Freeman in a Flash for January 2022

Learn about what’s new in local healthcare with Freeman Health System’s newsletter, Freeman in a Flash. Read about ER renovations, the #WalkJoplin initiative, and much more below.

Freeman Neosho ER Renovations to Reduce Wait Times

Freeman Neosho Hospital has cut the ribbon on a completely renovated emergency department, celebrating a $1.5 million dollar investment in the facility.

The floor-to-ceiling renovation of the emergency department includes the addition of three new negative pressure isolation rooms, a negative pressure triage screening room, a new nurses’ station, new cabinets and work surfaces, centralized storage, glass enclosures and new paint, floors and ceilings.

“This new space will save an incredible amount of time between patients,” said Kyle Bridges, Freeman Neosho Hospital Assistant Director of Nursing. “The downtime required for sterilizing a room after treating a COVID-19 patient was up to 90 minutes. That time is shortened dramatically with negative pressure rooms.”

Read the full story here.

Freeman OccuMed Makes House Calls

In any occupational health program, understanding a worker’s environment and making healthcare convenient are key to protecting workers, preventing injuries and improving safety. Nearly any service Freeman OccuMed provides can be done onsite at your facility, including:

  • Mask fittings
  • Drug testing
  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Hearing tests (audiogram)
  • Vision tests
  • Physicals
  • Lab draws

Plant tours (1) provide firsthand experience in a work environment, (2) help healthcare providers ask more informed questions in the exam room, (3) build credibility with a patient and (4) share knowledge gained from other site visits. Freeman OccuMed providers are available to visit your plant as health guidelines allow.

Schedule a plant tour by contacting To schedule an onsite service, please contact

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Client Inspires Community at Christmas

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the feel-good stories have to end! Five-year-old Nora Beachner’s family has received assistance from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals since she was an infant. This year, they wanted to give back, so they donated the $400 from their family’s yearly walnut sale to CMN.

Word of Nora’s generosity spread fast and inspired many others to match Nora’s gift. When Nora and her family formally made their donation to Freeman on December 20, they were given a great surprise — their gift had inspired $20,000 in matching gifts from others in our community!

Read Nora’s full story here.

What Isn’t Your Body Telling You?

Timely access to quality medical care and routine screenings saves lives. Preventive screenings help identify problems even before you have symptoms. Many common illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis begin quietly. Early detection allows you and your doctor to create an action plan before chronic disease processes begin. Take charge of your health by:

  • Seeing your primary care provider
  • Getting your preventive screenings
  • Rescheduling postponed appointments and procedures
  • Following up on any concerns

Freeman Screen Team brings early detection and prevention to your workplace through turn-key health fairs. You can also contact the Freeman Physician Finder at 417.347.3767 for help finding a primary care physician.

Schedule an onsite health fair here.

Creating a Culture of Well-Being in the Workplace

Many create New Year’s resolutions to become healthier versions of themselves. Since full-time employees spend a third of their time at work, what better place to promote wellness than in the workplace?

In Freeman’s latest Medical Musings blog post, Freeman Wellness Coordinator Kris Drake, RN, CHPD,discusses how companies can create wellness programs using a whole-person approach.

Read the full blog post here.


Healthy Joplin, a combined effort of One Joplin and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is working on a group walking initiative in the community. If you or your organization is interested in hosting a walking group (it’s easy, we promise), you’ll find information about how to participate on the Walking Leaders Facebook group.

The pinned post is a video PSA about the health benefits of walking in groups. Check it out — you might recognize someone it in!

Caregiver Support Group

The Freeman Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, January 20 at 10:30 am in the Freeman East Conference Rooms.

Join fellow caregivers for this support group meeting to gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to better take care of family members. Door prizes will be given out.

RSVP to Kathy Mason at 417.347.8463 or To see the full list of upcoming events offered by Freeman, click here.

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