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Dutchess County Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health to Step Down

Published: 8/25/2016

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced today that Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM will step down as the Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) to pursue an opportunity at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, where he completed his postgraduate internship work.    The opportunity will enable Dr. Kurban to focus on the clinical services and direct patient care rather the programmatic and administrative aspects required of the Commissioner position.    Dr. Kurban’s resignation is effective Friday, September 23rd, 2016.

Dr. Kurban joined the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) in January 2016 after having served most recently as Health Director for the Florida Department of Health – Charlotte County Health Department in Port Charlotte, FL.

"Dutchess County has a very talented group of professionals serving the community in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.    The breadth of programs and service is wide-ranging and impressive, and it is clear the County is on track to achieve the County Executive’s ambitious goal of being the healthiest county in New York State within 10 years.    As I engaged in the department’s various services including the County’s clinical programs, my passion for direct patient care was reignited and it is the area I wish to focus on going forward.   I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in Dutchess County, but I look forward to a new role that better suits my interests and the needs of my family."

"I am a true believer in listening to your heart and following your passion in one’s career choices.    The opportunity at Bassett Hospital provides Dr. Kurban the chance to be more hands-on in patient care and more closely connects him with family near Cooperstown.   We wish Dr. Kurban well in his next endeavors and thank him for his service,” said County Executive Molinaro.   “We are fortunate to have an experienced, capable team at DBCH to ensure our work continues seamlessly as we search for an individual who is inspired by the wide and varied challenges of public health administration and strives to have a positive impact on public health on our community." 

The County has begun an executive search to an individual with the necessary combination of management skill and clinical knowledge to serve as Commissioner.    An Acting Commissioner from within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health will be appointed by County Executive Molinaro in September, pending approval by the New York State Department of Health.