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Grand Marshals of Joplin Christmas Parade Announced

November 25, 2015

Freeman Health System is pleased to announce Kim Knight and Nancy Langley will serve as Grand Marshals of the 45th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade. Knight and Langley are the great-granddaughters of Freeman founder John W. Freeman.

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Celebrates Completion of New Campus

November 19, 2015

After operating out of temporary facilities for four and a half years, students gathered with Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer, Paula F. Baker, and staff from Ozark Center and Bill & Virginia Center for Autism as they celebrated the completion of a new, permanent facility.

Freeman Hosts Nurse Recruitment Expo

November 16, 2015

Whether providing direct patient care or supporting those who do, every Freeman Health System employee impacts the quality of the patient experience and level of excellence achieved as a team.

Freeman Recognized Again for Patient Safety

November 13, 2015

For the third time in a row, Freeman Health System was honored with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. Freeman is one of eight hospitals in Missouri to receive the grade. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Freeman Auxiliary Garners Top Honors

November 13, 2015

Freeman Health System celebrates the accomplishments of Freeman Auxiliary, which garnered two awards from Missouri Hospital Association. The awards were presented at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 93rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

Freeman Health System First in Missouri to Use Lower-risk Drug Stent on Heart Patients

November 09, 2015

Freeman Health System Heart & Vascular Institute becomes the first in Missouri to successfully use bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stents that promote faster healing and reduce the risk of future heart complications.

Freeman Heart Healers Push Four States Heart Walk Past Goal

November 05, 2015

Freeman Health System employees continued their pledge to make the area a healthier place to live by joining the 2015 Four States Heart Walk. Money raised benefits American Heart Association® for research, public health education and providing science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals.

Champion Child Creates Unique Pin Designs for National Event

November 02, 2015

Freeman Health System, the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, supports Missouri Champion Child Yszabehl Stauffer as she uses her artistic abilities to help others. The 13-year-old Neosho resident designed four lapel pins – an owl, a butterfly, a peacock and a flower – and asks the public to vote on one to represent Missouri at the national level.

Turnaround Ranch Unveils New Disc Golf Course

October 27, 2015

Turnaround Ranch continues its commitment to improve the overall health of the youths it serves. With the help of Freeman Auxiliary, resident youths now have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with Snowberry Park Disc Golf Course.

Donation Builds Hope for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 22, 2015

As the opening of the new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism draws closer, staff members from Freeman Health System and Ozark Center gathered at the construction site at 2808 S. Picher in Joplin to accept a large gift from the Quapaw Tribe and Downstream Casino Resort.

Freeman Neosho Physician Group Welcomes Melissa Johnston, FNP

October 15, 2015

Freeman Health System welcomes family nurse practitioner Melissa Johnston to Freeman Neosho Physician Group. Her advanced training allows her to diagnose and treat illness.

EagleMed Unveils New Freeman Helicopter

October 14, 2015

Freeman Health System enhances its ability to provide quality, life-saving emergency transportation services by unveiling a new helicopter with state-of-the-art technology. Patients with traumatic injuries or conditions like heart attack or stroke require rapid transport to the hospital, and every second counts.

Freeman Offers Hope Through Pinpoint Treatment

October 06, 2015

Thanks to a generous gift from the Cornell-Beshore families, Freeman Health System Radiation Oncology recently opened at Freeman Hospital East to help patients with even the most difficult-to-treat tumors. Freeman’s newly acquired, top-of-class TrueBeam™ linear accelerator enables doctors to use a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy.

Ozark Center Earns Accreditation for Health and Human Services

September 29, 2015

Ozark Center takes pride in achieving accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

Dr. Bei Zheng Accepting Patients at Anderson Clinic

September 22, 2015

Freeman Health System welcomes Dr. Bei Zheng, a family medicine specialist, to Freeman Neosho Hospital Clinic of Anderson.

Love’s Shows Love for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

September 11, 2015

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores makes miracles happen during the annual in-store fundraiser benefitting the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Freeman Health System.

Freeman Auxiliary Hosts Luncheon in Neosho

September 11, 2015

Freeman Health System Auxiliary held a quarterly meeting and luncheon Friday, September 11, at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center in Neosho, Mo.

