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New Chief Medical Officer Joins Alaska Native Medical Center


Dr. Paul Franke  Bring s Additional Executive Oversight and Leadership to Medical Staff ANCHORAGE  –

March 11 –

The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC),  the leading  hospital for  Alaska  Native people  and  the  only Level  II trauma center in  Alaska ,  recently announced  that Paul Franke, M.D., has been appointed as  Chief  Medical  Officer.  

Dr. Franke will be actively involved in leadership related to the medical staff, policies and standards at  ANMC. In addition, he will serve as the primary champion of clinical quality, risk compliance  and  patient safety initiatives. ANMC is dedicated to building a strong, talented medical staff that can provide the  highest level of care for patients.  

Dr.  Franke brings a deep level of commitment to  quality health care and patient safety, as well as extensive leadership experience to  ANMC. This will ensure the medical staff is well equipped to provide the best care  possible to those who come to ANMC.  “ANMC is a great organization full of very bright staff members who are passionate about serving the health  needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people,” said  Dr. Franke. “I too have a great interest in meeting the health needs of Alaska and am  so pleased to be a part of this hospital‘s mission to continue to deliver world class  care to patients statewide. ”  

Prior to joining ANMC,  Dr. Franke held various  hospital  leadership roles. He served  as the  V ice  P resident of Medical Affairs at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care in  Iowa  where he was in charge of Quality Services, Case Management and the Medical Staff  Office , in addition to driving risk management initiatives.  He also served as the Chief  Medical  Officer at the Fremont Rideout Health Group in California and  director of  the Hospitalist Program at the Great Falls Clinic in Montana.

Dr. Franke became interested in medicine after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Louisville . Throughout his philosophy studies, Dr.  Franke took a particular interest in public health and completed graduate studies at the  Emory University School of Public Health, followed by a Medical Degree at the  Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at the University of  Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Business of Health Care certificate program at Johns Hopkins University.

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