The Regional Health Commission is an appointed body that is dedicated to ensuring the financial sustainability of the healthcare safety net in St. Louis, developing and sustaining an integrated health care system for those most in need, and serving as point-of-contact for State/Federal agencies regarding health care safety net issues. Members of the Commission are appointed by the following:  

  • 3 members by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis
  • 3 members by the St. Louis County Executive
  • 3 members by the community at large
  • 2 members by the Governor of Missouri
  • 2 members by the Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • 2 members by the RHC’s advisory boards
  • 2 members by local hospitals
  • 1 member by the local medical schools

Peter Sortino (Chair)

Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Washington University in St. Louis

 Steven Lipstein (Treasurer)

President & Chief Executive Officer
BJC HealthCare

Fred W. Rottnek, MD, MACHM (Chair, Provider Services Advisory Board)

Medical Director of Corrections Medicine, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
St. Louis County Justice Center Medical Clinic, St. Louis University

Joe Yancey (Chair, Community Advisory Board)

Executive Director
Places for People

James Buford

Civic Leader

Angela Clabon

Chief Executive Officer
Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers

James P. Crane, MD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Alan Freeman

Chief Executive Officer
Affinia Healthcare

Chris Howard

President, Hospital Operations
SSM Health

Jeffrey Johnston

President
Mercy Hospital St. Louis

Faisal Khan, MBBS, MPH

Director 
St. Louis County Public Health Department

Robert K. Massie, DDS

Chief Executive Officer
Family Care Health Centers

Melba Moore

Acting Director/Commissioner of Health
St. Louis City Department of Health

Will Ross, MD

Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Diversity
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Susan Trautman

Executive Director
Great Rivers Greenway

Cheryl Walker

Attorney
Bryan Cave LLP

Ronald Watermon

Vice President of Communications 
St. Louis Cardinals

Robert Fruend, Jr. (Ex Officio)

Chief Executive Officer
St. Louis Regional Health Commission