New Leader Selected for Department’s Aging Division

WDH 2-16-17

Lisa Osvold is joining the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) as the new senior administrator of the department’s Aging Division.

Osvold is currently deputy director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, a position she’s held for 11 years. An Army veteran, Osvold previously worked in workforce development and social work in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Osvold is excited to take on a role where she can work directly with programs intended to help Wyoming residents. “Our state’s older adults deserve representation and the best possible service we can offer whether through community-based programs or in the state facilities operated by the department,” she said. “At the same time, patients need to know we’re helping ensure all of Wyoming’s healthcare facilities are being operated safely.”

The WDH Aging Division includes the Community Living Section and the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys, as well as the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo.

Osvold replaces Heather Babbitt as senior administrator. Babbitt has accepted the position of operations administrator for the Behavioral Health Division, also part of WDH.

Tom Forslund, WDH director, said “Lisa’s extensive experience and familiarity with Wyoming state government, together with her military and private sector history will be valuable to our department. We are fortunate to be adding Lisa to our team while also keeping Heather on board.”