Freeman Health System Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New MRI Service in Pittsburg

MRI Coach Offers High Quality Imaging Close to Home

(Joplin, MO) Freeman Health System held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 17 for Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine MRI Service. The high-resolution imaging facility is now operating in Pittsburg, Kansas to fill the void left with the closings of rural hospitals and clinics. 

“As the area’s leader in healthcare, Freeman serves people from all corners of the four-state area,” said Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker. “We’re honored to have that privilege and responsibility here in southeast Kansas. We understand that traveling to Joplin for medical appointments can sometimes be difficult or burdensome. This is why we’re offering MRI services in Pittsburg. Our highly certified and trained radiation technologists always put patients first, offering the expert and compassionate care everyone has come to expect from Freeman.”

“The MRI Coach, a mobile MRI trailer, currently operates two days a week but is seeing great demand, conducting more than 100 scans after recently opening,” said Freeman Director of Orthopaedic Services Mic Ward. “Freeman MRI Service is already receiving referrals from fourteen area physicians needing imaging for orthopaedic injuries, as well as workers’ compensation cases, abdominal issues, liver exams, neurologic injuries, and more.”

Freeman MRI Service is located at 100 N. Pine Street in Pittsburg. For scheduling information, you can call 417.347.6868.

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 2020, 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 2020-2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 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, Freeman Health System
Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator

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