Freeman announces new facility just for women

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Freeman announces new facility just for women
JOPLIN, Mo.--Freeman Health System will acquire the newly constructed building at 1532 West 32nd Street with plans to dedicate the new facility to women's health services.

"This endeavor will enhance the health and well-being of women of all ages in a unique environment through personalized education, support, clinical excellence, and state-of-the-art technology," explained Freeman executive vice president Joe Kirk. The four-story, 51,775-square-foot facility will bring together the current Women's Pavilion, Freeman OB/GYN physicians, and specialty services for women in one convenient location. Specialty services such as digital mammography, ultrasound, urodynamics, and bone density screening will be available. Retail shopping with a focus on women's health products and wellness needs round out the offerings.

"Dedicated exclusively to women's health, this center's design focuses on patient ease and comfort," said Freeman director of retail services and project manager Debra Koelkebeck. "We hope to make the process of coming in for women's health testing and procedures less intimidating for the patient by combining a soothing and pleasant atmosphere with the latest technological advances."

"In our new facility, we will offer comprehensive outpatient women's services under one roof. It's a centralized model that has worked extremely well for our patients in our Heart & Vascular Institute and Cancer Institute," said Freeman president and CEO Gary Duncan. "This dedicated initiative for women demonstrates our continued commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, quality healthcare solutions."

Freeman expects to open the facility in the fall of 2008.
About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-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.

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