Dr. Dean Kelaita

Dr. Dean Kelaita, the former Calaveras County health officer, has returned to practice at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Dr. Dean Kelaita has returned to Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas several months after resigning from his former job as the Calaveras County health officer, the hospital announced Monday.

Kelaita will be serving as co-director of the hospital’s family medical centers alongside Dr. John Krpan, who spoke highly of Kelaita in a statement included with the news release.

“He is a very caring and dedicated physician,” Krpan said of Kelaita. “His leadership and professionalism will be of great support to me, our staff, and patients.”

Doug Archer, president and chief executive officer of Mark Twain Medical Center, called Kelaita a “natural fit” for the hospital’s health care delivery system.

Kelaita graduated from Albany Medical College Medical School and completed his residency at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, before serving for 20 years as the health officer for Calaveras County.

“I am excited to be joining Mark Twain Medical Center in a more formal capacity,” Kelaita said in a written statement. “The organization has made tremendous strides in expanding services under the leadership of the current hospital administration. This partnership will allow me to continue to provide primary care for our community, as well as contribute administrative expertise and experience to improve the quality of care for the entire organization.”

In October, Kelaita announced he was stepping down as the health officer for Calaveras County due to the political climate at the time surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. He was initially appointed to the position in October 2000.

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