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Mayo Clinic's Mark S. Fratzke Named Chief Operating Officer for Alameda Health System

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OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alameda Health System (AHS) announced today that Mark S. Fratzke has been named Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Mr. Fratzke is responsible for leading system operations across Alameda Health System's 5 hospitals and 4 ambulatory wellness centers. He will also serve as the Chief Administrative Officer for Highland Hospital, a regional trauma center and teaching hospital located in Oakland, Calif.

"Mark's insights into delivering the highest quality care are culled from his more than 25 years of health care administration experience, including 10 years at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic," said Wright L. Lassiter, III, Chief Executive Officer of AHS. "His strategic understanding of hospital and clinic operations provide a huge opportunity for our system to continue our delivery of world-class patient and family centered health care to all of Alameda County."

Mr. Fratzke most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's Southwest Minnesota region, which includes multiple integrated hospitals and clinics with 3,600 employees. Mr. Fratzke led all clinical operations, clinical support services and strategy.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve Alameda County by ensuring the growing number of patients we are seeing have prompt access to the highest level of quality and customer service," said Mr. Fratzke about his new role at AHS.

He previously held several roles within Mayo Clinic including Chief Nursing Officer, Chief of Hospital Operations and Nurse Administrator for Neurosurgery, Neurology, Rehabilitation and Discharge Planning. Prior to the Mayo Clinic, Mr. Fratzke was the Administrator of the Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital and Mental Health Hospital in Visalia, Calif. During his 16 years there, he planned and organized the building of a 61-bed freestanding rehabilitation hospital, and helped acquire an additional 68-bed mental health hospital. He is also a member of VHA's Clinical Steering Committee, and the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Mr. Fratzke has a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business in Minneapolis, Minn., and a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Winona State University in Winona, Minn.

About Alameda Health System (AHS)

Alameda Health System, a major public health care provider headquartered in Oakland, California, is recognized as a world-class patient and family centered system of care with more than 4,500 employees, 1,000 physicians and 480 volunteers. Their facilities include Highland Hospital, a major regional trauma center and teaching hospital; Alameda Hospital, an acute care facility providing emergency, in-patient and outpatient services in Alameda; San Leandro Hospital, which provides emergency and in-patient hospital care services; John George Psychiatric Hospital, an acute and emergency care facility in San Leandro; Fairmont Hospital, an acute rehabilitation hospital and skilled nursing facility, also in San Leandro; and four ambulatory wellness centers in Oakland as well as in Newark and Hayward.

CONTACT: Jerri Applegate Randrup JRandrup@alamedahealthsystem.org 510-437-4732

Source:Alameda Health System