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POLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TO ACCEPT NEW POSITION
~Dr. Haight to be new Associate Vice President at Lakeland Regional~
TALLAHASSEE–The Florida Department of Health today announced that Polk County Health Department (PCHD) Director, Dr. Daniel Haight, has accepted the position of Associate Vice President of Community Health at Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC). This transition is expected to occur over the next month, and Dr. Ulyee Choe will serve as Interim PCHD Director, effective Nov. 19, 2012.
Dr. Haight has served as the Director of the county health department for more than 16 years and has worked alongside numerous community partners, department staff and others to accomplish various objectives. One final accomplishment will occur in late November when a decade-long effort to modernize all health department sites will be complete with the opening of the new Haines City clinic.
“As part of my career development, it is important for me to continue making an impact on the health of Polk County residents while still being involved in academics,” said Dr. Haight. “Joining Lakeland Regional Medical Center is an exciting opportunity. As one of the largest health systems in the state, people’s lives are impacted every day by highly trained professional and compassionate staff.”
Dr. Ulyee Choe is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of South Florida Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine. He has been working very closely with Dr. Haight on various healthcare initiatives and provides care in the adult and HIV clinics at the Polk County Health Department. His areas of interest include health promotion and preventative medicine. Polk Government Television featured Dr. Choe on multiple occasions discussing topics such as the Polk County’s obesity epidemic and local action plans. He also educated the community on the issue of West Nile Virus and the upcoming influenza season.