Freeman names cardiology unit director

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Freeman names cardiology unit director

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health System is proud to welcome Trish Shuler as cardiology unit director. A 15-year veteran in the healthcare industry, Shuler will work to continue a high level of quality patient outcomes and provide support and guidance for cardiology staff.

Shuler was employed for nine years with Freeman as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Rescue Department. A natural leader, she served on the health system’s ICU Council and Wound Care Committee, as well as assisted with annual skills labs for staff. For the past three years, she served as chief clinical officer at Landmark Hospital, where she oversaw all clinical staff, as well as developed and enhanced in-house services.

Shuler is a graduate of Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

“Her knowledge and expertise will allow Trish to continue the high level of patient care that this community has come to know and expect from Freeman,” said Lucretia Craig, Freeman Chief Nursing Officer.

About Freeman Health System

Based in Joplin, Mo., and proudly recognized as the Best Hospital in southwest Missouri—as well as ranked #4 in the state—by US News & World Report, Freeman Health System provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s services. The area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, Freeman has more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit or, or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at