Freeman honors Sharon Cornell Beshore and unveils legacy wall

Friday, April 30, 2010 - Freeman honors Sharon Cornell Beshore and unveils legacy wall

JOPLIN, Mo.—On Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Freeman Women’s Center, Freeman Health System staff, board members, and supporters gathered at an evening reception to honor Sharon Cornell Beshore and other generous donors to the Freeman Women’s Fund and unveil a special wall of recognition.


Gifts to Freeman Women’s Fund help advance women’s healthcare by funding technologies, such as digital mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and new services for women at Freeman.


Gifts of $1,000 or more are commemorated with a plaque on the custom, stained glass legacy wall inside the lobby of Freeman Women’s Center.


In appreciation of her gifts and long-time support of Freeman Health System, the legacy wall bears the name Sharon Cornell Beshore Legacy Wall.


According to Beshore, “I believe in Freeman’s commitment to health and to our community and have witnessed the phenomenal growth and development of the health system over the past 18 years my husband Lance has been Chairman of the Board. Freeman Women’s Center will continue to advance the level of women’s care in our region. I am so proud to be a benefactor of the Freeman Women’s Center and therefore, a part of this legacy wall.”


Freeman President and CEO Gary Duncan explained, “As we unveil the legacy wall this evening, we wanted to honor and thank our benefactors—special people like Sharon and Lance Beshore, Jan and Wes Houser, Debi and Steve Koelkebeck, Mary Jane Landreth, and the La-Z-Boy Corporation—who have made a commitment to partner with Freeman in advancing women’s healthcare and technology and make a profound difference for women in our community.”

  • Freeman Women’s Center, the community’s first center designed just for women, is home to:
  • Board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists
  • Board-certified perinatologist
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion
  • Digital mammography
  • Registered mammography technologists and board-certified radiologists
  • Pink Door Boutique—specializing in health products and accessories to meet a woman’s individual needs
  • Laboratory services
  • Procedure suite
  • Community education conference room

Breast MRI serves as a valuable diagnostic tool that speeds treatment and saves lives. It can detect early-stage masses, tumors, and other abnormalities not visible through mammogram or ultrasound. This technology captures multiple sectional pictures of the breast and combines them to generate detailed three-dimensional images. While it doesn’t replace clinical breast exams and mammograms, physicians may use breast MRI to enhance diagnostics. With a specially designed breast coil, Freeman began offering breast biopsy under MRI in February 2010.


Digital mammography offers the latest technology for breast health. With digital mammography, images are taken and stored digitally, as with a digital camera. The digital images can be manipulated to see changes in breast tissue better than with film images, especially in women with dense breasts. Upon opening Freeman Women’s Center in November 2008, Freeman unveiled two new digital mammography machines. Through gifts to Freeman Women’s Fund, Freeman Women’s Center will add a third digital mammography machine in summer 2010.


For additional information about Freeman Women’s Fund or to give a gift, please contact Freeman Foundation at 417.347.6657.


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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