CEO Wright Lassiter III: Expanding Alameda Health System's Community Reach

Wright L. Lassiter III has served as CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif., since 2005.

Mr. Lassiter has more than 22 years of experience. Prior to leading AHS, he was senior vice president of operations for JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. There, he led an expansion plan that added a 108-bed hospital tower. He has also held leadership positions with Methodist Health System in Dallas.

Since he took the helm at AHS, Mr. Lassiter has expanded key services and improved operating efficiency and patient experience at the 475-bed system. He also led the system through a name change from Alameda County Medical Center to what it is today.

The name is not the only thing Mr. Lassiter is changing at AHS. In May, the system signed a letter of intent with Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health to transfer ownership of San Leandro Hospital to AHS. This transfer, which will be complete at the end of October, fits with Mr. Lassiter's greater goals for the system.

"This agreement is a significant milestone towards our objective of expanding our network of facilities that deliver care to all of our communities," he said in a news release.

In addition to his duties at AHS, Mr. Lassiter is dedicated to volunteering in the community. He has served as board chairman for the YMCA of the East Bay, the Alameda Alliance for Health and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. He is also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the National Association of Health Service Executives, among many other groups.

Mr. Lassiter earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from Bloomington-based Indiana University.

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