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News from Wyoming Department of Health

New Senior Administrator Named for Aging Division


Heather Babbitt has rejoined the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) as the Aging Division’s new senior administrator.

Babbitt has worked in the human services field since 1992.  She began as a De­partment of Family Services (DFS) caseworker in Laramie.  She has held various positions in DFS, most recently as the Economic Assistance Division ad­ministrator.  Babbitt has also worked at the Department of Corrections with inmate programming and previously at WDH as the drug court coordinator.

The Aging Division includes Community Living, the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, as well as the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys.

Tom Forslund, Wyoming Department of Health director, said he expects Babbitt’s state government experience to be an asset. “Our department is fortunate someone with a track record of administrative leadership was willing and available to fill this important role,” he said.

Babbitt said she looks forward to leading a division with such diversity. “In addition to three residential healthcare facilities, the Aging Division includes programs to support older adults throughout the state and also to help ensure safe healthcare for all residents through its licensing and survey role.”

Babbitt replaces April Getchius, who left the department for a professional opportunity in Colorado.

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