Senator Rosalyn Baker, Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health released the following statement regarding the retirement of Department of Health (DOH) Director Bruce Anderson:
“I want to thank Dr. Anderson for his many years of service in State government. Had the Legislature been in session, my committee would have held oversight hearings on the Department’s budget, contemplated cuts in services and lack of leadership exhibited during this COVID-19 crisis.
The Department of Health needs a leader that has the ability to effectively guide our critical public health initiatives going forward and I’m confident that the Governor made the right decision in choosing Dr. Libby Char to lead the department at this critical juncture as its interim director.
Dr. Char understands the importance of collaboration, funding of essential services, and the necessity to maintain our critical healthcare infrastructure throughout the entire state. She also has the experience needed to help hospitals, care facilities and community health centers work together to carry out the State’s COVID-19 response efforts.
I look forward to working with her in the months ahead as we endeavor to address health disparities and curb the spread of COVID-19 in communities across Hawaiʻi.”