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December 21, 2020
Dr. James Wallace succeeds Dr. John McCarthy as Health Officer
OKANOGAN COUNTY– Family Health Centers today announced that Medical Director Dr. James Wallace has been selected as the Okanogan County Health Officer, effective January 1, 2021. Dr. Wallace will replace Dr. John McCarthy, who is retiring from the position. Community Health Director Lauri Jones said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wallace as our new Health Officer. He brings to the job his years of experience living and working in this community and has strong connections across the county. His background in public health and proven commitment to the health of our community makes him a great fit for this position.”
Dr. Wallace joined Family Health Centers in 2012 as a board-certified family physician with obstetrics and took on the role of Medical Director in 2015. He has been a leading voice in the numerous collaborative discussions around prompting the best health outcomes for our community.
Family Health Centers and Okanogan County Public Health share enthusiasm in welcoming Dr. Wallace to the role of Okanogan County Health Officer. Dr. Wallace received his Masters in Public Health through the department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at UNC Hospitals, where he served as Chief Resident and focused on improving quality of care for rural, immigrant and refugee communities.
Dr. Wallace will continue to see patients at Family Health Centers in Brewster and in Twisp, and attend deliveries and provide inpatient care at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak. In addition to regular duties as health officer, Dr. Wallace will be focused on the County’s COVID-19 management and vaccination plans. “It’s a privilege to serve as Okanogan County Health Officer,” Dr. Wallace said, “I’m grateful for the confidence of the Okanogan County Board of Health and look forward to building on the devoted legacy left by Dr. McCarthy. Okanogan County Public Health has built strong partnerships and is leading us through the COVID-19 pandemic and onward to better health and county-wide prosperity. I’m honored to play a role and make a contribution.”