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On Thursday, November 8, Einstein Healthcare Network President & CEO Barry Freedman was named Healthcare Innovations CEO of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal."I'm proud to be honored by the business community here in Philadelphia community," said Freedman. "However, being named CEO of the Year is not a singular personal accomplishment. This is an award that is shared with our more than 8,000 employees who dedicate themselves to delivering the highest quality patient care. Our growth as an organization would not be possible if not for the hard work exemplified by many including our physicians, nurses, technicians, administrators and the Board of Trustees. I accept this honor on their behalf."(To learn more about Mr. Freedman's leadership at Einstein and why it has been recognized, read the Philadelphia Business Journal article by health reporter John George found below.)CEO of the Year: GoldNot many health-system executives in the region have had the opportunity to open a new hospital under their watch.Barry Freedman, president and CEO of the Einstein Healthcare Network, is one of the exceptions.In September, the Einstein network began treating patents at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, a $350 million hospital in East Norriton built to replace the aging Montgomery Hospital Medical Center in Norristown.The project was the culmination of a seven-year effort by Freedman and his team at Einstein to create a new hospital to serve central Montgomery County, where market research showed 60 percent of the patients were traveling more than 30 minutes for medical care.The new hospital preserved nearly 800 Montgomery Hospital jobs and created 400 new ones along with 1,300 construction jobs.Freedman, previously head of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was named CEO of the Einstein network in 2003.During the past decade, he has led the health system’s growth into a $1 billion enterprise with nearly 9,000 employees, including 500 employed physicians and another 500 affiliated doctors.(Read the whole article here.)