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Generosity Journal Issue #1


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You make the difference

Exceptional healthcare is possible only through generosity. As the cost of patient care, services, and technology rises to unprecedented levels, Freeman must depend on the charitable spirit of people like you to meet the healthcare needs of the community. You make a profound difference by providing essential resources needed to equip our region with leading-edge healthcare services and facilities. Consider giving to Freeman. For your convenience, we offer a secure online donation tool.

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Together we’ll provide hope and healing

Become a Partner in Healing with a gift of any amount. Your Partners in Healing gift will support the fund of your choosing. Call 417.347.4652, email Blake S. Bard, or read the brochure.

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Did you know?

  • Freeman ranked #1 hospital in Southwest Missouri and #4 in Missouri when U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hospitals rankings earlier this year. In addition, Freeman was recognized among the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals in Southwest Missouri and received special designation in five high-performing specialties, including gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and pulmonology.

  • In 2012, we opened 59 new patient rooms with advanced medical capabilities on the 5th and 6th floors of Gary & Donna Hall Tower. The Cardiac/Medical Unit on the 5th floor, as well as Freeman Infusion Center, opened in March 2012. The Transitional Care Unit/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, on the 6th floor, opened in October 2012.

  • Freeman West Cafeteria is currently under construction—we’re upgrading dining services, including a complete redesign of the kitchen and cafeteria.

  • 20 new adult psychiatric beds opened at Freeman East in January 2012 to meet an increased need for care. In addition, many areas are being renovated, including Radiology, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation.

  • A $100,000 renovation in July 2012 added 3 exam rooms and 6 new infusion chairs for patients receiving non-chemotherapy IV treatments at Freeman Cancer Institute.

  • Freeman Center for Geriatric Medicine recently completed a renovation of its office to include additional exam rooms to its offerings.

  • Freeman Neosho expanded emergency services by adding more rooms in the Emergency Room.

  • As a teaching hospital, Freeman provides medical students and resident doctors the opportunity to study with some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated physicians in the country. Freeman is a member of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Medical Consortium and the regional Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution and an affiliate of Oklahoma State University College of Medicine.
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    Get your organization involved

    Partnering with community members has always served as a catalyst for providing exceptional care. Community partnerships play a vital role in our ability to offer cutting-edge healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000.

    Through Corporate Partners, an annual giving initiative for corporations, business owners, vendors, and foundations, organizations can help Freeman meet the greatest unmet healthcare needs in the communities we serve by giving a single annual contribution. When you invest in Corporate Partners, you invest in our community by enhancing the quality of life for every patient who walks through our doors.

    For more information, email Freeman Foundation Executive Director Blake S. Bard or call 417.347.4652.

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    It’s that time of year again

    As tax time nears, many consider making charitable contributions as a way to reduce income tax liability. When you support Freeman Foundation with a tax-deductible gift, you don’t just reap the tax benefits, you help ensure that our region has access to top-notch healthcare. To apply toward your 2012 tax deductions, gifts made by check or credit card must be postmarked by December 31. Gifts of securities, real estate, artwork, or other contributions must be signed, transferred, or delivered by December 31. To arrange a year-end contribution or discuss including Freeman Foundation in your will or living trust, please call 417.347.6557. Remember to discuss your charitable gift plans with a trusted tax or legal advisor first.

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    Introducing Blake S. Bard, Freeman Foundation Executive Director

    Blake Bard

    Blake S. Bard joined Freeman Health System as Executive Director of Freeman Foundation in July. His experience in fundraising includes his service as Director of Development for Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences at University of Arkansas, where the university raised more than $100 million in funds for 2 consecutive years. Bard also served as Director of Major Gifts for the College of Business at Pittsburg State University, where in 2010 he and a development team successfully completed a ten-year $120 million comprehensive capital campaign, the largest in the university’s history.

    Bard earned a master’s degree in education from Missouri State University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in communications at Missouri Southern State University.

    A Webb City native, Bard has a long-standing connection with this community and Freeman.

    “Those associated with Freeman, from the physicians to the executive team and all employees in between, share the same passion of caring for our community,” said Bard. “I am honored to be part of an organization whose sole purpose is to heal. I was born at Freeman and have an affinity for this hospital and the invaluable service it provides. For me, there is no greater cause than to serve as an advocate for local, quality healthcare. I look forward to continuing and expanding services aimed at improving the health of our communities.”

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    931 E. 32nd St.
    Joplin, MO 64804
    417.347.6557

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    Joplin, MO 64804