Albanese re-elected as chair of health unit

FORT FRANCES—Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese was re-elected chair of the Northwestern Health Unit’s board of health for a fifth-consecutive year during a meeting Friday in Dryden.
Coun. Albanese, who’s sat on the board of health since 1989, said Monday that he’s looking forward to another year.
“It’s going to be a busy and challenging year for the Northwestern Health Unit this year, especially with the retirement of Dr. Pete Sarsfield as of Dec. 31, 2007,” he noted.
“The Northwestern Health Unit is facing a transitional time until Dr. Monika Dutt is able to take over as our new [medical officer of health] and CEO,” added Coun. Albanese.
Dr. Dutt is expected to start in July.
The acting CEO at this time is Mark Perrault, the health unit’s director of operations and health promotion, who, along with the managers and other directors, “will make sure things run smoothly until Dr. Dutt comes in this summer,” said Coun. Albanese.
“In the meantime, Dr. Sarsfield is our acting [medical officer of health] for the Northwestern Health Unit, so we’ve still got him in case of an emergency,” he added. “We can depend on him to be there.”
The board of health also will be busy making sure the health unit’s programming goals are met in 2008.
“I thank the board for having the confidence in me to lead the Northwestern Health Unit through this transitional period,” said Coun. Albanese.
The health unit board holds an election each January.
The Northwestern Health Unit board of health represents 19 communities, governing 13 health units encompassing an area from Pickle Lake to Rainy River to Atikokan.
(Fort Frances Times)