Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert has been appointed the new Rockland County Commissioner of Health. She will fill the position held by Dr. Joan Facelle, who retired five months ago, after 12 years of service. Board certified in Family Medicine with extensive experience in primary care, rehabilitation care and specialty medicine in private offices, clinics and hospital settings, Dr. Ruppert has served with distinction as president of the Medical Staff at Helen Hayes Hospital, as well as assistant clinical professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Dr. Ruppert is recognized as an expert in medical care and has earned a reputation with fellow physicians, administration, and staff as highly competent, motivated, and skilled at patient care and professional management,” County Executive Vanderhoef said. “I am confident that her experience, leadership and dedication will serve to protect the health of residents of Rockland County.”

A resident of Stony Point, Dr. Ruppert, 54, is married and has 3 children. On several occasions she was selected as one of “America’s Top Family Doctors.” Dr. Ruppert officially assumes the role of Health Commissioner on July 1 at an annual salary of $157,349.

“I am honored to follow in Dr. Joan Facelle’s footsteps as the next Commissioner of Health of Rockland County,” said Dr. Ruppert. “I view all of the residents of Rockland as my own patients whose well-being I will strive to promote during my tenure. I am proud to raise my family in Rockland and hope to improve the health and safety for those who live, work and visit our great County.”

Vanderhoef also gave special thanks to acting Health Commissioner Kathy Henry for her service to Rockland County, and her able leadership and supervision of the Department of Health following Dr. Facelle’s departure.

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