Freeman in a Flash #41

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Early detection screenings can save lives

You may be familiar with some of the health screening services provided by Freeman Screen Team that include tests for blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, and body fat composition, among others. However, Freeman Screen Team also provides vascular screenings that can help detect potentially life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.

These noninvasive tests include:

  • Stroke screening/carotid artery
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm 
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment

You can receive all four screenings for $100 or schedule individual screenings as well.

Upcoming screenings will take place Thursday, July 25; Tuesday, August 20; and Monday September 26, in the new Screen Team Resource Center, located next to Freeman Health Essentials at 1132 East 32nd Street in Joplin. Appointments are required. Please call 417.347.6555 for more information.

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Don't get beat by summer heat

For many people, summer means spending lots of time outdoors enjoying the sun. However, too much heat can wreak havoc on your body. Working, exercising, or playing outside when the temperature and humidity are high puts you at risk for conditions such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. To keep your cool this summer, learn how to avoid these conditions and know what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms of heat stress.

Tips for avoiding heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking before you get thirsty, rather than waiting until you feel the need for a drink. It’s best to stay away from beverages that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar because they can actually cause your body to dehydrate, or lose water. If you take water pills or are limited on the amount of fluid you can drink, check with your doctor on how much to drink during hot weather.
  • Wear lightweight clothing in light colors—light colors absorb less heat than dark colors.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to the coolest times of day—morning and evening.
  • Take breaks often and rest in shady areas.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help keep cool.
Heat cramps (muscular pain or spasms) signal the body is not handling the heat well and often indicate a health emergency could be on the horizon if steps are not taken to prevent one. To soothe heat cramps, take the person to a cooler place to rest, gently stretch the muscle, and give the person clear liquids or a sports drink. To prevent more serous conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, the person should not return to strenuous activity for a few hours. Call for medical help if the person has heart problems or the cramps continue for more than an hour.

Heat exhaustion happens when the body loses too much water and salt, often through heavy sweating. Symptoms include clammy, moist skin; pale or flushed skin coloring; heavy sweating; nausea; confusion or dizziness; muscle cramps; fast and shallow breathing; slight fever; weakness; and exhaustion. To help, move the person to a cooler place, such as a shady or air-conditioned area; loosen restrictive clothing and apply cool, wet towels to the skin; give the person water; and watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses to drink, vomits, or begins to lose consciousness, call for emergency medical attention.

Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related condition, results when the body loses the ability to cool itself. During heat stroke, body temperature can rise to 106 degrees or higher in a short period of time. Without emergency treatment, death or permanent disability can occur. Symptoms include hot, dry skin or profuse sweating; hallucinations; chills; throbbing headache; fever; confusion or dizziness; and slurred speech. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately, and then take the person to a cooler place. To help cool people suffering from heat stroke, you can fan them, soak their clothes with cool water, or put them in a cool shower or bath.

Don’t get beat by summer heat! Know the warning signs of a heat emergency and do your best to avoid one.

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Nationally recognized orthopaedic team adds a new physician



Joint pain can be miserable and keep a person from living life to the fullest. The Freeman team of orthopaedic surgeons helps people maintain healthy bones and joints, allowing them to lead productive and satisfying lives.

Freeman Orthopaedics has earned national recognition for quality of care.
  • Selected by US News & World Report as one of the best orthopaedic teams in the state, for two consecutive years
  • Recognized as a Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center by UnitedHealth Premium, with Freeman being one of only two hospitals in the state receiving three out of three stars for quality care in the total joint replacement category
  • One of only a few in the state designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
A tight-knit group of physicians, Freeman Orthopaedics will add a new doctor this summer. Dr. Andrew Collette, from Oxford, Michigan, begins in August. Dr. Collette completed his fellowship training in trauma orthopaedics at Wake Forest Baptist Memorial, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Freeman Orthopaedics is very selective about choosing new physicians, looking for those with top-notch medical skills, a caring attitude, and a personal philosophy of always putting the patient first.

With specialists in hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles, feet, and trauma, Freeman Orthopaedics uses the most advanced techniques, including digital diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgeries, to provide cutting-edge treatments, procedures, and services.
  • Fracture treatment
  • Sports care and injuries
  • General orthopaedic care (sprains, strains, and tears of the muscles and ligaments)
  • Arthroscopy (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip resurfacing)
  • Total joint replacement (knee, hip, shoulder)
  • Joint revision (knee, hip)
For more information about orthopaedic services, please contact Freeman Orthopaedics at 417.347.5400 or 800.835.7976.

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Did you know?

Freeman now offers afternoon and morning farmers markets. The afternoon market, held 4 – 7:30 pm each Wednesday at Freeman East, is new this year and features fresh produce from local farmers, organic breads, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, raw clover honey, and more. The morning market, held 7 – 10:30 am each Thursday at Freeman West, features fresh produce from local farmers. View the calendar »

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Message from our CEO

Paula Baker, Freeman President and CEO

Physicians are certainly the backbone of any health system, and Freeman is no exception. So far this year, Freeman has hired 28 new physicians, some of whom have already established their practices in the Joplin area.

Just think about it—what would we do without doctors? They help keep us well, and they make us feel better when we’re sick. They provide treatment for everyday injuries and manage long-term conditions, as well as perform life-saving surgeries and interventions. Additionally, they provide leadership on community health issues and help bring new technologies and innovations to the patients they serve. We are grateful to have such a talented and caring medical team at Freeman and eager to welcome our new physicians.

As of mid-June, we expect two new cardiologists, an endocrinologist, two emergency medicine physicians, a family medicine specialist, a hospitalist, a neonatologist, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, an oncologist, an orthopaedic surgeon, two pediatricians, two psychiatrists, a physiatrist, and four urgent care physicians to start at Freeman the upcoming months. We will share more information about our new physicians in the next Freeman in a Flash.

While our all three of our hospitals are located in areas designated as having a shortage of healthcare professionals, Freeman has taken steps to ensure that you have access to the qualified and compassionate medical staff that you expect and deserve. In fact, we offer the largest network of primary care physicians in the area and a wide variety of specialists to meet your needs.

On a related note, our Graduate Medical Education program trains doctors in four specialties—internal medicine; emergency medicine; ear, nose, and throat medicine; and psychiatry. Often, the resident doctors who study at Freeman choose to stay with the health system. In fact, we just recently celebrated the graduation of our class of 2013—of the six graduating physicians, two will make their home at Freeman.

Warm regards,

Paula Baker
President and CEO
Freeman Health System

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