Ozark Center Observes World Suicide Prevention Day

September 09, 2015

In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, the mental health professionals at Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, urge the community to join them in their efforts to prevent suicides and save precious lives.

Fundraising Event Makes Miracles Happen

September 03, 2015

Hosted by Freeman Health System, the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Wine Women & Shoes brought in more than $45,000 Saturday, August 29, to help local children with medical needs.

Freeman President to Serve on Statewide Medicaid Task Force

August 28, 2015

Joplin, Mo. – Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula F. Baker has been appointed by Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Todd Richardson to serve on the newly formed Task Force for Examining Statewide Medicaid Delivery Models.

Freeman Announces Promotions

August 19, 2015

Freeman Health System announces the appointment of two physicians to new executive leadership positions. Dr. Saba Habis, FACP, has been named Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Jeffrey Grills has been named Vice President of Medical Affairs.

Freeman Neosho Earns Excellence Through Insight Award

July 29, 2015

Freeman Neosho Hospital was recently recognized with an Excellence Through Insight award for Most Improved Emergency Department Experience in the Small Hospital category by HealthStream, Inc.

Partners Announce Regional Health Assessment Plan, Ask for Community Feedback

July 28, 2015

A variety of organizations working across the spectrum of health in our community have come together to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve. And now they need your help.

American Hospital Association Chooses Freeman Leader as Delegate

July 20, 2015

Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula F. Baker has been elected by the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association as an at-large delegate and member of Regional Policy Board 6.

Freeman Earns Highest Stroke Designation in the Area

July 10, 2015

Freeman Health System has taken a major stride forward in improving the quality of healthcare in the four-state area. Designated a Level II Stroke Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Freeman is the first and only hospital in the area to earn this distinction.

Ozark Center Certified as “Deficiency Free” in 2014

June 30, 2015

Ozark Center, the behavioral health entity of Freeman Health System, and Ozark Oaks Residential Care Facility, a member of Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA), was awarded the Facility Excellence Award certifying that the facility was “Deficiency Free” in 2014, by MALA.

Ozark Center Director Selected for State Leadership Position

June 30, 2015

Mary Parrigon, Executive Director of Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, was recently selected as the Chairman of the Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare Executive Board effective July 1, 2015.

Freeman Honors Outstanding Employees

June 29, 2015

Freeman Health System held its annual Best Awards on Saturday, June 20, at the Joplin Elks Lodge, where eleven employees received honors for their commitment and dedication to their work.

Freeman Residency Graduates Ready to Begin Careers

June 23, 2015

For more than four decades, Freeman Health System has trained resident physicians, many of whom have stayed to practice medicine in the Four State area. On Friday, June 19, eight new physicians graduated from the program in a ceremony that was attended by more than 100 guests.

Freeman Ensures Families Can Keep Watch Over NICU Babies

June 03, 2015

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Freeman is working to make that separation even less difficult by donating five Apple iPad® mobile devices to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. The iPads will enable families to see live video of their baby when the family is away from the hospital via AngelEye® camera system.

Pink Door Boutique Earns National Accreditation

May 11, 2015

Pink Door Boutique®, a service of Freeman Health System specializing in hard-to-find women's health products and gifts, has once again earned national accreditation from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC). ABC is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions. Pink Door Boutique first earned ABC’s three-year accreditation in 2012 and recently earned re-accreditation for another three-year period.

Golfers Tee Off For Kids

May 08, 2015

Golfers from around the Four States will once again hit the links as Tournament of Miracles returns to northeast Oklahoma to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its work with Freeman Health System, the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The event promises everything a golfer could ask for, including great lunch and dinner, courteous and friendly staff, opportunities to network with other great businesses and excellent golfing.

Bikers Converge On Joplin For Kids

May 01, 2015

Southwest Missouri will once again feel the roar of the motorcycles as Bikes on the Boulevard thunders into Joplin to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and their work with Freeman Health System, the area’s only local CMN hospital. A full day of live music, great food and beautiful bikes is planned for Sunday, May 3.

Freeman Cancer Institute Gets New Name

April 29, 2015

For fourteen years, Freeman Cancer Institute has led the way in diagnosing, treating, and managing lifestyles of cancer patients in the Four States. Now, thanks to a $3 million gift from the Cornell-Beshore family, Freeman will be able to improve cancer treatment facilities and upgrade technologies to benefit patients with cancer. In honor of this gift, Freeman will change the name of Freeman Cancer Institute to Cornell-Beshore Cancer institute.

