TOPEKA, Kan. — Janet Stanek, Kansas’ new health and environment secretary, was sworn in Monday in a ceremony at the Statehouse.
Governor Laura Kelly announced that Stanek would take over the role of Dr. Lee Norman, the former KDHE secretary, in late November last year. Previously, she served as acting secretary until the Kansas Senate could confirm her earlier this month.
Stanek was sworn in by Shawnee County District Court Judge David B. Debenham in a ceremony on the first floor of the Kansas Statehouse rotunda.
She comes to the post as the spread of COVID-19 has decreased significantly since omicron peaked earlier this year in January. Stanek said the KDHE will re-evaluate some of the COVID-19 procedures as the state moves into a new phase of the pandemic.
“Some of the activities we had to do. Various meetings, incident command and things like that we’re going to reevaluate how often we do them, how often we put out reports, stats and so on and then just try to keep doing our job be prepared for surge capabilities and so on,” Stanek said.
Stanek was previously director of the state employee health benefits program. She also spent more than 20 years at Stormont Vail Health of Topeka, where she served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President.
Going forward, Stanek said she looks forward to working on non-pandemic issues within the agency, including some of the work done by KDHE where environment intersects with health. public.
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