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Helping Our Community


Continually looking for new and exciting ways to reach and strengthen the community through wellness education and outreach, Freeman offers a variety of services that extend outside of the walls of the hospital.


To encourage graduation, Freeman collaborates with Joplin Public Schools through Bright Futures and a partnership supporting:

  • South Middle School
  • Early Childhood Learning Center
  • West Central Elementary School
  • Flex Program
  • Beacon School
  • Positive Adults Lunching with Students (PALS)

    2022 Community Benefit Report

      Financial assistance at cost $17,450,967
      Unreimbursed Medicaid      22,098,079
      Community health improvement       531,627
      Health professions education     3,069,066
      Subsidized health services     1,653,659
      Research      1,279,382
      Contributions         557,692
      Community-building activities      276,500

    Freeman Development, through Freeman Health System, provided support for the following:

      Healthcare education*   36,328
      Cancer Education/Detection/Community Health**     18,061
      Direct financial assistance/Chaplains Aid, Cancer, Dialysis, Cardiac***   49,396
      Employee Disaster Fund/Relief Fund


      Autism**** 139,783
      Turnaround Ranch and Ozark Center*****


    *$30,600 Healthcare Education made possible by Auxiliary
    **1,391.88 Cancer Detection made possible by Auxiliary
    ***$26,992 Direct financial assistance made possible by Auxiliary
    ****$6,500 Autism financial assistance made possible by Auxiliary
    *****$3,000 Ozark Turn Around Ranch financial assistance made possible by Auxiliary

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided support for:

      Disbursements-aid for medical needs of local families*** 106,438

    ****$10,000 Disbursement-aid for medical needs made possible by Auxiliary 


    Development Office provided support for the following:

    Ronald McDonald House Gift***** 10,000

    *****$10,000 Ronald McDonald House of the Four States gift made possible by Auxiliary

    Freeman Auxiliary/Volunteers provided support for the following:

      Children's Miracle Network Hospitals******  10,000
      Cardiac Bear Program      2,442
      Neosho Infusion Patients Snacks***        50
      Scholarships – Student Volunteer Program      4,100
      Chaplain Aid Fund and Prayer Cards***   11,000
      Autism Center****     6,500
      Ronald McDonald House*******   10,000
      Learning Center Smart Boards   5,000
      Cancer Institute Chemotherapy Pt. Care Refreshments***     3,500
      Sponsorship for Kidney Walk for Pt. Assistance Fund***   10,000
      Mammogram financial aid**        1,392
      Ozark Center – Turnaround Ranch*****     3,000
      Nursing Event Sponsorship*   10,000
      Assistance to Nursing Schools*   14,000
      Nursing Scholarships    2,500
      Cancer Institute Awning Fees     1,500
      Total 94, 984


    Freeman employees provided support for the following:

      Employee Donations to Development & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 189,482
      United Way   480


    Additionally, Freeman employees volunteered countless hours to support:

    • United Way Circles Initiatives
    • Child Abuse Prevention Awareness event for kids
    • Salvation Army Joplin
    • Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County/Painting Project
    • Camp Soroptimist Tailgate Dinner
    • Watered Gardens
    • Wildcat Glades Water Festival
    • Ronald McDonald House’s Big Red Shoe Run
    • Life Choices Banquet setup
    • Rapha House
    • Children’s Haven
    • Chase the Chill
    • Salvation Army Pittsburg
    • Spiva Center for the Arts
    • Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri
    • Victory Ministry Sports Complex


    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 and Carl Junction Public Schools through Bright Futures to encourage graduation and help students succeed.

    • 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, Joplin South Middle School, Joplin West Central Elementary School, Joplin Early Childhood Center, Carl Junction High School and Carl Junction Bright Futures. This support includes providing an annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, helping with annual carnivals, football concessions and more.

    More than just a healthcare provider...

    Freeman Health System supports the well-being of the communities it serves by sponsoring Freeman Health First Alert Doppler on KSN-TV 16. The doppler provides early and accurate warnings of potentially damaging storms.

    Comforting families during difficult times

    In 1998 Ronald McDonald House of the Four States opened in a brand new facility on land donated by Freeman Health System. Since that time, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, has provided a home away from home for more than 2,000 families with seriously ill children or ill expectant mothers staying at nearby hospitals. Ronald McDonald House of the Four States belongs to the worldwide network of more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries and regions. Click here to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of the Four States.

    10th Annual Freeman 5K

    Regretfully, Freeman Health System must announce the cancellation of the 10th Annual Freeman 5K and One-Mile Fun Run, which was planned for April 4, 2020, at Joplin YMCA. After careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to cancel out of concern for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our participants’ safety is of the utmost importance. The event will not be rescheduled and no refunds can be provided. Funds have already been spent in preparation for the race on t-shirts, medals as well as race vendor deposits.Participants can still run or walk in their race t-shirts by doing a virtual 5K. They can share pictures of their virtual run on the Freeman 5K Facebook Event page. T-shirt distribution will still take place at a later date. We appreciate those who registered in advance and all who had planned to be part of the race.



    In consideration of your accepting this entry form, I, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against Freeman Health System, the officials and sponsors of the Freeman 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk, whether caused by my negligence or that of Freeman Health System or the officials, sponsors or volunteers working such run. I acknowledge that I am aware of inherent risks of participation in an athletic event of this type. I assume all risk of injury, whether or not caused by negligence, and release any claim I may have for any injury that I may sustain. I irrevocably grant full permission to Freeman Health System to use photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, and/or recordings of me, or any other record of this event, for any legitimate purpose.