Freeman named among greenest health systems

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - Freeman named among greenest health systems

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health System has been recognized as one of the greenest healthcare organizations in America by the GreenCare Awards program. Freeman was selected out of approximately 125 applicants as the 2011 GreenCare Award winner in the housekeeping and maintenance category. This distinction reflects the health system’s commitment to providing environmentally sustainable healthcare.

“Through its commitment to environmental stewardship, Freeman Health System is advancing the practice of medicine and improving the quality of patient care—now and for future generations,” said Jennifer Woofter, President of Strategic Sustainability Consulting, a co-sponsor for the award.

Freeman will be featured in upcoming issues of Healthcare Insight, which reaches healthcare marketers across the nation, and MD News, which reaches more than 200 physicians nationwide.

The GreenCare Award is presented annually to recognize environmentally sustainable healthcare practices. Cosponsored by Strategic Sustainability Consulting, Healthcare Insight magazine, and MD News Network, in collaboration with Arbor Day Foundation, the GreenCare Awards program highlights the nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems, and physician practices committed not only to caring for patients but also to protecting the planet.

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