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Staffing Changes Under Way at Department of Health

Adam Herbst, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health's (DOH) Office of Aging and Long-Term Care, has announced in a LinkedIn post that he is leaving his position. Herbst served for four years as Deputy Commissioner and developed the newly created Office. He chaired the Master Plan for Aging process together with Vice Chair Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the State Office for the Aging. His replacement has not yet been identified.

In addition, DOH has hired two staff for the newly created Center for Hospice and Palliative Care: Richard Hess and Marina Maxwell. Carol Rodat, Special Advisor to former Deputy Commissioner Herbst, is serving in a leadership role in the new Center.

This month, DOH also announced that two former local health department commissioners have been hired to fill leadership roles: Dr. Elizabeth Whalen as Medical Director of the Office of Public Health and Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert as Medical Director of the Center for Environmental Health. Earlier in the year, the Department announced the promotions and hires of Johanne Morne as Executive Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Douglas Fish as Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management, and Dr. Leonard Peruski as Director of the Wadsworth Center.

Contact: Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org