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DeWine Taps BWC Director To Head Ohio Department of Health

Nov 5, 2020

Stephanie McCloud
Credit Ohio Public Radio

After announcing a new record in COVID-19 cases and calling this the most dangerous stage of the pandemic, Governor Mike DeWine Thursday named a new leadership team at the Ohio Department of Health.

That includes a new health director and medical officer. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

It's been nearly five months since Doctor Amy Acton stepped down as director of the Ohio Department of Health. Now DeWine has named Bureau of Workers Compensation director Stephanie McCloud to take over the role. 

 

McCloud is not a doctor, but an attorney and veteran executive. DeWine says McCloud will be in charge of operations and administration at the department, while Doctor Bruce Vanderhoff will take over as the state's chief medical officer. 

"We need to have a key physician though at the department of health who has a direct line to me and someone who I can rely on every single day." 

 

DeWine says the interim director, Lance Himes, will stay on to oversee the distribution and coordination of the vaccine once it's available.