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N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos Accepts Resignation of State Health Director

 

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
              919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C.-Today, the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos, M.D., accepted the resignation of Dr. Laura Gerald, the State Health Director and Director of the Division of Public Health, effective immediately. Earlier this evening in a note to all Division of Public Health employees, Dr. Wos wrote:

     Today, I have accepted the resignation of Dr. Laura Gerald, who for the past 18 months has served the people of the state as the Director of the Division of Public Health and the State Health Director, effective immediately. On behalf of nearly 18,000 DHHS employees, please join me in thanking Dr. Gerald for her service to the state and wishing her well on her future endeavors.

     During this period of transition for the Department, I have asked Danny Staley, the Deputy Director of Public Health, to temporarily serve as the Acting Director of the Division of Public Health. I have also asked Robin Cummings, M.D., the Director of DHHS' Office of Rural Health and Community Care, in addition to his current duties, to temporarily serve as the Acting State Health Director.

     From newborn screenings to chronic disease prevention and management, the functions of the Division of Public Health are vital to protecting the health and safety of all North Carolinians. I thank you for your continued dedication and service as we seek to better serve our customers..

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