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Interim director picked for San Juan Basin Health Department

The Board of Health for San Juan Basin Health Department announces the appointment of Julie Thompson as interim executive director of the San Juan Basin Health Department.

Thompson will serve as director during this extended and expanded search process through the date at which a new executive director is appointed and able to begin duties as San Juan Basin Health Department’s new director.

?“Ms. Thompson’s wealth of experience in the field of health care administration, coupled with her unique knowledge of our community as a result of her recent work with the Community Health Care Capacity Project, will be immensely beneficial to the San Juan Basin Health Department and the Board of Health as we continue our search for a new executive director,” explained Bob Ledger, chair of the San Juan Basin Board of Health. “As the Board looks forward to working with Ms. Thompson during this interim period, we would also like to express our deep gratitude to Lynn Westberg for her over 20 years of dedicated service to our community and acknowledge her notable achievements during her tenure as San Juan Basin Health’s director.”

Thompson earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on health administration from the University of Wisconsin as well. She possesses 30 years of experience in health care administration, including 12 years with Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua, Wis. Most recently, Thompson has served as the coordinator of the La Plata County Community Health Care Capacity Project.?

?“While assessing this county’s health care situation over the past year,” said Thompson, “I was greatly impressed with the level of service provided by San Juan Basin Health. I was continuously reminded by community members of the integral role the health department plays in La Plata and Archuleta counties. This is due in large part to the leadership of Lynn Westberg as its director and I know the community is greatly appreciative of her efforts. I look forward to working with the staff at San Juan Basin Health in continuing its proud tradition of excellence in public health.”

?For additional information, call board of health member Bill Willson at 749-6364.