Freeman Partners with Pitt State Athletic Program

April 22, 2015

Freeman Health System joins forces with Pittsburg State University (PSU) to become the university's official sports medicine and rehabilitation partner. Dr. Michael Zafuta, PSU graduate and orthopaedic physician at Freeman Surgical Center of Pittsburg, is joining the team of Freeman physicians and will serve as medical director for the university’s sports medicine program.

University of Missouri Presents "Dialogues About Breast Cancer"

April 15, 2015

For many patients, hearing the words “breast cancer” from their healthcare professional is an emotionally traumatic experience. Healthcare providers must be deeply sensitive in communicating breast cancer diagnoses to their patients. Author Heather Carver attempts to explore and address the issue of sensitivity to breast cancer patients in a unique theatrical experience presented in conjunction with University of Missouri Extension. “Dialogues About Breast Cancer” will be staged by a group of performing arts students from the University of Missouri Theatre Department.

Freeman and the Joplin Family Y Invite Families to Get Moving for Health and Fun

April 10, 2015

Freeman Health System and the Joplin Family Y present the Freeman Family 5K and 1-mile Fun Run and the Joplin Family Y Healthy Kids Day beginning at 8:00 am Saturday, April 11, at Joplin Family Y South, 3404 McIntosh Circle Drive.

Freeman Gets Area Athletes Ready for the Game

April 01, 2015

Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will once again offer free annual pre-participation physical exams to area middle school and high school student athletes.

Freeman Neosho Employees on the Move for Good Health

March 31, 2015

Spring days often mean beautiful weather, and Freeman Neosho Hospital is celebrating National Walking Day by encouraging its employees to get some fresh air and get moving.

Freeman Health Essentials Again Earns Highest Mark of Quality

March 18, 2015

Freeman Health Essentials, a home medical equipment and service provider for the Four State area, has once again earned accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA).

Freeman Neosho Hospital Announces Partnership with Neosho R-5

March 10, 2015

The Neosho R-5 School District is announcing a partnership with Freeman Neosho Physicians Group to provide healthcare to students and faculty in an easily accessible venue.

New Year Baby Derby

January 05, 2015

What better way for ringing in the New Year than spending it in Freeman Hospital West’s Maternity Center where new mom, Sonia Rosales of Granby, welcomed her new baby girl, weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 20.5 inches in length.

Freeman on Forefront of Cancer Treatment with TrueBeam Linear Accelerator

December 09, 2014

In a promising development for cancer patients in southwestern Missouri, Freeman Health System announced today it has acquired the top-of-class TrueBeam linear accelerator – an innovative piece of technology that enables doctors to use a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy.

Freeman on Forefront of Cancer Treatment with TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator

December 09, 2014

New Technology Expands Radiotherapy Options for Even the Most Challenging Cases

Freeman Receives Highest Possible Patient Safety Score

November 21, 2014

Only Health System in Southwest Missouri to Receive an “A” from The Leapfrog Group

Babies Born at Freeman Featured on Billboard

November 07, 2014

The Freeman Health System baby billboard is back by popular demand. The billboard, located at South Main and 32nd Streets, showcases babies born at Freeman Maternity Center.

AARP Smart Driver Course Offered in Neosho and Webb City

November 03, 2014

Older adults have an opportunity to refresh their driving skills and may save money on auto insurance by taking part in the AARP Smart Driver™ Course offered in Neosho and Webb City by Freeman Advantage, the Freeman Health System Wellness program for adults 50 and older.

Joplin Love's Travel Stop raises funds for local Children's Miracle Network Hospital

October 27, 2014

More than $13,000 was raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the Joplin Love’s Travel Stop fundraising campaign during August and September.

St. Peter's Outreach House donates food for Freeman dialysis patients

October 06, 2014

St. Peter’s Outreach House in Joplin is lending a helping hand to patients at Freeman Health System Nephrology & Dialysis Center. The organization donated food items to the Patient Dialysis Fund, which provides assistance to low-income and uninsured dialysis patients.

