Joel Freedman is majority shareholder and Chairman of Paladin Healthcare Capital, which invests in, lends to, and acquires underperforming health care companies; and Paladin Healthcare Management, which manages several community hospitals, including Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. He also serves as President and Co-Founder of Avanti Hospitals, which owns and operates four hospitals in South and East Los Angeles. Before establishing Avanti, he served as Managing Partner of Paladin Capital and co-founded CompWest Insurance Company. In his role as Chairman of Paladin, Mr. Freedman has been the principal architect of Paladin’s recently announced acquisition of Philadelphia-based Hahnemann University Hospital, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, several affiliated physician practices, and all related real property. Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s serve as the primary teaching hospitals for The Drexel University College of Medicine and have rich histories of providing quality care to the greater Philadelphia area. Mr. Freedman is a founding member of the Healthcare Policy Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School, current Chairman of the Industry Work Group for Harvard’s Healthcare Markets and Regulation Lab, and serves on the Board of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California.