St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Purushotham, to Step Down

St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Purushotham, to Step Down

Dr. Diana Purushotham, the health officer for St. Joseph County, has notified commissioners of her resignation from the position she started in July. County Commissioner President Carl Baxmeyer confirmed that Purushotham informed him informally on Tuesday of her decision to leave. Her last day has not been determined yet, but her executive assistant stated that she is still currently serving as the health officer. Purushotham is resigning because she will be relocating out of town due to her husband accepting a job elsewhere. She has declined to comment to The Tribune until the county board of health meeting on March 20.

Last June, the health board unanimously appointed Purushotham as the new health officer to replace Dr. Joseph Cerbin, who had served as an interim following the retirement of Dr. Robert Einterz. Einterz announced his resignation in December 2022, citing the county commissioners’ lack of support for funding a behavioral crisis center. Purushotham, who previously worked at the South Bend Clinic at Unity Physicians Hospital in Mishawaka, stepped in as the health department secured additional funding from Indiana’s Health First program.

In addition to Purushotham’s departure, Robin Vida, the director of the health department’s Health Outreach, Promotion, Education program, will also be leaving soon for a new role at Oaklawn. Vida, who has been with the department for over 16 years, will be working as a system of care coordinator with youths and families. She will continue in her current role until April 1 before transitioning to her new position. Vida stated that she felt it was the right time for this career change.

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