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

Surgeon General Confirmation Held Up In Senate

Feb 24, 2016
Florida Department of Health

After narrowly escaping an earlier panel, state Surgeon General John Armstrong on Tuesday did not get a scheduled confirmation hearing before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.

Committee chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said he tabled a vote at the last minute to accommodate senators who still had questions for Armstrong. The committee is scheduled to meet again next Tuesday.

Armstrong Set To Go Before Another Senate Panel

Feb 22, 2016
Florida Department of Health

After narrowly winning the support of the Senate Health Policy Committee, state Surgeon General John Armstrong will face another confirmation test Tuesday.

Surgeon General Faces Questions On Children's Health Program

Feb 15, 2016
Florida Department of Health

When Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong goes before a Senate committee Tuesday for a confirmation hearing, two members of the panel will be waiting with questions about thousands of sick kids who were dropped from the Children's Medical Services program last year.

Surgeon General Keeps ‘Living And Working’ Amid Cancer Fight

Feb 4, 2016
Florida Department of Health

Hundreds of activities are planned around the globe Thursday in recognition of World Cancer Day, but for Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, the international "holiday" is personal.

Florida Surgeon General Confirmation Hearing Delayed

Jan 27, 2016
Florida Department of Health

A confirmation hearing for state Surgeon General John Armstrong was delayed Tuesday, with the chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee saying the panel simply didn't have time to get to the nomination.

Lawmakers Seek Changes In Children's Health Program Eligibility

Jan 12, 2016
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After months of controversy, the Florida Department of Health on Monday resumed eligibility screening for the Children's Medical Services program, which serves kids with serious and chronic health conditions.

A screening system for the state's Children's Medical Services program has resulted in the removal of 9,000 poor and disabled children from the program, the Miami Herald reports.

Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

Surgeon General Gets Rough Treatment in Senate

Apr 8, 2015
University of South Florida

In another sign of growing tension about a Senate plan to expand health coverage for low-income Floridians, a Senate committee Tuesday tabled the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong after questioning him about the issue.

The move by the Senate Health Policy Committee came a day after Gov. Rick Scott --- Armstrong's boss --- opposed the plan to use federal money to provide health coverage to an estimated 800,000 Floridians through a private insurance system.