William T. Kemper Foundation donates $100,000 to Freeman expansion project

Monday, November 14, 2011 - William T. Kemper Foundation donates $100,000 to Freeman expansion project

JOPLIN, Mo.—A generous donation from the William T. Kemper Foundation will help fund the completion of the fifth floor of the Gary & Donna Hall Tower. Representatives from the William T. Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bank presented Freeman Health System with a $100,000 check on Monday, November 14.

“Throughout his life, Mr. Kemper sought to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those in his community,” said Gary Duncan, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “With this generous donation, Freeman will be able to continue his mission of caring.”

Fred Osborn, president of Commerce Bank, MO-Kan region, said the donation is an example of the commitment of Commerce Bank to the community.

“As a super community bank, Commerce Bank is committed to the community in which we live and do business,” said Osborn. “This gift will help serve and support not only people in Joplin but throughout the four state region."

After assessing the community’s needs following the May 22 tornado, Freeman began a $15 million project to complete the fifth and sixth floors of the Gary & Donna Hall Tower at Freeman Hospital West. The fifth and sixth floors, which combined total 48,000 square feet, will soon feature 58 additional medical-surgical, cardiology, transitional care, and surgical-intensive care beds. The project will also provide 80 to 100 more jobs for the four-state community.

The fifth floor is anticipated to be complete in April 2012, while the sixth floor is scheduled for completion in July 2012. 

 “It is an honor to accept this donation to our fifth floor project,” said Paula Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer-elect. “Thanks to community support such as this, Freeman will expand upon its mission to provide quality innovative healthcare to patients.”

The William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee, was established following his death in 1989. The Foundation is dedicated to continuing Kemper’s lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life through the support of education, health and human services, civic and economic development, and the fine and performing arts.

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.