March of Dimes recognizes Freeman Health System for helping babies get a healthy start in life

October 02, 2014

Freeman Health System is one of 19 hospitals in Missouri recognized by the March of Dimes for having zero elective early inductions or Cesarean deliveries performed before the 39th week of pregnancy.

Freeman Health System chosen to organize Joplin Christmas parade

September 25, 2014

Freeman Health System officials say being chosen to organize the Joplin Christmas parade is a great opportunity to support the community and help continue a holiday tradition.

Clay shooting competition will benefit Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

September 25, 2014

Clays for a Cause, a clay shooting competition to benefit Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, will be held Saturday, October 4, at Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan. The tournament begins at 9:30 am with a shotgun start at the lodge at 1329 NW 100th St., with registration beginning at 8 am.

Carl Junction Schools partners with Freeman Health System to offer enhanced health services for students and staff

September 17, 2014

Carl Junction Schools and Freeman Health System are partnering to provide a comprehensive school-based health program for students and staff. The partnership goals for both students and staff are to improve the health of students and staff, increase access to health care, and decrease time lost from the classroom and work.

Freeman named MSSU's exclusive sports medicine and rehabilitation services provider

September 09, 2014

Freeman Health System signed a long-term, exclusive partnership with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) to become its official sports medicine and rehabilitation services provider. Dr. Robert Lieurance, Freeman Orthopaedic Surgeon, will serve as team physician for all MSSU athletics.

Freeman celebrates NICU's 20th year and unveils Angel Eye

August 21, 2014

Freeman Health System opened its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) knowing the need for such care was undeniable.

Construction begins on new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

August 05, 2014

Armed with gold shovels and teal hardhats, supporters of Freeman Health System and Ozark Center, Freeman’s behavioral health division, overturned mounds of dirt, officially signaling the start of construction for the new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism.

Freeman first in region to offer latest cardiac monitoring technology

July 29, 2014

Physicians at nationally ranked Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute are the first in the region to offer their patients a tiny, implantable device that is life-changing – and potentially life-saving – for those in need of cardiac monitoring.

Freeman tops CareChex ratings

July 28, 2014

A major medical quality rating organization awarded a multitude of service lines across Freeman Health System with top rankings at the national, state, regional and local levels based upon medical excellence and patient safety.

Freeman provides free physicals to local athletes

July 23, 2014

Each spring and summer, Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center provides free annual preparticipation physical exams to an estimated 2,000 middle school, high school and college athletes from nearly 20 local schools. Freeman will offer its final round of free physicals on Monday, July 28.

Nationally recognized heart care comes to Grove

July 08, 2014

Freeman Health System has expanded its nationally recognized cardiac care to the Grove, Okla., area. Freeman’s newest board-certified cardiologists, Dr. Darwin Jeyaraj and Dr. Douglas Stewart, are now accepting appointments for those seeking specialized care for chronic heart conditions or preventive care.

Freeman Neosho named Employer of the Month

July 07, 2014

Following a nine-month renovation project, Freeman Neosho Hospital will celebrate its recent facilities enhancement with the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. Given the hospital’s service to the community, employment opportunities and recent improvements, the chamber selected Freeman Neosho as its July Employer of the Month. A presentation will take place 10:30 am Tuesday, July 8, in Freeman Neosho’s recently opened La-Z-Boy Therapeutic Services Center.

New accreditation and technology indicate excellence at Freeman Wound Care

June 25, 2014

In addition to offering two new services – one a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and the other a new technology that provides thorough wound cleaning and debridement – Freeman Wound Care received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

COBRA health insurance recipients now have more options

May 27, 2014

Freeman Health System certified application counselors (CACs) are available to assist southwest Missouri residents currently utilizing COBRA health insurance find a less expensive option. Recently, the Obama administration announced that those who are eligible for COBRA continuation health coverage may opt, instead, to purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Freeman receives international award for improving patient care

May 27, 2014

Freeman Health System received the 2014 Truven Health Advantage Award for Overall Performance and the Truven Performance Efficiency Award, both of which recognize hospitals, health plans, government agencies and employers that use data analytics to improve quality of services. After competing against organizations from across the world, Freeman was recognized for its use of Truven Health’s Micromedex® 360 Care Insights, a real-time clinical software application that uses multiple data sources to inform staff when a patient meets certain high-risk criteria indicating he or she is in need of a clinical intervention.

