Freeman Breaks Ground on New Medical Office Building

Construction begins on Phase 1 of Expansion Plan

(Joplin, MO) Freeman Health System begins building for the future with a groundbreaking on May 31 for a new $10.1 million medical office building. Construction is now underway at the corner of 34th and McIntosh Circle for the three-story, 30,169-square-foot building.

“This is the first part of phase one of a long-term expansion plan,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to provide the best-possible experience for our patients and their loved ones, and that includes well-situated, modern offices providing the latest technologies and treatments. Of course, when you visit our new medical office building, you’ll receive the same top-notch care you’ve come to expect from Freeman Health System’s friendly, compassionate team of healing experts.”

The medical office building will house offices for physicians specializing in pain management, dermatology, urology, general surgery, and more in the near future. A covered canopy on the main level will offer protection for patients during drop-off and pickup. There will also be a connector bridge to the Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute building for better accessibility.

“Getting in and out of the building will be safe and easy,” said Baker. “Freeman endeavors to offer the area’s most comprehensive range of medical specialties, and this project is our next step in the continual upgrading and improvement of our services and facilities.”

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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