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Freeman Welcomes First Babies of 2017

January 03, 2017

Two babies were born at Freeman Hospital West to ring in the New Year.

Two babies were born at Freeman Hospital West to ring in the New Year, including Todd Patrick Allen, Jr. His parents plan on calling him TJ. This precious baby arrived at 6:17 pm January 1, 2017. Little TJ was welcomed by parents Raven and Todd Allen of Neosho, Mo. TJ weighed six pounds, one ounce and measured 19.5 inches in length.

TJ, along with all babies born at Freeman West on New Year’s Day, received a stuffed animal from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Freeman Health System has provided maternity care to Joplin and surrounding communities for more than 90 years. Freeman Maternity Center features two obstetric surgery suites, board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse midwifes, the region’s only board-certified perinatologist for high-risk pregnancies and three full-time neonatal nurse practitioners for sick and prematurely born infants. A newly-remodeled nurses station, nursery and mom and baby rooms provide privacy and comfort during this special time. Additionally, Malarie Hickey Jaccaud Birthing Unit features nine home-like labor and delivery suites.

Todd Patrick Allen, Jr.

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. U.S. News & World Report ranked Freeman one of the top Hospitals in Southwest Missouri more than four years in a row, and the Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2016 Hospital Patient 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