SC Board of Health and Environmental Control Selects Dr Edward Simmer as Next Director of DHEC


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Board of Environmental Health and Control announced its choice for the next director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the board has chosen Dr. Edward Simmer, MD, to be the agency’s next director.

The board of directors selects the director of DHEC and the selection must then be approved by the governor, as well as the advice and approval of the Senate.

Simmer is currently Chief Medical Officer, TRICARE Health Plan, and will retire from the Navy on December 31, 2020.

According to the release, he served as Commander and CEO of WA Naval Hospital, Oak Harbor, and has over 25 years of extensive clinical leadership and team building experience.

“2020 emphasized the importance of the work of DHEC employees on a daily basis. The selection of Dr. Edward Simmer as Director of DHEC reaffirms the Board’s commitment to promoting and protecting the health and safety of all people in South Carolina and the communities where they live, work and play, ”said said Charmain Council Mark Elam. “Dr. Simmer’s management experience through his naval career of over 30 years, his long-standing residence in Beaufort and his proven leadership skills will serve the agency well, its many talented and dedicated employees and the people of South Carolina.

Simmer received his MD from the University of Saint Louis and holds a Masters of Public Health with a focus on epidemiology from the Eastern Virginia Medical School / Old Dominion University Consortium.

He is also board certified in general and forensic psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as certification in administrative psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.

“With his solid background in providing strategic direction and managing large, complex organizations, we are confident in Dr. Simmer’s ability to work with agency experts and community partners to successfully guide us through the challenges. current public health and environmental issues that we face. coming, ”Elam said.

The director of DHEC will serve for a four-year term.

Governor Henry McMaster released the following statement on Tuesday after the board recommended Simmer as DHEC’s next director:

“Dr. Simmer’s service and professional qualifications are outstanding, his career and accomplishments demonstrate the proven leadership and management skills required to lead the Department of Health and Environmental Control. The board did an excellent job. choice and I hope the Senate will confirm Dr. Simmer as soon as possible.


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