Helping Our Community

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Reinvesting in Our Community

2015 Community Benefit Report

Financial assistance at cost $14,062,325
Unpaid cost of Medicaid   17,485,930
Community health services        388,870
Health professions education        590,603
Subsidized services   10,737,004
Research        707,133
Financial and in-kind contributions to community groups     5,684,846
Community-building activities          84,718

Freeman Development Office provided support for:
Cancer education/detection/community health 3,933
Direct financial assistance/Chaplains Fund & Cancer Fund* 47,379
Employee Disaster Fund 7,500
Healthcare education 595
Ronald McDonald House Gift*** 10,000

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided support for:
Disbursements/aid for medical needs of local families** 162,552
Community projects & grants 25,000

Freeman Auxiliary/Volunteers provided support for:
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals** 15,000
Cardiac bears for heart patients 4,880
Scholarships – Student Volunteer Program 2,750
Student Volunteer Program 1,466
Chaplains Fund* 15,000
Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism 23,600
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States*** 10,000
Recliners for Freeman Maternity Center patient rooms 40,000
Electric scooter for patients and guests 11,090
Refreshments for patients receiving chemotherapy 4,500
Freeman Development Office 20,000
Ozark Center – Turnaround Ranch 30,000
March O' the Kidney Sponsorship 1,000
Total 179,286

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

Freeman employees provided support for:

Freeman Development Office & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 165,444
United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas 48,840
Neosho Area United Fund 5,126

Additionally, Freeman employees volunteered countless hours to support:

  • Stream Team event in Carl Junction benefitting the United Way Day of Action and Joplin Association for the Blind
  • Salvation Army Joplin
  • United Way’s Circles Initiative
  • Children’s Haven
  • Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission
  • Soroptimist International of Joplin – Camp Soroptimist for Jasper County foster kids
  • Joplin Christmas Parade
  • Carl Junction Schools
  • Operation Fairy Godmother
  • Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch
  • Professional clothing drive for MSSU students
  • Non-perishable food drive for local pantries
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
  • Freeman’s multi-million dollar gift to the development of the KCU Medical School in Joplin and provision of residency and training opportunities for KCU students at a cost of $85,000 per slot
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.