Grace Hill President and CEO Alan O. Freeman visited with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon prior to ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Grace Hill Water Tower Health Center.
Jay Nixon has named Alan O. Freeman, president and chief executive officer of Grace Hill Health Centers, as the new director of the Missouri Department of Social Services.
"Very few leaders have Alan Freeman's
unique combination of health care administration experience and an intimate understanding of the needs of Missouri's
most vulnerable families and children," Gov
"As we move forward with meeting those needs, I am confident that Alan is the right person to take on the challenges ahead, and that he will continue the fine work the department has done under acting Director Brian Kinkade, and under Director Ron Levy before him."
In November 2006, Freeman became president and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers, which operates five health care centers and a community health program in St. Louis.
From 2002 to 2006, he was executive director for Missouri Highlands Health Care, a non-profit community health center that provides primary and preventive health services in Butler, Carter, Iron, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon and Wayne counties.
Freeman also served six years as the CEO for Cass Medical Center in Harrisonville, as well as senior leadership positions at two other Missouri hospitals.
He is the current president of the board of directors of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, has served as board president for the Missouri Primary Care Association, and also sat on the governing body of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission.
Freeman holds a master of business administration with an emphasis in health services management from Webster University, and will complete the coursework component of the doctor of management program at Webster in March 2013.
He also is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
wife are residents of Ellington.