New Chief Medical Officer Joins Alaska Native Medical Center

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Dr. Paul Franke Brings Additional Executive Oversight and Leadership to Medical Staff

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 Vice President 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.

About the Alaska Native Medical Center
The Alaska Native Medical Center operates a state-of-the-art 150-bed facility providing comprehensive medical services to Alaska Native and American Indian people. ANMC is jointly managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation and includes the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center.

About the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
ANTHC is a not‐for‐profit tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. We provide statewide services in specialty medical care; construction of water, sanitation and health facilities; community health and research; information technology and professional recruiting. For more information, please visit

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