Donald Cotton

Donald Cotton

Wound Care

Freeman Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

3315 McIntosh Circle

Joplin, Missouri 64804

417.347.4800
Freeman Physician
Veteran
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medical education

Medical School: University of Missouri
Residency: Baptist Memorial Hospital
Residency: St. John's Mercy Medical Center
Internship: Baptist Memorial Hospital

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Feb 09, 2012

Freeman physician joins Southwest Missouri American Red Cross Board

Dr. Kyle Kennedy, Freeman Hospital West Emergency Department Physician Director, has been named to the Southwest Missouri American Red Cross Board of Directors.
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Mar 23, 2012

U.S. News & World Report ranks Freeman Health System high performing in five specialities

Freeman Health System has been ranked high performing in five specialties by the U.S. News & World Reports 2011-12 Best Hospitals assessment.
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Jul 08, 2012

Freeman ranked #4 hospital in state by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. The report, which for 23 years has saluted the nation’s premiere hospitals, ranked Freeman Health System #4 in the state of Missouri.
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Oct 17, 2012

Freeman ER staff recognized for lifesaving care

Emergency Room staff at Freeman Hospital West were recently recognized for their successful efforts to save the life of a critically injured patient.
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Jan 04, 2013

Freeman employees participate in Domestic Preparedness training

Ten employees from Freeman Health System and Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.
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Oct 21, 2013

Freeman West ranked among nation's best for quality

National Research Corporation named Freeman Hospital West among the nation’s top hospitals, as well as one of the top ranked in the Joplin area.
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Apr 14, 2014

Sexual assault awareness is everyone's responsibility 1 in 5 women will be raped in her lifetime

Two-hundred and twenty female and male victims of sexual assault have been aided by Freeman Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program since its inception in 2009.
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May 19, 2014

Freeman Ambulance Service celebrates its first decade

Freeman Ambulance Service is celebrating its tenth year of operation. In total, it is estimated staff have responded to 23,000 emergency calls from the 540-mile McDonald County area.
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Jul 28, 2014

Freeman tops CareChex ratings

A major medical quality rating organization awarded a multitude of service lines across Freeman Health System with top rankings at the national, state, regional and local levels based upon medical excellence and patient safety.
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Jul 29, 2015

Freeman Neosho Earns Excellence Through Insight Award

Freeman Neosho Hospital was recently recognized with an Excellence Through Insight award for Most Improved Emergency Department Experience in the Small Hospital category by HealthStream, Inc.
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Oct 14, 2015

EagleMed Unveils New Freeman Helicopter

Freeman Health System enhances its ability to provide quality, life-saving emergency transportation services by unveiling a new helicopter with state-of-the-art technology.
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Oct 31, 2016

Freeman Recognized Again for Patient Safety

Freeman Health System was honored with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score.
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Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety

Freeman earns grade "A" in Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score.
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Freeman Rolls Out Two New Ambulances

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Freeman Recognized for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

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Freeman Achieves Elite National Recognition

Hospital Earns Grade “A” in Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Score
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Freeman Welcomes MedFlight

Air Ambulance Crew Returns to Joplin and Increases Access to Care in Rural Areas
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Emergency Medicine Residency Program Earns Initial Accreditation

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Freeman Earns Recertification for Level II Trauma Program

Recertification Recognizes Dedication to Providing World-class Trauma Care
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Freeman Announces New Emergency-Trauma Services Director

New Director has More than 20 Years of Emergency Critical Care Experience
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Mar 06, 2020

Freeman Finalist for 2019 Foster G. McGaw Prize

Finalists from Massachusetts, Texas and Ohio are also Honored
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Freeman Salutes Emergency Responders During EMS Week

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Freeman Recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 3 Categories And Named Best Regional Hospital in Southwest Missouri

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Apr 05, 2017

Daisy Award Honorees April 2017

Congratulations to all of Freeman’s DAISY Award winners!

Freeman Health System held its first recognition ceremony in conjunction with the DAISY Foundation program. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him, but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of many people.

A few months ago, Freeman began requesting DAISY Award nominations from patients, fellow nurses, volunteers, physicians, staff or visitors. The nominee was to describe a situation in which the nurse demonstrated at least one of these principles:

P – Passion/compassion for nursing and the care provided to the patient and family
E – Empathy in the situation
T – Trust and teamwork with families, patients and teammates
A – Admirable attributes possessed
L – Loyalty to patients, families and hospital
S – Selflessness

It was no surprise Freeman received an abundance of nomination forms recognizing the compassionate care and clinical expertise of registered nurses. With the help of the Shared Governance Nursing Coordinating Council, Freeman selected three nurses to be honored at its first quarterly DAISY Award presentation.

The first recipient, Stacy Pryor, RN, from Freeman Emergency Department. Stacy was  nominated by a visitor whose 13-year-old son, James, needed medical attention. James had  viral encephalitis and needed to be transferred to a children’s hospital in Kansas City.

 The mother writes: “Stacy was empathetic and warm, yet professional. She was professionally  proficient and communicated with us effectively and in a timely manner. Her calm demeanor  and excellent nursing skills were noticed and appreciated. James is doing wonderfully now,  due  in large part to the care he received at Freeman’s Emergency Department. Thank you!”

The second DAISY Award winner is Shelly Shoemaker, RN, from Freeman Medical/Oncology,  was nominated by staff member, Linda Bailey. Linda was delivering a dinner tray to a patient  who wouldn’t respond and was breathing strangely. Linda quickly contacted Shelly who  discovered the patient was trying to cause harm to himself and intervened.

