Meet New River Health District’s New Health Director Noelle Bissell at New Radford City Health Department Open House, April 14

March 30, 2017

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  • Robert Parker, public information officer, Western Region, 540-580-2960

(RADFORD, Va.) – The New River Health District would like to announce that after an exhaustive nationwide search, Noelle Bissell, M.D., has been selected as the district’s new health director.

“We are confident that Noelle’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the work, staff, and community of the New River Health Department, and that together we will continue to advance the mission in our local communities and spread the vision of healthy living for all,” said Deputy Commissioner for Community Health Services Robert W. Hicks.

Dr. Bissell, a native of the Baltimore area, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from Johns Hopkins University. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1990 from the University of Maryland, then completed an internship and medical tour with the U. S. Navy and was stationed in Iceland and Japan.

While in the Navy she met her husband, Charles, and after marrying they moved to San Diego where she completed her internal medicine residency with Mercy Hospital/ University of California at San Diego. They moved to the New River Valley in 2003. Charles is a surgeon at Carilion-New River Valley Medical Center. The Bissells have four children.

“I’m honored to have been selected and have been eagerly learning about VDH’s programs and community initiatives in the New River Valley, and meeting the many people who help make our work so meaningful,” said Bissell.

To meet Noelle Bissell – and to tour the newly relocated and recently opened Radford City Health Department – all are invited to attend an open house at the new health department offices, at 220 E. Main St. in Radford, April 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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