Paula Baker honored by PSU

Friday, May 14, 2010 - Paula Baker honored by PSU

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health System Chief Clinical Officer and Ozark Center Chief Executive Officer Paula F. Baker, MS, has been selected as a 2010 Meritorious Achievement Award recipient by the Pittsburg State University (PSU) Alumni Association. According to PSU Alumni Association National President George Lampe, “The Meritorious Achievement Award is the highest honor that Pittsburg State University and the PSU Alumni Association bestow on its alumni.” Baker will be honored Friday, May 14, 2010, at a special reception at the Wilkinson Alumni Center, during commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, and at a Saturday luncheon hosted by PSU President and Mrs. Scott.


Paula Baker received her bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in clinical psychology from PSU. Baker joined Ozark Center in 1981, becoming CEO in 2003. She was promoted to Freeman CCO in 2008 and continues to maintain her CEO role at Ozark Center.


Baker was appointed by former Gov. Matt Blunt and reappointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a member and past president of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers, and is a board member of the Community Advisory Council of the Missouri Foundation for Health. In our community, she serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States, Ascent, and Talkington Foundation.


She has been honored with a Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leadership Award, recognized for distinguished leadership in behavioral healthcare by the Missouri House of Representatives, honored as an Outstanding PSU Alumni, and named among the Ten Most Influential Women by Joplin Tri-State Business Journal.


About Freeman Health System

Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.


About Ozark Center

An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it.

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