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Freeman Named Top Teaching Hospital

December 08, 2017

Award Recognizes Patient Safety and Quality


Freeman Health System was named a Top Teaching Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Freeman is one of two hospitals in Missouri and 36 nationally to receive this honor.

The physician training program at Freeman has provided medical students and resident doctors the opportunity to study with some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated physicians in the country for more than 40 years. Freeman offers graduate medical education training in four residency programs – Emergency Medicine, Ear, Nose and Throat, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

“This recognition is proof of the extraordinary devotion and passion demonstrated each and every day by our physicians, residents, nurses and staff,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to provide exceptional care to patients while shaping tomorrow’s doctors along the way.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Freeman was recognized nationally alongside:

  • 10 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 45 Top General Hospitals
  • 18 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 36 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors.

“We are proud to recognize Freeman as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog President and Chief Executive Officer. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of 2017 Top Hospitals is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit

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 2017, 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

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.