Central Nevada Health District Appoints Administrator

  • 2023-03-09, 08:47 PM
  • Rachel Dahl
Central Nevada Health District Appoints Administrator Dr. Antonina Capurro

The Board of the Central Nevada Health District has appointed Dr. Antonina Capurro to serve as administrator. During a special meeting held on March 2, 2023, the board voted to approve Dr. Capurro’s contract to lead the new district. She will officially begin on March 20, 2023.

Capurro currently serves as a deputy administrator at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Care Financing and Policy. She was raised in Nevada and calls the state home. She earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine, a Master of Public Health with a concentration in health care administration and policy, and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on mass communication and public affairs from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Additionally, Capurro completed a Master of Public Health with a dental emphasis and Dental Public Health Residency Program at A.T. Still University. 

“Dr. Capurro has exactly the experience, education, and relationships necessary to lead our new health district,” said Caleb Cage, Interim Administrator of the Central Nevada Health District. “County and city leaders have delivered an incredibly important opportunity to provide public health services to rural Nevadans through the establishment of the Central Nevada Health District and I am excited to see how the opportunity grows under Dr. Capurro’s leadership.” 

Capurro will be making $133,494 annually, with her start date of March 20, and one week time for relocation activities, she will start work in the office on March 27. In addition, her offer included time for conferences and professional memberships, and travel as well as the other benefits offered to county employees. 

During the meeting, Human Resources Director Geof Stark explained that the offer made to Capurro included an advancement in step placement from Step 5, as originally authorized by the county commission, to Step 13 which they authorized during their March 2 meeting along with class and specification and pay range increases for the seven positions created in the new health district. Commissioners granted permission to the health district to fill the additional positions at advanced steps for the three manager and one nurse practitioner positions. “In anticipation of challenges in filling these positions,” according to Stark, the approval for the increases was given. 

Before the motion to approve Capurro’s offer was made, County Commissioner Justin Heath stated that according to the public record effective in February 2022, Capurro was reprimanded by the dental board for practicing without a license. 

County Manager Jim Barbee stated that he wanted to clarify the role of the position was not a member of the board and is not represented as the physician of the board but reports directly to the Board of the Central Nevada Health District. 

“I am pleased with the Board’s confidence in my abilities to lead Nevada’s newest health district,” said Dr. Antonina Capurro. “I have worked hard throughout my career to build knowledge and experience about the systems and services that aim to improve public health and I am excited to apply those lessons in this new role.”



Rachel Dahl



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