About Us

About Us

Our Organization

American Academic Health System owns or manages both academic and community-based acute care hospitals. AAHS is an affiliate of Paladin Healthcare, a national healthcare management company with a proven track record of building strong healthcare delivery networks in urban and suburban areas, including some of the nation’s most diverse communities facing healthcare challenges.

Our Focus

Working collaboratively with our medical staff, nurses and other providers, we bring a strong, disciplined focus on all aspects of hospital operations to the academic medical centers and general acute care hospitals we operate. With many years of experience in successfully operating prestigious academic and teaching hospitals, we understand the unique challenges these institutions face – especially in the current healthcare environment.

We make sure all our hospitals are acutely focused on such critical areas as the trauma and emergency departments, care coordination, case management, clinical documentation, labor productivity, purchasing, facilities management, contracting, revenue cycle, and capital efficiency. We are also committed to improving quality and safety of care, as well as patient, physician and employee engagement.

We also partner with proven community-based organizations to address underlying social determinants of health such as behavioral health issues, lack of access to quality healthcare services, environmental disparities, food scarcity, and trauma. To address these issues, we integrate community organizations, religious institutions and social services agencies into our care network to create an enhanced patient-focused healthcare delivery system.

By focusing on these areas, and working collaboratively and effectively, we provide a nurturing, supportive environment for the ambitious clinical, research and teaching missions of our academic medical centers.

Our Expertise

Our leadership team has many years of experience in successfully operating academic medical centers as well as general acute care hospitals. This includes such prestigious institutions as Howard University Hospital, The George Washington University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

We have successfully managed Howard University Hospital (HUH) in Washington, DC, since October 2014 under a management services agreement with Howard University. Since then, HUH has significantly improved its financial and operating performance. Our leadership team also has years of experience overseeing the operations of George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, and Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa.

Senior Leadership

Joel Freedman

Chief Executive Officer


Steven R. Blake

Chief Financial Officer


Ravi Sharma

Chief Information Officer


Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD, FN, FAAN

SVP, Clinical Affairs


Our Advisors

Mark Carlin

Executive Vice President of Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC

Mike Chernew, Ph.D.

Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School

Dana Goldman, Ph.D.

Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at University of Southern California