Freeman Health Academy Returns

Summer Program Offers Hands-On Health Care Learning Experiences

(Joplin, MO) – Freeman Health System is a teaching hospital and is proud to bring back a hands-on learning opportunity for teens and adults with the Freeman Health Academy. The program is designed to give participants insight into healthcare careers. Anyone age 16 and up is welcome to submit an application.

“Most people don’t realize that we are our own little city at Freeman with hundreds and hundreds of different types of positions – clinical and non-clinical,” said Ashley Hopkins, Freeman Director of Professional Development. “Leaders and experts within the different fields will come to the sessions to give information about the necessary education, training, and different career paths.”

There will be four, one-week sessions available this summer: June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24, July 5 – 8, and July 25 – 29. Each session will have up to 15 participants who will receive hands-on training.

“We will have hands-on labs that will include a variation of dissections, trauma patient simulation, helicopter tour and Stop the Bleed,” said Hopkins. “Students will have the opportunity to become American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) Provider certified. The participants will get to choose a department and position to shadow during their scheduled session, as well.”

For more information and a program application visit or call Natalie at 417.347.2554. Applications must be received in PDD by May 23, 2022.

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. 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 & Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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