Gerald resigns as head of NC health department

From staff reportsJuly 30, 2013 

Editor's note: A brief Wednesday about the resignation of State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald incorrectly stated that she was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2012 when the Division of Public Health and the Office of Rural Health and Community Care were merged. the merger was proposed but never enacted.

RALEIGH - Dr. Laura Gerald, State Health Director and director of the Division of Public Health, has resigned her post effective immediately, according to Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldona Wos.

Wos gave no reason for Gerald’s resignation.

Danny Staley, the deputy director of Public Health, will temporarily serve as the acting director of the Division of Public Health. Dr. Robin Cummings, director of DHHS’ Office of Rural Health and Community Care, will temporarily add acting State Health Director to his duties, Wos said in the statement to DHHS employees.

Following her medical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Gerald was recruited as part of the National Health Service Corps to return to her hometown of Lumberton to practice general pediatrics. She also earned a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Gerald was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue in January 2012.

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