Freeman Ambulance Service celebrates its first decade

May 19, 2014

There are a number of ways to validate the role of Freeman Ambulance Service in McDonald County. One could consider the number of calls the department responds to annually, which averages 2,300. Or one could examine the number of clinical staff – 18 in total – required to keep up with the volume. Then again, the 1.3 million miles the department’s ambulances have logged is rather impressive, too.

Perigo promoted to service line director

April 29, 2014

Freeman Health System promoted Kelli Perigo to Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute service line director. Perigo, an employee of Freeman for 11 years, will be responsible for providing oversight and direction for Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute’s business operations, including the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery offices, cardiac catheterization lab, vascular lab, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac echocardiography lab.

Freeman receives 2014 VHA Excellence Award

April 28, 2014

Freeman Health System received an Excellence Award for Supply Chain Management from VHA Inc., a national network serving more than 5,100 health system members. The award recognizes Freeman for documenting one of the highest levels of improvement in cost performance when purchasing physician-preferred supplies through the VHA alliance.

Freeman and Ozark Center welcome new chief operating officer

April 28, 2014

Mary Parrigon, a 24-year employee with Freeman Health System, has been named chief operating officer for Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman. During her decades-long tenure, Parrigon has served as chief financial officer, director of support services, accounting supervisor and staff accountant.

Sexual assault awareness is everyone's responsibility: 1 in 5 women will be raped in her lifetime

April 14, 2014

Two-hundred and twenty female and male victims of sexual assault have been aided by Freeman Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program since its inception in 2009.

Freeman provides free physicals to 2,000 area athletes

April 11, 2014

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center will provide free annual preparticipation physical exams to an estimated 2,000 middle school, high school and college athletes. Offered to nearly 20 local schools, the first round of free physicals will begin this month. Physicals will be offered to additional schools in July.

Freeman chief medical information officer blends expertise as physician and software developer

April 07, 2014

The combination of his 13-year career as an OBGYN in Chicago and his role in establishing a healthcare technology software development company equip Dr. Thomas Glodek with the ideal skillset to serve as Freeman Health System’s new chief medical information officer.

Arkansas Autism Connection supplies ABA therapy to children of northwest Arkansas

April 01, 2014

At age 13, Ethan Koeneman was still unable to fully communicate with those around him. Diagnosed with autism, Ethan was not able to convey his thoughts or emotions through verbal expression. For years, his mother, Shannon Edwards, struggled to connect with her only child.

Time change leaves many tired

February 28, 2014

On Sunday, March 9, the time will spring forward, making it hard for many to fall back to sleep. Adjusting to the springtime loss of an hour is often more difficult than gaining one in the fall.

Freeman fitness initiatives reach platinum level

February 28, 2014

Freeman Health System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association because of its initiatives to help employees eat better and move more.

Children's Kansas City and Freeman Health System join forces to advance pediatric care in Southwest Missouri

January 14, 2014

Freeman Health System announces today that it is affiliating with Children’s Kansas City to enhance care for children in southwest Missouri. As part of this collaboration, Children’s Kansas City is opening a permanent location, initially providing seven specialty clinics, on the Freeman campus.

Freeman West ranked among nation's best for quality

October 21, 2013

National Research Corporation named Freeman Hospital West among the nation’s top hospitals, as well as one of the top ranked in the Joplin area. 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.

"Grow Your Own" grant to help students learn about healthcare careers

October 03, 2013

Freeman Health System has been awarded a "Grow Your Own" grant from the Missouri Hospital Association. The $50,000 grant will be used to expand Freeman Health Academy, an existing program that provides workshops and summer camps to help middle and high school students explore healthcare careers. Through this grant, Freeman will extend Freeman Health Academy offerings to younger students, aged 10 -12.

October fundraising benefits women in need of screening mammogram

September 24, 2013

During October, Freeman Health System will host several fundraising initiatives to benefit the health system’s Helping Friends Mammogram Fund.

Freeman leads Health Insurance Marketplace education

September 16, 2013

Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded Freeman Health System an “Expanding Coverage” grant to help southwest Missouri consumers better understand health insurance stipulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect January 1, 2014. In partnership with other local organizations, Freeman will use this $249,191 grant to employ a highly trained team to provide awareness, outreach, and health insurance enrollment to residents of Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties.

