Freeman Auxiliary presented $10,000 to Freeman Dialysis Fund to help local dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease occurs when kidneys fail, and patients must undergo more than 15 hours of dialysis treatments each week. Dialysis treatments can interfere with a patient’s ability to work, which can make it difficult to pay for medical expenses, proper nutrition and transportation to treatments.
Along with Freeman Nephrology & Dialysis Center, Freeman Auxiliary is sponsoring this year’s March O’ the Kidney, a one-mile walk benefitting Freeman Dialysis Fund. Check-in for March O’ the Kidney begins at 8:00 am Saturday, March 10, at Northpark Mall at the Macy’s entrance near the Freeman Play Area. Pre-registration is $10 per walker, $15 at-the-door, and all ages are welcome. To register for the walk or donate to Freeman Dialysis Fund, visit freemanhealth.com/marchothekidney, or call 417.347.8330.
In addition to this year’s March O’ the Kidney, a poll is being conducted to name the event’s kidney mascot. Patients, staff and visitors submitted names during February, and the top two will be announced during the check presentation. Individuals may vote for their favorite online at facebook.com/freemanhealthsystem. The winner will be announced at March O’ the Kidney.
Each year, Freeman Auxiliary members raise money through Freeman Gift Gallery, raffles and various events. In addition to supporting nursing programs, Freeman Auxiliary supports programs such as Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States, the Chaplains Fund and Turnaround Ranch. Freeman Auxiliary also purchases wheelchairs and other needed hospital equipment.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.