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Rex Senior Health Center Medical Director Reappointed by Gov. Bev Perdue

Leroy Darkes Reappointed to New Term on N.C. Minority Health Advisory Council

Dr. Leroy DarkesNEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2011

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467
alan.wolf@rexhealth.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Bev Perdue has reappointed Dr. Leroy Darkes, medical director of the Rex Senior Health Center in downtown Raleigh, to a third term on the N.C. Minority Health Advisory Council.

Darkes' term on the council will run through 2015. He is one of five members appointed by the Governor and joined the council in 2004.

The 15-member council works to improve health care for racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations in North Carolina. The council advises lawmakers and regulators on ways to improve accessibility, delivery and financing of health services.

"It's probably as close as you can get to the table where decisions are made affecting the health of minorities across the state," Darkes said. "We've had some pretty good victories including keeping state funding to fight infant mortality and increasing funding to pay for drugs to help people with HIV."

With the state's tight budget, Darkes said one of his main priorities during the new term will be to ensure the council emphasizes the value of community-based organizations that are seeing their funding cut.

"We provide our insights on the impact that these cuts have downstream in the communities," Darkes said. "It's important to get in front of the folks who are making decisions."

Darkes created the Rex Senior Health Center in 1997, and for more than a decade has served this region's senior population. He's also a vocal advocate for prostate cancer prevention and awareness and oversees an annual screening at the center.

The Rex Senior Health Center, which caters to patients 65 and older, is located at 512 E. Davie Street and Chavis Way, Raleigh. For more information, visit rexhealth.com/senior-health-center or call (919) 832-2400.