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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

Individuals 12 and over who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals 12 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.