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Freeman OccuMed extends Carthage clinic hours

July 03, 2013

Freeman OccuMed has expanded its clinic hours in Carthage.

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman OccuMed has expanded its clinic hours in Carthage. Due to patient demand, Dr. Rick Haggard, Freeman Occupational Medicine Physician; Linda Sitton, Freeman Nurse Practitioner; and Kathryn Charlton, Freeman Nurse Practitioner, will see patients an additional day each week. 

Freeman OccuMed offers a full range of occupational medicine services, including drug and alcohol testing, various levels of physical exams, treatment of work-related injuries, and testing to determine work injury risk through a partnership with the nationally known WorkSTEPS® program. In addition, Freeman OccuMed has the ability to provide continuity of care for patients with work-related injuries, thanks to a network of experienced and nationally recognized surgeons and physical therapists.

The additional hours in Carthage will improve access for those seeking workers’ compensation appointments, return-to-work releases, general physicals, respiratory physicals, Department of Transportation physicals, and WorkSTEPS physicals. To make an appointment at the Carthage clinic, located at 1500 South Case Street, please call 417.359.0625.

“There’s no greater compliment to the quality of care we provide than when customers ask for greater access to our services,” said Dr. Haggard. “We’re excited to expand our presence in the Carthage community and strengthen the role we play in keeping work forces healthy and productive.”

The expanded availability provides businesses with the care their employees need, when they need it. 

“We’re proud to partner with an occupational health clinic that meets our comprehensive needs,” said Jeff Yarnall, Safety Director for D&D Sexton. “The expanded hours will allow us more flexibility and greater efficiency.” 

About Freeman Health System

Based in Joplin, Mo., and proudly recognized as the Best Hospital in southwest Missouri—as well as ranked #4 in the state—by US News & World Report, Freeman Health System provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s services. The area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, Freeman has more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit or, or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at