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September 27, 2011 > Special Life Events: Debra Barnes

Special Life Events: Debra Barnes

Submitted By Gwynneth Dodge

Alameda County Health Care Foundation has appointed Debra Barnes as Executive Director of the Alameda County Health Care Foundation. Barnes will provide executive leadership and direction for the Foundation's fund development efforts on behalf of the Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC), the public hospital system serving Alameda County.

The Foundation strives to advance ACMC's mission of maintaining and improving the health of all residents of Alameda County, raising funds to support equipment and buildings, as well as disease management and wellness programs. These benefit ACMC's Highland Hospital, an acute care facility that is nationally recognized for the excellence of its teaching and training programs, its regional trauma center and specialty physician care; Fairmont Hospital, a rehabilitation facility located in San Leandro; John George Psychiatric Pavilion, also in San Leandro; and three free-standing ambulatory care centers.

"Our process was intensive and rigorous. We were fortunate to have several well-qualified candidates but Debra stood out among them. She brings the perfect combination of public health background, a hugely successful track record in fund development for a major hospital system, knowledge of and ties to our local community and excellent relationships with funders and major donors. Most importantly, she shares our passion for the Medical Center and its mission," said Clyde Thompson, partner in the Oakland-based law firm of Haapala, Thompson & Abern, LLP and Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

"Debra's experience and outstanding commitment to our community will be of great value as the medical center embarks on a major capital campaign related to our Acute Tower Replacement project" said Wright Lassiter, III, CEO of ACMC.

A resident of Berkeley, Barnes is a member of the board of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Oakland Rotary Club. She holds a credential as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional and is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

For more information about the Alameda County Health Care Foundation, visit

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