Arizona health department director resigns to join BCBS of Arizona


Cara Christ, MD, director of Arizona's Department of Health Services, is leaving her position for an executive position at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, AZFamily reports.

Dr. Christ will be joining the insurer as chief medical officer and senior vice president of network and contracting on Aug. 30. 

The move ends Dr. Christ's 13-year tenure with the Department of Health Services on Aug. 27.

"She's implemented effective statewide testing and internationally-recognized mass vaccination sites, established the national model Arizona SurgeLine, worked hard to increase vaccinations for communities in need, and so much more," Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet announcing Dr. Christ's leave.

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