Wait is the head of the Health Department and its many operations.
She is a native of Goshen, and before being hired was a family physician and managing partner at Goshen Family Physicians. She also served as a member of the medical staff at Goshen Health and medical director for Goshen College. Wait earned her medical degree at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
“In the middle of a pandemic and our community’s most desperate hour, this talented young physician, Dr. Bethany Wait, came to us and hit the ground running,” said Josi DeHaven, spokesperson and vice president for the Elkhart County Board of Health. “Her work, her methods and the results of her dedication to every man, woman and child in Elkhart County have made a significant difference to the health and well-being of our diverse community. While we respect her decision, we’re disappointed to know she’s leaving. As you can imagine, the board of health, and I dare say, the thousands of people she’s helped as our county health officer, remain grateful for the work she’s done on our behalf.”
Wait was hired Dec. 23, 2020 to replace retiring Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz. She assumed her duties Jan. 1 of this year.