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Health Director Steps Down

November 19, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

After three years and a half years, the director of MIssouri's Health department is stepping down.

Kimberly Lohman reports from Jefferson City.

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While at the helm of Missouri's Health Department, Dr. Coleen Kivlahan reigned over several statistical successes.

Governor Carnahan's office reports that state immunization rates are up by thirty percent and the infant death rate is at a 15-year low.

Tuesday, Kivlahan announced her resignation.

Spokesperson Nancy Gonder says Kivlahan calls her hundred-hour-a-week job as director -- the greatest of her career.

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Gonder says Kivlahan will continue to practice family medicine in Columbia.

The director Missouri's Labor department also announced she's leaving her post to spend more time with her family in St. Louis.

Reporting from the capitol, I'm Kimberly Lohman.