Missouri health system CEO to retire

Paula Baker is leaving from the helm of Joplin, Mo.-based Freeman Health System.

"Today, Paula Baker, Freeman President and CEO for over 13 years, formally announced her retirement giving a one-year notice," the health system wrote in a Jan. 25 Facebook post. "Her many accomplishments will remain forever, and she will be greatly missed."

Local news stations, including KZRG and KSN16, reported that she plans to spend more time with family. 

"My son is a 16-year-old sophomore in high school, those days are passing by so quickly and I need to spend some priority time with him while he is at home," Ms. Baker told KZRG. "I'm sure any parent could understand."

The health system has not announced a successor. 

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