HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf introduced Monday that Division of Well being Performing Secretary Keara Klinepeter will resign her place with the commonwealth on April 22.
The Governor’s workplace says Klinepeter is selecting to resign to take time to organize for the beginning of her first little one in June.
Klinepeter was named Performing Secretary in December 2021 following the resignation of Alison Beam, who later joined UPMC as the hospital’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Government Relations Officer.
“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 part of the pandemic,” mentioned Gov. Wolf. “Thanks, Performing Secretary Klinepeter, on your management. You’ve gotten 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 the COVID-19 response and vaccine administration.
Klinepeter additionally served because the Director of Rural Well being Innovation for the division, the place she was liable for designing, implementing, and increasing inhabitants well being initiatives that concentrate on 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 workers throughout a worldwide once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has been an absolute honor. I’m happy with the work we now have completed to higher the lives of all Pennsylvanians.”
The governor additionally introduced his intention to call Doctor Normal Dr. Denise Johnson to function Performing Secretary.
“Thanks to Gov. Wolf and Performing Secretary Klinepeter for his or her steadfast management, particularly throughout this attempting time for all Pennsylvanians,” mentioned Dr. Johnson. “The pandemic has modified many elements of public well being right here in Pennsylvania and nationwide. I’m honored to guide the division throughout this transformative time in public well being and I look ahead to persevering with to work intently with the super workers on the Division of Well being and guaranteeing our well being stays a high precedence all through the commonwealth.”