Contra Costa supervisors appoint new county health officer

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Dr. Christopher Farnitano has been appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors as the new County Health Officer at its meeting this week.

Dr. Farnitano joined Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) in 1991 and has “medical oversight and authority to protect the health and safety of county residents, including communicable disease control, environmental health, hazardous materials, vital records and emergency medical services,” according to the county.

 “Chris is a dedicated physician with a career’s worth of experience serving the public in Contra Costa County,” CCHS Director Anna M. Roth said in statement.

Dr. Farnitano was previously a deputy county health officer, Ambulatory Care Director and Director of Process Redesign and System Integration at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC), a division of Contra Costa Health Services. At CCRMC, Dr. Farnitano held previous posts as assistant director of the residency program and Chair of the Family Medicine Department.

He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine and joined CCHS as a family medicine resident 27 years ago.

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