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Freeman Breaks Ground on Near-Site Learning Center

May 15, 2019

Program Open to Part-time and Full-time Freeman Employees

Freeman Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a project to build a near-site day care center for children of Freeman employees. When complete, Freeman Learning Center will be nearly 10,000 square feet and will accommodate up to 90 children.

“Freeman Learning Center will focus on more than just making sure the child is well fed, rested and safe,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will offer structured play that engages children to help them grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.”

Freeman Learning Center will be open to children ages 6 weeks through 6 years. Both part-time and full-time staff will be able to enroll their children in the day care program. Meals will be provided, and the center will have a lactation room for mothers to nurse their babies.

Freeman Learning Center will feature rooms for different age groups, a playground area, a monitored security system and a storm shelter to protect the children in case of natural disaster. The center will be fully licensed and will employ approximately 27 individuals. 

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 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. 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