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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District welcomes Medical Director Dr. Gary Goodnight

Graphic announcing Dr. Gary Goodnight as the new medical director for the health district

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Goodnight as the new Health Authority for Taylor County effective October 30, 2021.  Dr. Goodnight replaces Dr. Annie Drachenberg whose contract ended October 29, 2021.  The City of Abilene is very appreciative of her service to our community during an extremely difficult two years and we wish her many successes in her private practice.

Dr. Goodnight holds a degree in osteopathic medicine from Oklahoma State University, as well as a bachelor of pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In private practice in Abilene since 1990, Dr. Goodnight is board certified in otolaryngology, and specializes primarily in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), along with otolaryngologic allergy. 

Dr. Goodnight has served as Chief of Staff for Hendrick Medical Center, and been a member of Hendrick Medical Center Foundation’s board of directors. Dr. Goodnight was named one of Hendrick Medical Center’s Physicians of the Quarter in 2012, and one of the Consumers Research Council of America’s Top Physicians for four years.

As the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District’s Health Authority, Dr. Goodnight will oversee its nurse practitioners and physician assistants, aid in the reporting of infectious diseases to state authorities, aid in disease prevention, quarantine inspections and sanitation issues and help carry out public health required rules and ordinances.  

Dr. Goodnight’s two year term appointment as Health Authority was voted on and approved by Abilene City Council at its October 14, 2021 meeting as well as the County Commissioners at its October 12 meeting.

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