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Paula F. Baker Signs Physical Activity Pledge

May 19, 2017

Pledge aims to improve employee health and wellness.

Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer, Paula F. Baker, has joined top executives of hundreds of health-minded companies in signing the CEO Pledge™ for the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). The pledge is a national campaign in which chief executive officers publicly recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

“Freeman is truly committed to encouraging wellness among our employees,” said Baker. “Healthy employees have a better quality of life, are more engaged and work more safely.”

The pledge states: For the betterment of my company, our employees, their families and the community, I pledge to improve employee health and wellness by engaging in regular physical activity. NCPPA believes executive leadership is critical to employee engagement, and that by making physical activity an executive priority, employee health and wellness will increase.

Freeman is a recognized Platinum-level Fit-friendly Worksite by American Heart Association® for helping employees eat better and move more. Platinum-level employers offer employees physical activity options in the workplace, increase healthy eating options, and more.

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 2017, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report ranked Freeman one of the top Hospitals in Southwest Missouri more than five years in a row, and the Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 60 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular 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, or follow Freeman at Follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at