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Freeman Announces New Chief Medical Officer

April 05, 2018

Physician has Served Freeman Health System More than 25 Years

Freeman Health System announces the addition of Dr. Denis Estep as the new Freeman Chief Medical Officer. He previously served as Freeman OccuMed Medical Director for more than 23 years.

As chief medical officer, Dr. Estep provides executive-level direction of medical care, as well as leadership for quality performance, risk management, physician recruitment, physician relations and graduate medical education.

“Dr. Estep brings tremendous clinical and leadership experience to our hospital enabling us to transform the evolving services and growing medical staff here at Freeman,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Not only is Dr. Estep an exceptional clinician, he also has a proven record of success as a leader. As chief medical officer, he certainly continues to be an asset to Freeman.”

Dr. Estep received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, Okla. He completed his residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla. While completing his residency, he also earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Public Health, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Dr. Estep is board-certified in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and was named a Fellow by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit