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Gov. Mike DeWine names Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff as Ohio Department of Health Director

'His medical and organizational expertise will help the department as we move forward and continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.'

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story features Dr. Vanderhoff discussing the COVID-19 pandemic was originally published prior to being named the Ohio Department of Health director.

The Ohio Department of Health will soon have a new leader.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday morning that Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff will take the role. Stephanie McCloud, who has been serving as the ODH director, returns to lead the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as administrator.

The changes take effect on Monday, Aug. 16. Both positions require confirmation by the Ohio Senate.

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Here is the full statement from Gov. DeWine:

“Working together as a team, Stephanie McCloud and Bruce Vanderhoff guided the Ohio Department of Health over the past nine months. I am pleased that Dr. Vanderhoff has agreed to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Health. His medical and organizational expertise will help the department as we move forward and continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I would also like to thank Stephanie McCloud for her leadership of the Ohio Department of Health and look forward to her return to lead the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.”

McCloud took on the role as ODH director last year as the replacement for Dr. Amy Acton after her resignation.

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