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Freeman Regional Health System Announces Courtney Unruh, MSN AGCNS-BC, New CEO

Jan 05, 2021 10:25AM ● By MED Magazine

The Freeman Regional Health Services (FRHS) Board of Directors announced on January 4, 2021 that Courtney Unruh has been named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Lori Uecker, FRHS Board President stated, “After reviewing 52 applications and four rounds of interviews, Courtney was selected as our top candidate.”

Unruh, a native of Freeman, has worked at FRHS for the past five years and has steadily expanded her responsibilities during that time. Unruh earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from South Dakota State University and went on to earn a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to joining the team in Freeman, she worked as a board certified adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist at HealthEast Care System (Fairview) in St. Paul, MN and nine years at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN in various clinical and management roles.  

“The Board of Directors is very pleased to have Courtney leading FRHS into the future.  Being able to hire someone from within the organization is a great advantage and will keep our various projects moving quickly and seamlessly,” Uecker said. Unruh is extremely familiar with how the various components of FRHS health care services function together. Her prior roles as Director of Nursing for Freeman Medical Center hospital and Oakview Terrace nursing home, followed by the position of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and her term as Co-Interim CEO have provided ample opportunities for her to lead throughout FRHS. Unruh remarked, “I am honored to serve as CEO of FRHS at this exciting time for the organization. I look forward to working with the community as we explore new projects and new partnerships that will further improve care to those we serve.”