Robert Fruend, Jr.
Robert has been a health care leader for more than 20 years, focusing on issues of reducing health disparities, implementing community health initiatives to drive improvements in health outcomes, and developing strategic plans to create social change in health care delivery, and in his community.
Prior to joining the Consilience Group, Robert was the CEO of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) for 16 years. The RHC serves as the regional planning body for health care issues in St. Louis. The majority of the work at RHC has been concentrated on preserving and enhancing the delivery of health services to the uninsured and underinsured in St. Louis City and County. The RHC is also responsible for overseeing $25 Million annually to support medical care for the uninsured in the region through a Federal 1115 Demonstration. Prior to joining the Commission, Robert spent seven years as a health care consultant for Ernst & Young LLP, focusing his practice on strategic planning, organizational change, and post-merger integration.
Robert currently serves as a member of the National Council for the Institute of Public Health at Washington University, and as a member the board Provident Behavioral Health. He has served on over twenty key regional boards and committees over the past 20 years. Robert also served for seven years as an adjunct faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine, teaching health care finance.
Robert was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential People” in St. Louis. He is a recipient of the “Health Care Hero” Award for Public Policy from the St. Louis Business Journal, and the “St. Louis Region as One Leadership Award” and “Distinguished National Alumni Award” from the Coro Leadership Center, among other awards.
Robert is a life-long native of the St. Louis region. He spends his free time with his wife Holly and two sons, Trey and Andrew.