Health Essentials receives accreditation

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - Health Essentials receives accreditation

JOPLIN, Mo.—Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation awarded Health Essentials its Award of Accreditation. Health Essentials achieved this award by demonstrating a high level of quality practices in its business operations and patient care techniques. 

Health Essentials earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application focusing on patient care, financial stability, and commitment to quality operational practices and procedures. Accreditation by Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that companies earning this distinction practice the highest levels of quality in all areas.

“We sought accreditation by Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation to demonstrate Health Essentials’ commitment to providing excellent patient care and safety in a financially solvent environment,” explained Freeman Health System Vice President of Retail/Clinical Operations Debi Koelkebeck. “This award also reinforces our ongoing commitment to quality and our Freeman mission to improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, quality healthcare solutions.”

Health Essentials offers a full line of home medical equipment, supplies, and services to help clients remain independent and in their own homes longer, as well as home modifications performed by a certified specialist. Store locations include the flagship store at 1130 East 32nd Street, Joplin, Missouri; across from Freeman Neosho Hospital at 336 South Jefferson Street, Neosho, Missouri; and in the lobby at Freeman Hospital West, 1102 West 32nd Street in Joplin. For information, please call Health Essentials at 417.347.7400 or 800.437.4471, or visit

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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