A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a student at Eastern Oregon University in this file shot from May 2021. The COVID pandemic exacerbated an existing shortage of nurses and other health care workers across the United States and in Oregon. That’s among the pressing issues greeting James Schroeder, who takes over at the helm of the Oregon Health Authority, in 2023.

Oregon’s health care system will begin 2023 with a fresh start as a new director for the Oregon Health Authority takes the helm and Gov.-elect Tina Kotek is sworn into office.

James Schroeder, currently the CEO of the state’s largest Medicaid insurer, Health Share of Oregon, will serve as interim director starting Jan. 10, the same day Kotek takes office and Gov. Kate Brown’s term ends. He’ll have plenty to tackle as he takes over for Patrick Allen, who was appointed by Brown, also initially on an interim basis.

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