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Freeman Health System Accomplishments and Awards

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American Heart Association

Once again Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute has been recognized by the American Heart Association for outstanding care provided to patients with NSTEMI.  This year, by meeting very high performance thresholds, it received the 2020 Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Recognition Award, AHA’s highest achievement for this program.

Freeman received gold level recognition in the AHA 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index. The AHA Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs, as well as the overall heart health of their employees. The AHA Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices.

Freeman was recognized as a platinum-level worksite and Fit Friendly Company by AHA. 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.

Additionally, Freeman was recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” publication. Freeman joins an elite group of hospitals recognized for adhering to the latest scientific guidelines for heart attack care as part of the Mission: Lifeline® quality initiative.

 

CARECHEX®

CareChex® Medical Excellence Ratings for Freeman

  • Top 100 in nation:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Spinal fusion
    • Women’s Health
  • Top 10 percent in nation:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spinal surgery
    • Women’s Health
  • #1 in Region
    • Bariatric surgery
  • Top 10 percent in region:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spinal surgery
    • Women’s health
  • #1 in state
    • Bariatric surgery
  • Top 10 percent in state:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spinal surgery
    • Women’s health
  • #1 in market:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • General surgery
    • Hip fracture care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spinal surgery
    • Women’s health

CareChex® Patient Safety Ratings for Freeman

  • Top 100 in nation:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Gastrointestinal care
    • General surgery
    • Interventional carotid care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Neurological care
  • Top 10 percent in nation:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gallbladder removal
    • Gastrointestinal care
    • General surgery
    • Interventional carotid care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Neurological care
    • Pneumonia care
  • Top 10 percent in region:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Gastrointestinal care
    • General surgery
    • Hip fracture
    • Interventional carotid care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Neurological care
    • Pneumonia care
    • Stroke care
  • #1 in State
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Hip fracture care
  • Top 10 percent in state:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Gastrointestinal care
    • General surgery
    • Hip fracture care
    • Interventional carotid care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Neurological care
    • Pneumonia care
    • Spinal fusion
  • #1 in market:
    • Bariatric surgery
    • COPD
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Gastrointestinal care
    • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    • General surgery
    • Heart attack treatment
    • Hip fracture care
    • Major bowel procedures
    • Neurological care
    • Pneumonia care
    • Spinal fusion
    • Stroke care
    • Vascular surgery
    • Women’s health

 

CareChex® – an information service of Quantros, Inc. – ranked Freeman’s bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal care, general surgery, interventional carotid care, majpr bowel procedures and neurological care among the Top 100 in the nation for patient safety. Additionally, CareChex ranked Freeman among the Top 100 in the nation for medical excellence in bariatric surgery, gall bladder removal, major bowel procedures and spinal fusion.

Freeman is ranked #1 in market for medical excellence in bariatric surgery, general surgery, hip fracture care, major bowel procedures, spinal fusion, spinal surgery and women’s health.

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Once again Freeman Health System has been named the Best Regional Hospital in Southwest Missouri by the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and ranks 14th in the state of Missouri in 2020. Freeman has also been ranked as high-performing for three procedures and conditions by the Best Hospitals assessment, including heart failure care, colon cancer surgery and COPD treatment.

 

 

 

 

Foster G. McGaw Prize

Freeman Health System was one of four hospitals in the nation to be acknowledged for its ongoing efforts to improve the health and well-being of everyone in its communities in 2020. The award if the Foster G. McGaw Prize, which uniquely shows the relationship between a hospital and its community, was founded by the Baxter Allegiance Foundation and the American Hospital Association in 1986.

 

The Leapfrog Group

Freeman 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, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 in Hospital Safety Score, acknowledging Freeman’s success in protecting patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections. 

In 2017, Freeman was also named a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group. Freeman is one of two hospitals in Missouri and 36 nationally to receive this honor.

 

United Health 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.

 

National Research Corporation

Freeman is one of just 279 hospitals nationwide, and the only hospital in this area, to be named a Consumer Choice Award Winner by National Research Corporation for 2017 – 2018. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in surveys.

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Freeman was recognized by Anthem® Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery, Maternity Care and Cardiac Care, and 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.

 

March of Dimes

Freeman Maternity Center received a perfect score for eliminating early elective deliveries from the March of Dimes. Freeman was one of 19 hospitals in Missouri to receive the honor.

 

Homecare Elite

Freeman Home Care, the area’s premier provider of home healthcare for more than 30 years, has been named to the HomeCare Elite™ for the twelth time since 2006. This market-leading review designates the top 25 percent of home care providers in the nation based on quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation and financial management.

 

Becker's Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review placed Freeman Health System among the 36 top hospitals in the nation with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery. In fact, Freeman tied for fifth place, higher than Mayo Clinic. Our orthopaedic specialists want to give patients the right care at the right time, the first time they come through our doors – and they’ve done just that!

 

Urgent Care Association of America

Freeman Urgent Care, with locations in Joplin and Webb City, has earned the Accredited Urgent Care designation, the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers. Freeman Urgent Care provides patients with walk-in extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and has met all the Urgent Care Association of America’s established standard and criteria for quality of patient care, safety and scope of services.

 

Stand and Poor's

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) has upgraded Freeman Health System’s standard long-term bond rating from “A-“ to “A.” In receiving the upgrade, the hospital bucks a national trend in which other healthcare institutions are experiencing ratings downgrades.

 

Joplin Globe and Zimmerman Radio Group

Freeman was name Best Hospital for the last four years by both The Joplin Globe newspaper and Zimmer Radio Group through customer voting.

 

Freeman Recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Freeman joined a growing number of Missouri businesses by becoming a Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite – Silver Level. Breastfeeding friendly employers proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants. They provide time, space and other benefits to maintain breastfeeding after a mother returns to work.

 

Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Neosho

Freeman Neosho Hospital celebrated 25 years as part of Freeman Health System with a brief ceremony and refreshments. In 1993, Freeman Health System acquired Sale Memorial Hospital, extending services to residents in Newton and McDonald counties.

Ozark Center Named Outstanding Performer for 2018

Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, was named the 2018 Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Outstanding Performer by the Missouri Department of Mental Health – Division of Behavioral Health. The award recognizes Ozark Center’s commitment to obtaining and maintaining education and employment for clients.

 

Freeman Earns Highest Stemi Designation

Freeman took a major stride forward in improving the quality of healthcare in the four-state area by earning a Level I STEMI Center designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

Freeman Named "Best 50" For Supply Chain

Freeman Health System is named one of the “Best 50” by Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX®). GHX® uses cloud-based supply chain management technology and services to reduce costs, reduce waste and drive efficiency for better patient care.

 

Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute Receives Certification

Freeman Health System Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute is one of only four practices in Missouri to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®). The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.