Freeman recognized for quality in cardiac care

August 29, 2013

As part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri has recognized Freeman Health System with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering quality cardiac care. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes developed with input from the medical community.

Freeman provides free physicals to area athletes

July 17, 2013

Throughout the year, Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center provides free annual preparticipation physical exams to an estimated 2,000 middle school, high school, and college athletes from nearly 20 schools. The free physicals will continue for several Kansas and Missouri schools on July 22. The physicals will be offered at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, located at 2206 East 32nd Street. A schedule for the event is listed below.

Freeman ranked No. 4 hospital in state by U.S. News & World Report

July 17, 2013

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. The report, which for 24 years has saluted the nation’s premier hospitals, ranked Freeman Health System No. 4 in the state of Missouri for a second consecutive year.

Freeman names new medical education director

July 16, 2013

Freeman Health System is proud to announce Dr. Robert McNab’s expanded role as director of medical education. Dr. McNab will continue to serve as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and as a part-time hospitalist.

Freeman OccuMed extends Carthage clinic hours

July 03, 2013

Freeman OccuMed has expanded its clinic hours in Carthage. Due to patient demand, Dr. Rick Haggard, Freeman Occupational Medicine Physician; Linda Sitton, Freeman Nurse Practitioner; and Kathryn Charlton, Freeman Nurse Practitioner, will see patients an additional day each week.

Freeman West unveils kitchen and servery transformation

June 03, 2013

Gone is a hospital cafeteria as it was once known. In its place is the sleek, modern, eco-friendly, and efficient kitchen, servery, and dining area at Freeman Hospital West.

Two Freeman specialties ranked among top in the state

April 25, 2013

Freeman Health System is one of four hospitals in the state of Missouri to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement and is one of six hospitals in the state that meets criteria to be named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery. Blue Distinction® is a national designation program that recognizes hospitals demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently, and effectively.

Freeman to provide free physicals to area athletes

April 05, 2013

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center will provide free annual preparticipation physical exams to an estimated 2,000 middle school, high school and college athletes.

Grant enables purchase of tornado shelters for Turnaround Ranch

March 20, 2013

A grant from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund will allow for the purchase and installation of seven tornado shelters at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch, an organization that assists local youths with emotional and behavioral problems.

Freeman recognized as total joint speciality center

March 18, 2013

Freeman Health System is proud to announce its designation as a Premium Total Joint Specialty Center by UnitedHealth Premium, which recognizes quality of care.

Two-phase remodel underway at Freeman Neosho

March 15, 2013

Freeman Neosho Hospital is receiving a $120,000 facelift. The first phase of the project, which began on March 1 and is anticipated for completion within the same month, will provide an update to the main corridor of the first floor, including the installation of new flooring, the removal of wall covering, and the application of new paint. The second phase, scheduled to begin in April, will provide the same updates to 21 patient rooms and the second-floor corridor.

Ozark Center opens apartments for homeless youth

March 08, 2013

Ozark Center officially opened a second Pre-Adult Transitional Housing (PATH) apartment complex, a new residence to homeless youth in need of long-term housing, as well as assistance developing essential life skills. After seven months of construction, the completion of PATH II doubles the number of young adults Ozark Center can house.

Freeman names cardiology unit director

January 31, 2013

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.

Freeman work injury treatment earns praise

January 29, 2013

Freeman Work Injury Therapy received an Outcomes Excellence Certificate from Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO®), a nationwide outcomes database and reporting service for healthcare providers.

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism announces Show-Me Careers

January 17, 2013

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism is one of eight sites throughout the state chosen to implement the Show-Me Careers project, an initiative created by an eight-member statewide consortium charged with bringing about change for developmentally or intellectually disabled young adults who are seeking employment.

Freeman employees participate in Domestic Preparedness training

January 04, 2013

Ten employees from Freeman Health System and Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. Freeman employees participated in multiple drills and exercises involving mass casualty incidents that included chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive events, as well as natural disasters. The training is intense and provides a level of realism rarely seen outside of an actual disaster.

Freeman announces new contracted care director

December 12, 2012

Freeman Health System is proud to announce the promotion of Jonathan Wallner to contracted care director. Wallner has been a member of the Freeman team for 16 years, having worked as a senior financial analyst, a financial analyst, and a clinical data analyst. In his new position, Wallner now serves as a liaison between the health system and insurance companies, as well as other payers of healthcare services.

