Freeman News

Perigo promoted to service line director

April 29, 2014

Freeman Health System promoted Kelli Perigo to Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute service line director.

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health System promoted Kelli Perigo to Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute service line director. Perigo, an employee of Freeman for 11 years, will be responsible for providing oversight and direction for Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute’s business operations, including the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery offices, cardiac catheterization lab, vascular lab, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac echocardiography lab. 

An established leader within the health system since 2003, Perigo has served as a program secretary for Freeman Sports Medicine and Freeman Outpatient Therapy, a nurse recruiter for Freeman Human Resources and was most recently director of outpatient pharmacy services for QuickMeds Pharmacy™, Pink Door Boutique and Freeman’s 340B contract pharmacy program. 

“Kelli has proven herself as a dedicated and valued leader at Freeman,” said  Dr. Richard Schooler, Freeman Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute is already one of our most outstanding service lines, with physicians and nurses who are unmatched in the care they provide. Kelli’s understanding of business and development, as well as her ability to form relationships and build a high-performing team, will take Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute to an entirely new level of excellence.”

Perigo earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Missouri State University in 2004. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pittsburg State University in 2002. 

“I look forward to building upon the current success of Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute,” Perigo said. “My goal is to ensure that Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute continues to be the very best place to give and receive care.” 

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System has earned a number of US News & World Report distinctions – Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri, #4 hospital in the state, and High Performing status in seven specialties. The 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. A not-for-profit health system, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services, and women’s services and has more than 300 physicians on staff. For more information, visit or or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at