 Linda writes: “Shelly saved his life. She responded quickly when I expressed concern for him.  She was very professional in her duties and showed him great compassion and  encouragement in the following days during his stay. She is a hero in my eyes.”

The final DAISY Award winner for this quarter is Megan Dirteater, RN, from Medical/Oncology.  Megan was nominated by a visitor whose mother was receiving care.

 The nomination reads: “Every time Megan came into the room she had a smile on her face! She   was full of compassion and treated my mother as family. Megan brushed my mother’s hair and  rubbed lotion on her back to help her feel at ease at bedtime. My mother has dementia, and  even if my mother doesn’t remember her tomorrow, I will never forget the care Megan provided. The care she provided was truly exceptional.”

Congratulations to all of Freeman’s DAISY Award winners! Each honoree received a certificate commending her or him for being an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a box of Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls.  Shelly, Stacy and Megan are heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care. They serve as outstanding role models for the nursing profession.

Do you know a nurse deserving of the DAISY Award? Complete an online nomination form today!

April Bennett, MSN, RN, is Vice President of Nursing Services at Freeman Health System. April earned a Master of Science in nursing education from University of Missouri Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Missouri Southern State University. Providing care for nine years at Freeman, April has a passion for providing quality, compassionate and safe care to every patient, every time. 

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Jun 30, 2017

Freeman Honors DAISY Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of Freeman’s DAISY Award winners! Shelly, Stacy and Megan are heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care.

Freeman Health System recently held its first recognition ceremony in conjunction with the DAISY Foundation program. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him, but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of many people.

A few months ago, Freeman began requesting DAISY Award nominations from patients, fellow nurses, volunteers, physicians, staff or visitors. The nominee was to describe a situation in which the nurse demonstrated at least one of these principles:

P – Passion/compassion for nursing and the care provided to the patient and family
E – Empathy in the situation
T – Trust and teamwork with families, patients and teammates
A – Admirable attributes possessed
L – Loyalty to patients, families and hospital
S – Selflessness

It was no surprise Freeman received an abundance of nomination forms recognizing the compassionate care and clinical expertise of registered nurses. With the help of the Shared Governance Nursing Coordinating Council, Freeman selected three nurses to be honored at its first quarterly DAISY Award presentation.

The first recipient, Stacy Pryor, RN, from Freeman Emergency Department. Stacy was  nominated by a visitor whose 13-year-old son, James, needed medical attention. James had  viral encephalitis and needed to be transferred to a children’s hospital in Kansas City.

The mother writes: “Stacy was empathetic and warm, yet professional. She was professionally  proficient and communicated with us effectively and in a timely manner. Her calm demeanor  and excellent nursing skills were noticed and appreciated. James is doing wonderfully now,  due  in large part to the care he received at Freeman’s Emergency Department. Thank you!”

The second DAISY Award winner is Shelly Shoemaker, RN, from Freeman Medical/Oncology,  was nominated by staff member, Linda Bailey. Linda was delivering a dinner tray to a patient  who wouldn’t respond and was breathing strangely. Linda quickly contacted Shelly who  discovered the patient was trying to cause harm to himself and intervened.

Linda writes: “Shelly saved his life. She responded quickly when I expressed concern for him.  She was very professional in her duties and showed him great compassion and  encouragement in the following days during his stay. She is a hero in my eyes.”

The final DAISY Award winner for this quarter is Megan Dirteater, RN, from Medical/Oncology.  Megan was nominated by a visitor whose mother was receiving care.

The nomination reads: “Every time Megan came into the room she had a smile on her face! She   was full of compassion and treated my mother as family. Megan brushed my mother’s hair and  rubbed lotion on her back to help her feel at ease at bedtime. My mother has dementia, and  even if my mother doesn’t remember her tomorrow, I will never forget the care Megan provided. The care she provided was truly exceptional.”

Congratulations to all of Freeman’s DAISY Award winners! Each honoree received a certificate commending her or him for being an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a box of Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls.  Shelly, Stacy and Megan are heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care. They serve as outstanding role models for the nursing profession.

Do you know a nurse deserving of the DAISY Award? Complete an online nomination form today!

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April Bennett, MSN, RN, is Vice President of Nursing Services at Freeman Health System. April earned a Master of Science in nursing education from University of Missouri Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Missouri Southern State University. Providing care for nine years at Freeman, April has a passion for providing quality, compassionate and safe care to every patient, every time. 

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Jun 06, 2018

The Nursing Education Fund – How You Can Give

The Nursing Education Fund – How You Can Give

Having highly trained and educated nurses is a priority at Freeman Health System. The Nursing Education Fund is available to eligible Freeman nurses who want to further their nursing education. Money from the fund can be used for advancing a degree, a specialty certification (which can help an RN achieve a higher level in TAPP), healthcare projects or conferences that may be too expensive to attend without assistance. 

In 2017, I received funds to assist with my pursuit of a Master's Degree in Nursing – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. I used the funds to help pay for tuition and reduce the amount of student loans I needed – and I could use the funds as I saw fit. 

Donating to the fund helps promote the profession of nursing. Nursing has developed from a technical trade to a body of science that is based in research, theory and the art of healing. Nurses are a vital piece in the healthcare system, providing quality, safe care with skills in bedside care, informatics, quality improvement, administration, education and community health services –  just to name a few. For the profession to grow, we as nurses need to invest in ourselves, and the Nursing Education Fund helps us do that. We hope you consider making a contribution today.

To learn more about giving options, visit freemanhealth.com/give-to-freeman.

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