Freeman Health System bond rating upgraded

December 07, 2012

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has upgraded the financial outlook for Freeman Health System and affirmed its BBB+ long-term credit rating. The improved outlook reflects Freeman's operating performance through fiscal 2012 and interim fiscal 2013, completion of large capital projects, sizeable revenue base, good business position, and operating performance.

Freeman honored for organ and tissue donation efforts

November 27, 2012

Freeman Health System was one of two hospitals recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) for its exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Freeman received a Donate Life Award for the Midwest Transplant Network region.

Freeman Neosho welcomes new administrative leader

November 20, 2012

Freeman Health System is proud to announce the promotion of Renee Denton to Freeman Neosho Hospital Director of Administrative Services.

Gov. Nixon earns designation as Freeman Fellow

October 25, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon became the seventh person in the 90-year history of Freeman Health System to be named a Freeman Fellow. Gov. Nixon received this honor in recognition of his unprecedented commitment and leadership in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado that devastated the Joplin community. Gov. Nixon’s unwavering leadership during Joplin’s darkest hour brought hope, comfort, healing, and recovery to our wounded community.

Freeman ER staff recognized for lifesaving care

October 17, 2012

Emergency Room staff at Freeman Hospital West were recently recognized for their successful efforts to save the life of a critically injured patient. Several clinical staff accepted the C.T. Thompson Award for Excellence in Trauma Care on behalf of the health system.

Gov. Nixon given sneak preview of completed 6th floor

October 16, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon today joined Freeman Health System administrators for a sneak peak tour of Gary & Donna Hall Tower sixth floor. Scheduled to welcome its first patients this month, the 24,000 square foot space will provide 29 private rooms and will employ 70 additional nursing staff. The $8 million project was completed in a record-breaking 165 days.

Turnaround Ranch pays it forward

October 10, 2012

A generous gift from Tri-State Area Contractors Association (TSACA) encouraged students at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch to pay it forward. Members of TSACA recently donated $40,000 in labor and materials to make improvements at several Turnaround Ranch locations. Upgrades included a new shower and bath installation, lighting improvements, landscaping, and cosmetic upgrades.

Freeman recognized for employee health initiative

September 26, 2012

Freeman Health System was recognized for its employee health initiatives with the Health at Work Silver Award. Sponsored by ComPsych®, this award honors organizations that promote employee health and wellness. Freeman earned this merit based on its comprehensive wellness program, participation rates, and results.

Ozark Center receives $1.6 million grant to expand services and treatment for abused children

September 24, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined Ozark Center and Freeman Health System to announce a $1.6 million grant-funded initiative to improve treatment and services for abused youth.

Ozark Center and Magic Moments offer equine therapy to verterans

September 19, 2012

A local equine therapy program known for changing the lives of disabled children now hopes to aid veterans, thanks to assistance from Ozark Center. Magic Moments Riding Therapy and Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, are partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to offer equine therapy to area veterans.

3-D surgical imaging first of its kind of Four States

September 18, 2012

Freeman Health System has entered a new era in advanced patient care, thanks to the O-arm® Multidimensional Imaging System.

Freeman Cancer Institute announces new assistant director

September 14, 2012

Freeman Health System is proud to announce Connie Mock’s new role as Freeman Cancer Institute Assistant Director. In her new position, Mock will work closely with administrators and physicians at Freeman Cancer Institute to plan, implement, direct, coordinate, and evaluate the nursing functions at Freeman Cancer Institute.

Funding provides social skills classes for young adults with autism

September 04, 2012

Richard Snider confidently walked into a job interview three months ago. He sat across from his interviewer and engaged in conversation. As he spoke about his past job experience, Snider made eye contact and transitioned easily from one topic to another.

New technology aids local children living with autism

August 30, 2012

Technology today serves an infinite number of purposes—it entertains, it guides, it teaches. And for students at the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, it opens doors to worlds unknown.

Freeman Marketing captures gold and silver at 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards

August 16, 2012

The Marketing Department at Freeman Health System earned recognition at the 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report. Nearly 4,000 entries were received this year, making the competition the largest of its kind.

