Freeman Health System Hosts Cat in the Hat Reading Event

Preschoolers Taught Love of Reading

Paula Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeman Health System, reads 'Green Eggs and Ham'.

(Joplin, MO) – Dr. Seuss once said: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

On Thursday, March 2, Freeman Health System’s President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker, Chief Financial Officer Steve Graddy, and Dr. Adam Fahrenhotlz, Freeman’s Medical Director of Hospitalist Services, read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to a group of 30 preschool children at the Freeman Learning Center in Joplin. They were joined by the Cat in the Hat, a popular Dr. Seuss character who appears regularly in programing on Ozarks Public Television’s PBS Kids.

Stories shared included Green Eggs and Ham, read by Paula Baker; One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent, read by Steve Graddy; and Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!, read by Dr. Fahrenhotlz.

The event was organized by Freeman Health System and the Ozarks Public Television to help promote reading skills and develop the kids’ love of reading, which is fundamental to learning.

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


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Freeman Health System

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