Joplin, Mo – A Baxter Springs, Kansas area resident has alerted Freeman Health System and authorities of a possible scam. On June 8, 2020, the resident reported that two people, a man and woman, traveled in her neighborhood asking people if they had breathing problems or hay fever. The man came to the door of her home saying he was with Freeman, flashing a badge. He claimed be giving away free breathing treatments and offered to demonstrate a nebulizer called “My Buddy.”
Freeman Health System does not conduct door-to-door demonstrations of products or endorse a specific nebulizer machine, nor does it offer free breathing treatments. The subjects in question do not represent Freeman Health System.
The reporting party described the couple as driving a silver Honda van with the male being adamant about entering homes. If approached, please contact your local law enforcement authorities.
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. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2019. 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.