In the present day, Governor Tom Wolf introduced that Division of Well being Performing Secretary Keara Klinepeter will resign her place with the commonwealth on April 22. The governor additionally introduced his intention to call Doctor Common Dr. Denise Johnson to function Performing Secretary.
“Keara has been an asset to the Division of Well being and the Wolf Administration all through the COVID-19 pandemic, offering obligatory management and steering to organize for the endemic section of the pandemic,” mentioned Gov. Wolf. “Thanks, Performing Secretary Klinepeter, on your management. You have got helped develop insurance policies, steering, and greatest practices to help Pennsylvania’s public well being system all through the pandemic and through this transition which have made the lives of Pennsylvanians higher.”
Previous to Performing Secretary, Klinepeter served because the Government Deputy Secretary for the Division of Well being and as Particular Advisor to the Secretary of Well being, the place she labored extensively on COVID-19 response, together with serving to to steer the state’s profitable vaccine roll-out and dealing intently with hospitals to handle affected person surges. Klinepeter additionally served because the Director of Rural Well being Innovation for the division, the place she was accountable for designing, implementing, and increasing inhabitants well being initiatives that target social determinants of well being.
“Thanks to Governor Wolf, the Wolf Administration’s management crew, and the extremely devoted Division of Well being workers,” mentioned Performing Secretary Klinepeter. “Working alongside the Division of Well being’s devoted employees throughout a world once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has been an absolute honor. I’m happy with the work we have now completed to raised the lives of all Pennsylvanians.”
Following Performing Secretary Klinepeter’s departure, Doctor Common Dr. Denise Johnson will assume the performing place.
“Thanks to Gov. Wolf and Performing Secretary Klinepeter for his or her steadfast management, particularly throughout this making an attempt time for all Pennsylvanians,” mentioned Dr. Johnson. “The pandemic has modified many facets of public well being right here in Pennsylvania and nationwide. I’m honored to the lead the division throughout this transformative time in public well being and I sit up for persevering with to work intently with the great workers on the Division of Well being and making certain our well being stays a high precedence all through the commonwealth.