Westover, Md. – After six months as Acting Health Officer for the Somerset County Health Department, the Somerset County Commissioners nominated and the Maryland Secretary of Health appointed Lori Brewster, MS, APRN/LCADC as the next health officer for the county. Mrs. Brewster is also the Health Officer for the Wicomico County Health Department. She will retain that title in addition to her new duties in Somerset County.
Mrs. Brewster earned a Bachelor of Science from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the University of Maryland. She worked as a registered nurse at Eastern Shore Hospital Center, New Beginnings, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Choptank Adolescent Mental Health Treatment Center before joining the Wicomico County Health Department in 1991.
Mrs. Brewster was selected as Wicomico’s first Deputy Health Officer in 2002 and became Acting Health Officer when Dr. Judith Sensenbrenner retired in 2007. In April 2008, she was officially appointed as Wicomico County’s Health Officer by former County Executive Rick Pollitt.
“I am honored to be selected as the Somerset County Health Officer”, states Brewster. “I look forward to working with the employees of the health department and the community to improve health outcomes for all of Somerset’s residents.”
As Health Officer, Mrs. Brewster is responsible for the oversight and management of public health programs, assessment, planning and monitoring of services. She succeeds Craig Stofko who retired last year as Somerset County Health Officer.
In other staff changes, Danielle Weber, MS, RN has been selected as the first Somerset County Administrative Deputy Health Officer and will provide full time leadership to the agency. Ms. Weber started her nursing career at Somerset County Health Department in 1995 and worked as a Community Health Nurse and Program Supervisor in various Community Health Programs throughout her career. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Salisbury University and a Master of Science with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Management also from SU.
“I am very excited to enter into my new role as Deputy and look forward to working with Health Department employees, community members and local partners to promote and enhance the health of Somerset’s residents.”
For information on the many programs and services offered at the health department visit their website at somersethealth.org or on Face book at somersethd.org