DANBURY, Connecticut – June 19, 2017- Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) President and CEO John M. Murphy, MD, has announced the appointment of Richard Freeman, MD, ScD, MPH, FACP, to the newly created and expanded role of Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) for WCHN. In his new role, Dr. Freeman will provide clinical and administrative oversight for all medical administration and clinical functions across the Network, including our hospitals, physician hospital organization and medical group.
Dr. Freeman comes to WCHN from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), an integrated health delivery system with eight acute care, medical-surgical hospitals, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, primary and specialty care physician practices, long-term care, home health and hospice, and ground and air emergency transport services. For the past six years, he has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, responsible for guiding EMHS’ transformation from volume-based reimbursement and care delivery models to value-based models offering enhanced support for healthcare professionals to provide care and for patients and families to receive care.
Dr. Freeman helped EMHS advance the health of Maine’s populations by focusing on measurable improvements in health status. This experience will be valuable as we continue to collaborate with community-based partners to ensure WCHN achieves the Triple Aim of improved health of populations, a superior patient experience, and reduced costs.
President and CEO, Dr. John Murphy shared, “Dr. Freeman’s extensive education and broad experience and expertise in health care, public health and in identifying patterns of health and disease in defined populations makes him exceptionally and uniquely qualified for this critical new role.”
As CCO, Dr. Freeman will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies that encompass clinical integration, population health management and risk sharing models with the goal of improving patient care, reducing unnecessary health care expenses and ensuring that clinical services are provided in a manner consistent with regulatory requirements and patient expectations.
Dr. Freeman shared, “I am excited to join Western Connecticut Health Network and look forward to collaborating with clinical leaders across the Network to implement strategies that align operational and clinical services and establish a seamless integration of safe, high quality and efficient care to our patients.”
Dr. Freeman earned a master of public health degree in public health education and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland and residency in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, he spent the next five years on the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman has 20 years of increasingly complex physician leadership experience, beginning as a Vice President of Medical Affairs and including a number of Chief Medical Officer/physician executive roles. He brings to WCHN highly relevant Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) experience having launched the development of a Pioneer Model ACO and crafted an innovative partnership between the Geisinger Health System and EMHS focused on their employee health plan and the Medicare population.