Freeman News

Local CMN Advocate to be Nationally Recognized

February 11, 2020

Panda Express Manager Susan Crespino is Big Fundraiser for CMN

Joplin, Mo – “This is really exciting for us to have a local restaurant manager and our hospital nationally recognized,” says Michaela Bennett, Freeman Health System Development & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Program Manager.

Susan Crespino, manager of Panda Express in Joplin, is a dedicated advocate for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She raised close to $25,000 in 2019 alone, and her support continues to grow. Crespino herself had twins in the Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit fifteen years ago, inspiring her to fundraise for CMN. Crespino will be featured in a nationally produced video for CMN’s national sites, as well as Panda Express’ national website for its Employee Giving Campaign.

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 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