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Thomas M. Fritz, CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, to Speak at WSU College of Business Power Breakfast in Spokane

 
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Business will hold its next Power Breakfast in Spokane, Wash., on April 22, 2010. The breakfast will take place at The Davenport Hotel and will feature guest speaker Thomas M. Fritz, CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, giving a presentation titled “Health Care Reform: Bottom Line – It’s About People.”
 
As CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, Fritz administers a 102-bed, freestanding physical rehabilitation and medicine hospital; an ever-growing, comprehensive integrated hospital information technology system that manages more than 45,000 users in hospitals, clinics and physicians offices, and over 3.5 million electronic medical records; a multi-state critical care air ambulance service; and a wide-spread network of more than 100 telemedicine units throughout the Northwest. The innovative INHS information technology network is consistently mentioned as a national model of success, with 21 hospitals recognized in 2009 as the “100 Most Wired” in the nation by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.
 
Fritz has more than 25 years of experience working in direct patient care as well as government, non-profit and for-profit health care systems provides the depth and breadth of knowledge to lead the wide variety of services provided by INHS. He has a proven track record of developing and improving financial and regulatory stability of freestanding and government-based health care facilities through innovative thinking and his ability to bring multiple parties together to create solutions. Fritz is actively involved in public policy. His role with INHS provides a broad viewpoint and perspective into how policies impact a variety of health care services, and his experience working with government officials provides insight into how public policy shapes the future of the health care industry. Fritz was recently recognized by Seattle Business magazine as the "Outstanding Health Care Executive - Beyond Puget Sound."
 
Now in its seventh year, the Power Breakfast Series continues to inform, inspire, and engage WSU alumni and regional business leaders on topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. For registration or event information, contact Linda Infranco at 509-335-7853, infranco@wsu.edu, or visit http://www.cbpowerbreakfast.wsu.edu
 
The WSU College of Business is accredited at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college spans the four campuses of WSU with the largest campus in Pullman and urban campuses located in Spokane, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities area. The college conducts scholarly and applied research, and offers degree programs in a variety of business disciplines, and in hospitality business management, supplementing face-to-face offerings through innovative online learning and international programs. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at http://www.business.wsu.edu