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News Release    

October 19, 2006      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Reappoints Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has reappointed Dr. Michael Caldwell as the county’s Commissioner of Health for a new six year term. 

County Executive Steinhaus said, “In the past 12 years, Dr. Caldwell has served Dutchess County with distinction. His dedication to our community has gone far beyond his professional responsibilities as health commissioner to advance public health and the wide-ranging issues surrounding it including having served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).”

“Dr. Caldwell has gained the respect and admiration of many local community leaders.  The relationships and partnerships he has developed have served to strengthen our community’s delivery of health and public safety services,” Steinhaus added.

Robert R. Dyson of The Dyson Foundation said of Dr. Caldwell, “His advocacy on issues ranging from bioterrorism to cancer to smoking prevention help to make Dutchess County a better place to live everyday.”

Dennis Murray, President of Marist College said Caldwell “has put the health and welfare of Dutchess County residents first and foremost on his agenda…”

Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers President Robert L. Savage noted to County Executive Steinhaus that Caldwell “has helped your efforts to improve Dutchess County’s reputation and to have our accomplishments become recognized on a state and national basis.”

Adil M. Ameer, President and CEO of Health Quest called Caldwell “a true champion and advocate for Dutchess County and its citizens in promoting access and availability to high-quality healthcare services.”

According to Dr. Daniel Z. Aronzon, “His research efforts for vaccines for HIV/AIDS and Herpes, to name a few, are superb examples of the synergy that can emerge between public health and epidemiological research.”

Deborah Stein, Dutchess Community Executive for the American Cancer Society believes Dr. Caldwell’s “professionalism and innovative thinking has made him a leader and a valuable asset to the field of public health.”

Pam Tarquinio, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Region of the American Heart Association referred to “his expertise, knowledge, and wisdom” and called him an “outstanding public servant.”

March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse stated, “Dr. Caldwell is one of the finest public health officials that I have encountered…”

Charles S. North, President of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce said Caldwell “has always been exceptionally responsive” and Shirley Adams said he has “done much to improve the lives of the families” served by Catharine Street Center.

Dr. Caldwell said, “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Dutchess County for the past twelve years.  I look forward to continuing to work with our great staff, our community partners, County Executive Steinhaus, The Board of Health and our County Legislature to protect and to improve the public's health.

I'm pleased at the progress that County Executive Steinhaus and our Department of Health staff have made in our fight against heart disease, cancer, Lyme Disease and so many other important public health challenges.

I have always valued the spirit of caring, compassion and collaboration that is so evident across our beautiful County.  I will continue to challenge all of us to invest more time to improve the health of ourselves, our families, our businesses and our neighborhoods."

Pursuant to the Dutchess County Charter, the County Executive appoints the Commissioner of Health subject to confirmation by the County Legislature.  Mr. Steinhaus has forwarded Dr. Caldwell’s appointment to the Legislature for consideration in November.


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