IAPA PA of the Year (2015) – Carleen Freesmeier
Carleen graduated from Marquette University with her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and then with her Master of Physician Assistant Studies again from Marquette University. She has over a decade of experience in emergency medicine where she is also the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for a 70,000 annual visit emergency department. As the Lead Advanced Practice Provider at Swedish American Emergency Department, Carleen recruits and trains new providers. She also works with emergency department and hospital administration on quality metrics and new initiatives. She speaks at local preschool, middle and high schools regarding emergency medicine and being a PA. Within Infinity HealthCare, a large regional medical staffing and management company where she is employed, Carleen was the first PA to be elected to the Board of Directors. She is also the first PA to serve on the hospital’s credentials committee and has worked to revise APP privileges. Carleen has worked on the leadership team through implementation of two new EMR’s and the development of a clinical decision unit. Carleen is dedicated to the education of future PAs and precepts students from four different regional PA programs. Carleen resides in Loves Park, IL with her husband, Tom, and sons William, Samuel and Henry.