BCHU Acting Medical Officer of Health departing in Spring 2021

Published on: January 7, 2021

BRANTFORD, ON – The Brant County Health Unit’s (BCHU) Board of Health would like to announce the departure of Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke from her role as Acting Medical Officer of Health (MOH) effective Spring 2021. BCHU’s Board of Health has begun the recruiting process to replace Dr. Urbantke and will announce when a suitable candidate has been chosen.

Board of Health Chair John Bell expressed his appreciation for Dr. Urbantke’s service as well as her assistance in ensuring a smooth transition until a successful recruitment can be completed for her successor. Chair Bell also conveyed his continuing confidence in BCHU staff in their COVID-19 response efforts.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Urbantke for her service to this community, especially through what has been a very difficult year,” said Chair Bell. “I’m confident, that despite Dr. Urbantke’s departure, the Health Unit can effectively plan and carry out its key objectives in what will be a crucial time in our pandemic response with vaccine administration on the horizon. BCHU staff have demonstrated experience in delivering vaccine programs in the past and that knowledge will be valuable for our community for the road ahead.”

Dr. Urbantke joined BCHU in September 2019 in the role of Acting MOH. She has played a lead role in guiding Brantford-Brant County through the COVID-19 pandemic response and has worked tirelessly with the Joint Emergency Operations Committee of the City and County to ensure the safety and health of our community members.

“I will miss working with the amazing team at BCHU and the warm community welcome I received when I came to Brantford-Brant in 2019. I will assist with the transition in any way I am able,” said Dr. Urbantke.