Freeman Teams Up with PBS for Reading Event

Cat in the Hat and Freeman Administrators Share Stories with Joplin Preschool Students

Pictured left to right: Freeman Health System President and CEO Paula Baker, PBS's Cat in the Hat, Freeman Chief Financial Officer Steve Graddy, and Freeman Hospitalist Dr. Adam Fahrenholtz

(Joplin, MO) – “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go!” wrote Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. It was a message Freeman Health System’s leadership hoped would inspire the youngest students in Joplin on a rainy afternoon this week. 

Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker and other hospital administrators demonstrated the joy and importance of reading as they shared books written by Dr. Seuss with preschool students at Joplin Early Childhood on April 7, 2021. 

They were joined by the Cat in the Hat, a popular Dr. Seuss character who appears regularly in programming on Ozarks Public Television’s PBS Kids.

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, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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