Carol Freer named interim chief medical officer

Carol Freer has been named interim chief medical officer (CMO) for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Freer has been associate professor of medicine and director of hospitalist outreach at Penn State Hershey since 2008. For the past two years she has served as vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine. In addition to her work as an infectious disease specialist and internal medicine physician, Freer has been responsible for the development of the organization’s hospitalist program at the affiliate site of Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

Prior to joining the Medical Center, Freer served as the vice president for medical affairs at Hanover Hospital for 12 years, in which time she oversaw seven Joint Commission reviews. While at Hanover, she also helped develop multi-disciplinary teams for peer review in surgical and anesthesia services as well as radiology case review. She was elected Hanover Hospital’s Physician of the Year in 2005 by her physician peers.

Freer assumes CMO responsibilities from Michael Weitekamp, who is taking a one-year sabbatical from Penn State Hershey next month. Weitekamp recently was selected to serve as Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. and has chosen to return to the Medical Center in a different capacity following the completion of this prestigious fellowship.

Freer’s appointment is effective July 1. A national search for a permanent CMO is under way.

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Last Updated June 16, 2011