Community Benefit

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Reinvesting in Our Community

2014 Community Benefit Report

Financial assistance at cost $12,184,032
Unpaid cost of Medicaid 11,244,539
Community health services 432,058
Health professions education 976,831
Subsidized services 16,166,092
Research 537,724
Financial and in-kind contributions to community groups 1,333,128
Community-building activities 16,052

Freeman Development Office provided support for:
Cancer education/detection/community health 8,858
Direct financial assistance/Chaplains Fund & Cancer Fund* 76,896
Employee Disaster Fund 2,100

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided support for:
Disbursements/aid for medical needs of local families** 186,337
Community projects & grants 25,000
Ronald McDonald House Gift*** 10,000

Freeman Auxiliary/Volunteers provided support for:
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals** 15,000
Cardiac bears for heart patients 5,925
Scholarships – nursing 14,000
Scholarships – Student Volunteer Program 500
Student Volunteer Program 1,070
Chaplains Fund* 15,000
Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism 15,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States*** 10,000
Electric scooter for patients and guests 4,100
Refreshments for patients receiving chemotherapy 4,000
Automated external defibrillator 1,438
Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit warmer 34,687
Freeman Development Office 20,000
Ozark Center 5,000
Total 145,720

Freeman employees provided support for:
Freeman Development Office & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 136,790
United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas 54,286
Neosho Area United Fund 9,479

*$15,000 made possible by Freeman Auxiliary
**$15,000 made possible by Freeman Auxiliary
***10,000 made possible by Freeman Auxiliary

Fostering healthy communities
Freeman fosters the health of the community through many outreach programs:
  • Diabetes education
  • Support groups for a variety of illnesses and conditions
  • Low-cost community health screenings
  • Mammograms for underinsured women/Helping Friends Mammogram Fund
  • Free annual preseason physical exams for athletes attending area schools
  • Organizing, operating and sponsoring the Joplin Christmas Parade
  • Freeman Health Academy, a program that gives students the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers from Freeman physicians and clinical staff. Provided at no cost to students, the program includes a variety of camps, outreach activities, educational offerings and job shadowing opportunities.
Supporting our schools
Freeman partners with Joplin Public Schools through Bright Futures to encourage graduation and help students succeed.
  • Freeman sponsors Together Reaching Every Kid, a project in which members of the community volunteer their time to tutor and mentor students after school to improve student achievement in reading and math.
  • Freeman employees volunteer as mentors and help with Positive Adults Lunching with Students, a program that pairs a caring adult with an elementary student who needs a positive role model.
  • Freeman supports activities and events at its partner schools – Joplin High School, South Middle School, West Central Elementary School and the Early Childhood Center. This support includes providing an annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, helping with annual carnivals and more.