Ozark Center employees certified to lead mental health awareness course

July 23, 2012

Five Ozark Center employees have become certified instructors for the Mental Health First Aid – USA (MHFA) program.

Freeman provides free physicals to area athletes

July 20, 2012

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center will offer free annual preparticipation physical exams to an estimated 1,000 local high school and college athletes. The free physicals are available Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 at the newly constructed Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, located at 2206 East 32nd Street.

Freeman ranked #4 hospital in state by U.S. News & World Report

July 17, 2012

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. The report, which for 23 years has saluted the nation’s premiere hospitals, ranked Freeman Health System #4 in the state of Missouri.

Freeman Health Essentials earns highest mark of quality

July 02, 2012

Freeman Health Essentials, a home medical equipment and service provider for the Four State area, has earned accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA).

Healing Joplin comes to close

June 12, 2012

In the beginning, their role as man-on-the-street counselors was simply to listen—to allow that person standing in front of them to share his story. And everyone, it seemed, had a story to share. Some had lost everything. Some had lost nothing. But everyone was grieving.

Freeman recommits to Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge

April 30, 2012

By re-signing the Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge, Freeman continues its efforts to improve the community’s well-being through food policy change. Part of the national Healthy Food in Healthcare Initiative developed by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and Health Care Without Harm, this pledge outlines Freeman’s commitment to increase its offering of fruits and vegetables; to work with local farmers and food suppliers to improve the availability of fresh, locally produced food; and to educate the community about nutritious food practices.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Freeman Health System high performing in five specialities

March 23, 2012

Freeman Health System has been ranked high performing in five specialties by the U.S. News & World Reports 2011-12 Best Hospitals assessment.

Freeman protocol earns national recognition

March 16, 2012

Phillips Enterprise Patient Informatics Solutions Users Group (EPIS) honored Freeman Health System with an Industry Impact Award for advancing patient outcomes in the Maternity Center at Freeman Hospital West. The Philips EPIS Impact Award is presented to an organization demonstrating the positive impact of Philips EPIS solutions.

Freeman opens fifth floor

March 13, 2012

Following a record-breaking month of in patient volumes, Freeman Health System celebrated the completion of the fifth floor of the Gary & Donna Hall Tower at Freeman Hospital West. Gov. Jay Nixon joined Freeman for the event, which revealed a first look at the 24,000-square-foot space.

Freeman Sports & Rehabilitation Center opens

March 05, 2012

With a quick snip from a pair of oversized scissors, Freeman cut a bright red ribbon, officially opening the doors to its new $2 million rehabilitation and sports center.

Freeman Marketing Department earns ADDY approval

February 24, 2012

Freeman Health System Marketing Department captured the attention of judges for the Joplin Area Advertising Federation’s ADDY® competition. During a ceremony on February 18, Freeman Marketing was honored with 13 prizes, including two judges’ awards, three gold and eight silvers.

Freeman Neosho opens expanded ER

February 16, 2012

Expansion projects are underway at all three Freeman campuses, the latest of which will position Freeman Neosho Hospital to better serve its growing number of emergency room patients.

Freeman physician joins Southwest Missouri American Red Cross Board

February 09, 2012

Dr. Kyle Kennedy, Freeman Hospital West Emergency Department Physician Director, has been named to the Southwest Missouri American Red Cross Board of Directors.

Ozark Center fully healed after May 22 tornado

January 30, 2012

After losing half its Joplin facilities in the May 22, 2011, tornado, Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, is fully restored. On January 30, Ozark Center reopened New Directions residential substance abuse treatment and medical detoxification facility, marking the end of its long road to recovery.

Will's Place Officially Opens

January 10, 2012

Praising Gov. Jay Nixon and the state legislature for their steadfast support, Freeman and Ozark Center administrators officially opened Will’s Place, a healing center for children made possible by a $2 million allocation from the state in the weeks following the May 22 tornado. Gov. Nixon was present for the opening of the center, which was named in memory of Will Norton, a Joplin youth tragically killed during the storm.

Freeman welcomes first baby of 2012!

January 01, 2012

Norah Pearl Mutic arrived at 12:26 am on January 1, 2012, at Freeman Hospital West. This precious baby girl was welcomed by first-time parents Abby and Nathan Mutic of Joplin. Norah weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 1/2 inches in length.