Nearly 500 injured treated at Freeman Health System

Monday, May 23, 2011 - Nearly 500 injured treated at Freeman Health System

JOPLIN, Mo.—In the hours since a devastating tornado left a wide path of destruction through residential and commercial areas of Joplin, Freeman Health System treated approximately 465 patients at Freeman West and 39 patients at Freeman Neosho. Freeman West has experienced 11 patient deaths. An estimated 64 additional patients were transferred from Freeman to surrounding hospitals.

“Freeman Health System would like to extend our gratitude to the Sisters of Mercy organization, especially St. John’s Regional Medical Center of Joplin,” said Gary Duncan, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership has enabled us to come together at this critical time and serve the Joplin community. Additionally, we thank the City of Joplin, all emergency responders, Missouri Hospital Association, and all hospitals who worked with Freeman to transfer patients.”

Those seeking information regarding a loved one are asked to call a 24-hour hotline manned by American Red Cross at 417.659.5464 or visit

At this time, Freeman is asking only those who are critically injured to come to the health system. Those who sustained minor injuries and are able to travel safely are asked to seek treatment at Freeman Urgent Care in Webb City, Freeman Neosho Hospital, or other surrounding hospitals. QuickMeds Pharmacy at Freeman West and Freeman Neosho are open.

Throughout the evening hours, an estimated 888 Freeman employees reported to work. Up to 100 additional non-Freeman clinical staff volunteered their services. During a typical evening, Freeman’s workforce numbers approximately 400.

Freeman has set up a staging area for members of the media, who are asked to call Christen Stark, Freeman Media Relations Coordinator, at 417.434.3458, 417.347.7306, or 417.347.6621.

About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 407-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. For more information, visit or Follow Gary Duncan, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer, at