Gov. Maura Healey has tapped Kate Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center, to lead the state’s sprawling health and human services secretariat.

Walsh, a seasoned health care executive, is the latest of Healey’s appointments since the new governor took office on Jan. 5.

“Kate Walsh is exactly the leader Massachusetts needs for this moment in health care,” Healey said in a statement. “She has a proven track record of delivering results on health equity, affordability and behavioral health, while also addressing social determinants of health like food and housing insecurity.”

Walsh succeeds Marylou Sudders in leading the state’s largest executive office. Sudders, the longest-serving secretary of health and human services, retired earlier this month as the new administration took office.

Amy Rosenthal, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Health Care For All, said, “We are confident she will continue advancing health equity, affordability and accessibility of care amidst the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in our health care system that impact people of the commonwealth every day.”

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