Ozark Center for Autism destroyed

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - Ozark Center for Autism destroyed

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 has treated approximately 706 patients, 121 of which were transferred to area hospitals. The number of deaths remains 11.

Ozark Center for Autism was completely destroyed, as were several other Ozark Center buildings. Ozark Center therapists are available to counsel those trying to cope with their loss. To contact a therapist, please call 417.347.7730.

QuickMeds Pharmacy at Freeman West is open from 8 am to 8 pm and is able to fill emergency prescriptions. Freeman Neosho QuickMeds Pharmacy is open, as well.

Those needing outpatient or follow-up care are urged to go to Freeman Urgent Care located in Joplin at 1130 East 32nd Street and in Webb City at 1010 South Madison. 

Outpatient surgeries will take place on Thursday at Freeman Surgical Center, located at 811 West 34th Street.

Those with orthopaedic injuries are encouraged to seek medical attention at Midwest Orthopaedic at Freeman East, located at the corner of 34th Street and Indiana. Midwest Orthopaedic will open at 8 am. Follow-up services are available. To contact Midwest Orthopaedic, call 417.347.4804.

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 or 417.347.4606.

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 freemanhealth.com or facebook.com/freemanhealthsystem. Follow Gary Duncan, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer, at twitter.com/freemanceo.