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St. Joseph Health appoints new Chief Operating Officer for Sonoma County

(Santa Rosa, CA – February 18, 2013) President Todd Salnas of St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County, today publicly announced the appointment of David Ziolkowski, who after a national search has been recruited from Duke University Health System as the new Chief Operating Officer for the healthcare ministry's Sonoma County operations. Ziolkowski will begin his new role here with St. Joseph Health on March 11, 2013.

As chief operating officer, Ziolkowski will be responsible for the efficient operation of St. Joseph Health's services throughout Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, as well as numerous outpatient and community outreach programs.

"I am honored to be joining Todd and the Sonoma County team at St. Joseph Health," Ziolkowski said from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. "This is a unique opportunity to join a highly regarded organization with a rich history of providing quality care while maintaining mutual respect and trust between staff, providers, and the community. As rapid change transforms the healthcare landscape, St. Joseph remains well positioned to meet the current and future demands it will face in continuing to serve the community."

At Duke, Ziolkowski has worked at one of the nation's top 10 academic medical centers. He served as a key leader in creating Duke LifePoint, an innovative joint venture between Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals. Duke LifePoint was established to acquire and successfully manage community hospitals through providing their hospitals access to Duke's clinical expertise and LifePoint's operational resources. Ziolkowski managed the development and operations functions for Duke, leading to the successful expansion of Duke LifePoint to four hospitals and more than $500 million in annual net revenues.

Ziolkowski also spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning his career in healthcare administration in 1996 at Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health). In 2009, he joined Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo as its Chief Operating Officer. While overseeing overall operations for this 200-bed, non-profit district hospital, Ziolkowski also led physician development and alignment initiatives and served as Doctors Medical Center's chief information technology executive. Under his leadership, he directed the redesign of daily operations and financial management by implementing an outcomes-based performance improvement system leading to marked improvements in organizational, clinical and operational performance.

Ziolkowski's experience with implementing cutting-edge technology to support clinical quality and patient experience also include his tenures at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, North Carolina (2002-2008), and in San Ramon at GE Healthcare (2000-2002), which bought out a Santa Cruz decision support software company that he co-founded.

"David's experience in not-for-profit healthcare operations, strategy and clinical information systems, along with his success in working with physician partners to integrate and improve patient care, will greatly benefit the people we serve and our ministry," Salnas said of his successor in the local Chief Operating Officer's position.

Ziolkowski was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from Marquette University. He and his wife, Helen, have three young children.

Please see a photo of David Ziolkowski (below). For more information or to request interviews, please contact Katy Hillenmeyer at (707) 227-6828.

David Ziolkowski

St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County is an integrated healthcare delivery organization sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of the communities it serves. Entities include Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, St. Joseph Urgent Care Centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. St. Joseph Health offers residents of the Redwood Empire a spectrum of healthcare services. These include general acute care hospital services, trauma services, urgent care services, health prevention and promotion, outpatient behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, home care, and community benefit programs that improve the health of our communities and the quality of life in Sonoma County and the surrounding region.

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