Edward Freysinger, MHSA, will be the next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC) beginning August 7.
Freysinger has almost 30 years of executive healthcare experience in both human resources and administration management. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Oregon, which, like KMC, is a full-service 25-bed critical access hospital.
Freysinger's nine years with Providence gave him an appreciation for faith-based healthcare systems. He looks forward to continuing to lead an organization with a strong mission focus. PeaceHealth, a Catholic Healthcare Ministry, was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1890.
He began his healthcare career in Michigan with McPherson Hospital in Howell and Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn, and then with Exempla Healthcare in Denver, Colorado, before transitioning to Providence.
Freysinger holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University, and a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan. He has been involved in several healthcare-related associations over his career as well as civic and social service organizations. In 2015, he received a Citizenship Award for Hood River by the Helping Hands Domestic Abuse Shelter.
He knows about our rain. He and his family have visited Ketchikan on a number of occasions and have been struck by the area's beauty. He also has a sense of the community as well and said, "I am impressed with the dedication to care and the welcoming nature demonstrated by the caregivers and the community."
He and his wife, Debbie, are excited to make Ketchikan their new home, which, he said, "offers us the opportunity to continue to grow in our interests in the outdoors and contribute to the community."
Mr. Freysinger will succeed Interim CAO Nancy Tieman, who has served since January 2017 and whose experience and understanding of the SE Alaska healthcare market allowed her to apply her leadership skills to PeaceHealth at a critical time.Attached Media Files: Edward Freysinger, MHSA