Awards & Recognitions

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Awards & Recognitions

What you value, we value too. That is why we set our standards high. Our accomplishments include:

CareChex® – a division of Comparion® Medical Analytics – ranked Freeman’s interventional coronary care among the Top 100 in the nation for medical excellence and patient safety. Additionally, CareChex ranked Freeman among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety in hip fracture repair. Freeman was also recognized in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety in gastrointestinal care, major bowel procedures, major neurosurgery, pneumonia care, pulmonary care, stroke care and trauma care. Learn more.

US News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranked Freeman No. 4 in the state of Missouri for a third consecutive year for 2014-2015. In addition, Freeman was recognized among the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals in Southwest Missouri and received special designation in seven high-performing specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and pulmonology.

The Leapfrog Group
Freeman Health System recently received recognition for its commitment to patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog and leading healthcare performance measurement organization. Leapfrog awarded Freeman an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, acknowledging Freeman’s success in protecting patients from errors, injuries and infections. Freeman is the only hospital in southwest Missouri to earn an “A” and one of 11 hospitals in the state to receive the top rating. Learn more.

UnitedHealth Premium
Freeman was designated as a Total Joint Specialty Center by UnitedHealth Premium for quality of care. To receive this honor, Freeman met extensive quality and outcomes criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice. The criteria incorporated measurements of the breadth and depth of care, staff experience, emergency care, quality and outcomes reporting.

March of Dimes
Freeman Maternity Center received a perfect score for eliminating early elective deliveries from the March of Dimes.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Freeman was recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery, and Cardiac Care. Blue Distinction® is a national designation program that recognizes hospitals demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently, and effectively.


American Heart Association
Freeman was recognized as a platinum-level worksite and Fit Friendly Company by American Heart Association. Freeman received this designation for offering employees physical activity options in the workplace, increasing healthful eating options, promoting a wellness culture, and demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.


National Research Corporation
National Research Corporation named Freeman Hospital West among the nation’s top hospitals. Through household surveys, local consumers ranked Freeman Joplin’s best hospital for doctors, nurses and overall quality care. Because of this distinction, Freeman received a National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award.