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Rideout Health Names New Chief Operating Officer

Rideout Press Releases

MARYSVILLE, February 9, 2016 -- Melissa Burns, MS, RN, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Rideout Health, the non-profit community based health system located in Northern California, reporting directly to CEO Gino Patrizio.

Based at Rideout Memorial Hospital, Ms. Burns will oversee operations of the non-profit's two acute care hospitals, surgery center and cancer center, with a focus on the transition to the new Rideout Regional Medical Center opening later in 2016.

Ms. Burns joined Rideout Health as its Chief Nursing Officer in September 2014. She was recruited for her leadership skills, experience with Systems Improvement Agreements and a demonstrated ability to guide institutional transformation.

As CNO, she has been responsible for leading and managing the practice and education of Rideout's 800+ nurses and aids at Rideout's two acute-care hospitals, surgery center, and cancer center.

Ms. Burns was also a key member of the executive team that led to the successful implementation of a plan of correction for Rideout Health, resulting in the restoration of Rideout's deemed status as a Medicare provider.

"I am very pleased that Melissa Burns has been selected as our new COO – a pivotal leadership role which will take us forward in these challenging and exciting times," said Gino Patrizio, CEO. "She has the skills, drive and the expertise to effectively manage Rideout Health."

Prior to joining Rideout, Ms. Burns spent eight years with Southwest Healthcare System in southern California, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, a Fortune 500 health facility management company. Joining in 2006, she first served as director of emergency services and then as director of nursing. In 2010 she was named Associate Chief Nursing Officer. During her tenure, she helped lead Southwest to the successful implementation of a plan of correction under a Systems Improvement Agreement. She was promoted to CNO of Inland Valley Medical Center in March 2013. Prior to her association with Southwest, Ms. Burns joined Scripps Mercy Hospital in 1988 and assumed her first leadership position in 1996. In 2005 she was appointed Director of Clinical Operations.

"I feel honored and excited to take on this new role as COO. Rideout Health is a wonderful organization with caring and professional health care staff and physicians. I have been privileged to lead the nursing division for the past fifteen-months and I look forward to leading the organization and playing an influential role in shaping Rideout's future – now and in the years ahead," said Melissa Burns.

After receiving her first nursing degree in 1988 from the University of Southern California Medical Center's School of Nursing in Los Angeles, Ms. Burns earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration with honors, from San Diego State University. Ms. Burns holds a current license as a Registered Nurse in California.

Rideout Health is a non-profit community-based system comprised of two acute-care, not-for-profit hospitals: Rideout Memorial Hospital, and Fremont Medical Center; the Rideout Cancer Center affiliated with UC Davis Medical Center; Rideout Outpatient Clinics and a host of ancillary services including: senior living services; home health; hospice and durable medical equipment; located throughout Yuba, Sutter and Nevada Counties.

Rideout's health system employs more than 2300 employees and has approximately 300 physicians on the medical staff.