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Freeman Cuts Ribbon on Webb City Neighborhood Care

January 20, 2016

Freeman Health System celebrated the opening of Webb City Neighborhood Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, January 20.

Webb City, Mo. – Freeman Health System celebrated the opening of Webb City Neighborhood Care with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, January 20. The new facility, located at 1636 S. Madison St. in Webb City, Mo., is home to Freeman Urgent Care, Freeman Primary Care and Freeman Outpatient Dialysis Center.

“Webb City Neighborhood Care is an important part of our commitment to provide quality, convenient care outside our main facilities,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “These doctors, nurses and staff members live where their patients live, and they shop, eat and play alongside their patients. By offering services in the communities where people live, we hope to develop a stronger connection with our patients.”

Webb City Neighborhood Care is the new home of Freeman Urgent Care. The walk-in clinic is staffed with highly-trained physicians, registered nurses and x-ray technicians who can provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries that require prompt assistance without making an appointment.

Freeman also welcomes Dr. W. Heath Dillard to Freeman Primary care to improve access to primary care in the Webb City area. Conveniently located at Webb City Neighborhood Care, Dr. Dillard is board-certified in internal medicine and is currently accepting new patients.

“Freeman is committed to making quality, primary care easily and readily accessible throughout this region,” said Dr. Richard Schooler, Freeman Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to be able to place a primary care physician the caliber of Dr. Dillard in the north Joplin – Webb City area.”

Serving patients as young as 14, Dr. Dillard brings many years of experience to Freeman Primary Care, striving to educate his patients.

“I educate patients and hold them accountable for their health,” said Dr. Dillard. “I want them to understand why certain treatments are recommended.”

Webb City Neighborhood Care is also home to Freeman Outpatient Dialysis Center, which will open at the end of January. The new center complements kidney treatment services in place at Freeman Hospital West and Freeman Hospital East. With highly-trained nephrologists, Freeman Outpatient Dialysis Center features 16 chairs with the ability to expand to 24. Heated seats, warm blankets and nutrition provide comfort to the patient while undergoing dialysis.

Now is the time to schedule your appointment, because prime dialysis shifts are available. To schedule dialysis treatment, call 417.347.8330.

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. For 2016, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report ranked Freeman one of the top Hospitals in Southwest Missouri in 2014-15, and The Leapfrog Group gave Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 60 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular 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 or or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at