PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dr. Cheryl Bettigole is now the town of Philadelphia’s Well being Commissioner, Mayor Jim Kenney introduced Thursday. Dr. Bettigole has been the performing Well being Commissioner since Might 2021.
Dr. Bettigole has been the town’s director of the Division of Continual Illness and Damage Prevention inside the Division of Public Well being since 2015. She was elevated to the performing Well being Commissioner position final summer time, specializing in the town’s COVID response. She additionally led the town’s well being division efforts on making medical providers obtainable to Afghan evacuees at Philadelphia Worldwide Airport.
Mayor Kenney praised Dr. Bettigole within the announcement, saying partially:
“All through her complete profession, Dr. Bettigole has demonstrated a deep dedication to prioritizing fairness, entry, and prevention in public well being.”
“I’m assured that together with her expertise, imaginative and prescient, and steadfast management, we’ve discovered one of the best individual to guide the Well being Division as we work urgently on a number of fronts to make sure the well being and wellbeing of all residents.”
Earlier than her authorities work, Dr. Bettigole was Chief Medical Officer of Full Care Well being Community in New Jersey, in addition to a household doctor and scientific director with Philadelphia’s Metropolis Well being Facilities.
“I’m honored by this chance to serve our metropolis and to additional our objective of selling and defending the well being of all Philadelphians,” Dr. Bettigole stated in a press release. “I sit up for persevering with this work with my colleagues and our many valued companions all through the town. The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the significance of fairness, entry, and the usage of a data-informed method in each side of public well being, and I’m dedicated to championing these priorities within the work forward.”