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Media Release: Dr. Ethan Toumishey to join leadership Team at HPEPH as Director of Clinical Programs

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/July 19, 2021

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ethan Toumishey has joined the leadership team as Director of Clinical Programs and, subject to the Ministry of Health approval process, will become an Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) in the coming year.

“Dr. Toumishey’s extensive public health knowledge and medical expertise will provide invaluable contributions to the leadership team at HPEPH,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “While completing his residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at HPEPH over the past several months, Dr. Toumishey has played an integral role in our pandemic response and we are fortunate to be gaining his expertise on a permanent basis as we plan our post pandemic recovery and the resumption of regular services.”

“Dr. Toumishey is already a familiar face to many in the community and the Board of Health is very pleased that he is joining HPEPH as a Director.  He will be a valuable addition to the dedicated team of public health professionals at HPEPH, and we are lucky to have him,” said Jo-Anne Albert, Chair of the Board of Health.

Dr. Toumishey studied Bio-Medical Science at the University of Ottawa, received his Bachelor of Medicine in 2016 from Dalhousie University, completed a Masters in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Queen’s University and met the requirements for fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June. He has worked as an independent family physician and is also a guest lecturer at Queen’s University. 

The 2006 Final Report of the Public Health Capacity Review Committee, which was struck in the aftermath of SARS, recommended that every health unit should have at least one Associate Medical Officer of Health. The addition of a second public health and preventive medicine specialist physician will enhance HPEPH’s ability to provide effective public health services to local communities. Public health services and programs are essential to preventing disease and injury and helps contribute to overall performance of the health system by helping people stay well.

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Media Contact:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist

mhyland@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.