Freeman Maternity Care Only in Region with Blue Distinction Plus

BCBS Designation Recognizes Quality and Value for Consumers

(Joplin, MO)Freeman Health System has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Missouri as a Blue Distinction® Plus Center for Maternity Care – a designation that recognizes meaningful quality with measures developed with input from the medical community and also recognizes value with cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.

“Long-known for excellence in maternity care, Freeman Health System has been fulfilling the needs of expectant moms and their babies for decades,” says Paula Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud of our team of caregivers. And being named the only Blue Distinction Center Plus in the area for the second time in a row confirms that Freeman Maternity Center is the leader in providing world-class care close to home.”

Blue Distinction Plus Centers offer quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results. BCBS evaluated both vaginal and cesarean delivery data. More than 1,500 facilities applied to be considered for the Maternity Care designation, and only 544 nationwide are now named Blue Distinction Plus, including Freeman.

“We are very proud to have received the designation of Blue Distinction® Plus Center for Maternity Care,” says Dr. Angela Langer, Freeman Medical Director of Women’s Services. “This designation not only means we meet a national standard for various quality measures but that we also internally monitor our quality measures for continued improvement. This takes a team effort, and we are thankful for our physicians, midwives and nursing staff who work hard to take good care of our patients.”

Mothers trust Freeman to deliver, with more than 1,500 babies born at the hospital every year. Freeman Maternity Center features home-like birthing suites and private postpartum rooms as well as a state-of-the-art infant security system. Our highly trained, expert team includes board certified obstetricians available to care for all patients, including those with high-risk pregnancies.

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


Lisa Olliges, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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